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Memories of Oldham
The Sweet Shop And The Imperial Cinema
From John Moloney; email@example.com I was moved to Oldham as an evacuee from Stretford in 1941 to live at 395 Featherstall Road North. The house was occupied by my great-great aunt, Ellen Farrow, and her son Fred and his wife Maggie. When I arrived I was full of impetigo (at least that's what I was told). I was literally scrubbed from head to toe, then bandaged, over an ointment on the sores. The next day I was embarrassingly taken on the bus to a clinic, bloodied bandages showing below my short pants. There, the bandages were painfully removed and I was washed with calamine lotion. Whatever the treatment, the sores healed and there was no recurrence of the problem. Maggie and Fred Farrow both worked at the Willowbank Cotton Mill at the bottom of Granville St. Fred also worked taking tickets evenings and weekends at the Imperial Cinema which was only three doors away across Granville St. If my friend George Rigby and I were good, and only sat in the front row,... Read more
I remember going shopping in Oldham markets with my mother, there used to be a man sat on a trolley just inside the door (he had no legs I think he used to beg for money) as soon as he saw a copper he was of down the street on his trolley. The smell of the potted meat and oven bottom muffins is also a great memory.
Growing Up In Abbeyhills
I was born at 102, 12th Avenue, Abbehills, my maiden name being O'Brien. I have very fond memories of my childhood and the freedom that we had to roam around the rolling hills and moors, Hartshead Pike etc. I was born in 1939, but my fondest memories were in the 50's. I went to Alexandra Park School and to Waterloo School (school dinners, yuk!) I worked at the Thornham mill in Royton. I met my husband-to-be, at Billingtons Dance Hall and, married at Oldham Church in 1959. My husband Joe, was a Shaw boy and quite proud of it. I came from a large family and we were poor, but never knew it. Everyone was the same in those days, and most people were friendly and helpful to each others needs. We emigrated to Australia in 1966 and now live in Tasmania, but we are still drawn from time to time, back to Oldham and Shaw. Things have not changed that much and the people never change, indeed, some... Read more
Born in Oldham
I was born in Oldham in 1944, we moved into a house in Smith Square just off Huddersfield Road in 1948 and stayed there till 1959. This house had no back door, no electric and no hot water. It was a tough life but the people were great. I have some fond memories of this place and if anyone has a photo of Smith Square I would love a copy, it would be greatly appreciated. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Desperate For Information on William Balshaw
I have found a letter from Mary Ann Balshaw (possibly Ada Mary Ann) written from British School, Patricroft in 1882 - I believe she was the sister of my grandfather. He disappeared without a trace in about 1928. The parents were Adam Balshaw and Mary Ann (nee Wilson). If anyone knows of this family I would love to hear about it.