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Sutton Flats And Pendleton High School.

I was born in 1946 and went to live on Sutton Flats when I was 5. We lived there in various flats until I was 21! By then, each block was known by a name rather than just a number and we lived at the top of Littlegreen House, though many people called it Little Greenhouse! When I was 11 I went to Pendleton High School, now a housing estate, as a scholarship girl. It was sometimes difficult to be a scholarship pupil and we were often subjected to snobbery, but we didn't realise it at the time. I remember struggling to school with a cello which had no case, and I couldn't get a bus pass because we lived too close to the school. I later learned the clarinet and piano and moved to the Northern School of Music. When I married in 1970 at St Thomas, Pendelton I moved to North Wales where I live to this day. The flats are no longer there and neither is Broad... Read more

Born on Sutton Flats

I was born on Sutton Flats (now demolished) Pendleton in 1941. My first vague memory was sitting under a table with a blanket draped over it and a lit candle (must have been an air-raid on at the time). My first real memory was a party in the square, which I learnt later was to celebrate VE Day. My first school was St Thomas (also demolished), but the Church is still there. Then my mother moved me to Halton Bank, (now turned into flats). My closest friends at that time was Tony Washington, Keith Aspey and Graham Walker, we went every together, and to be honest it is a wonder any of us survived to adulthood after some of the things we did. We used to get into the railway sidings in Brindle Heath to get large ball bearing of the Thomas Ward scrap wagons, or climb onto the top of the embankment to lay long nails on the track for an express train to flatten after roaring past us.... Read more

4 Years at Clarendon Secondary Modern

I was born at Hope Hospital in March 1947 and lived in Ducie Place off Liverpool St, close to the Oldfield Rd end. I went to Hope Street school till I was 10, and then my mum sent me to West Liverpool Street school, thus making sure I went to Clarendon when I became 11. For reasons known only to the Gods I was placed in 1b1. The headmaster was Mr Harris, the deputy was the formidable Mr Coyle, who I believe became headmaster after I left. Ducie Place was cobbled (of course!) and was a cul-de-sac with a brick wall blocking off one end and on the Liverpool St end was the Druids Arms (on the left) and Smiths butchers (on the right). I played rugby league for Clarendon and have a photo of the team; Roger Byrne was the captain and Mr Flatley was the coach, and my form teacher. A teacher called Mr Faulkner also taught at Clarendon and who I was at school with at... Read more

Salford Childhood Memories

When the Beatles took off in the early sixties, me and my friends couldn't believe it in those dark rainy school days mornings, something to brighten them up, so we used to pretend to be the Beatles. I was John Lennon. Every morning before we went in school, West Liverpool St, we went on the reck, sat on the swings and used to sing Beatles songs, always making us late for school. For xmas that same year I got my first acoustic guitar, I couldn't play, I didnt have a clue. There was a lad in my class, David Bradshaw, who could play, he was very good and everyone was really impressed by him, even the teachers, so we started a duet together even though I didn't know how to play we got through. He used to bounce when he walked, he was known for it, so when we walked together I automaticaly started bouncing too - I couldnt help it. ... Read more

Playing in Salford

I was born in Salford in 1954, except for a brief spell of 4 years in Newton Heath in the late fifties, I have lived there ever since. When I was 11 years old my friend and I were playing digging on the old nursery croft on Brighouse Street when we thought we discovered an old 2nd world war bomb. Most of it was buried, just the nose end showing, so out of exitment we thought we had better tell our dads. On the way we told more and more kids who ran and told their dads. Finally we told ours and by the time we got back there was a massive crowd that had built up. So my dad and my friend's dad started to dig around it and knock it as all the crowd were gathering round. All of a sudden it came loose - It was just a metal cap off an oil drum or something. If it had of... Read more

Clyde Street, Salford

I remember living at no 6 Clyde Street and at the end of the street was Mrs Grant's shop. I was the eldest of four (me) Mandy Derbyshire, my brothers Jason and Paul, and my sister Kelly. I remember being part of the filming that took place about 1970, or maybe a bit later. I remember my friend Boo Boo (Madeline) who sadly drowned in the River Irwell after reaching in to catch her shoe. Our next door neighbours were Mrs Collins and Old Jim, who had a wooden leg. He lived with two sisters who where always shouting at us, and Jim used to say to us, "take no notice of them" and he always used to pass bags of sweets to me mam, for us. The Hamiltons used to live at the top of the next street. I remember my school being called Ascension (I think) and I remember our Jason falling off his boogie and having what looked like another eye in the middle of his forehead.... Read more

Good Old Days in Salford

I was born in Salford, one of six children to Edith Casey and Ken Casey, their other children consisted of Linda, Alan, Barry, Ken, Paul and of course myself. We lived at number 50 Bury Street which was off Ellor Street. My dad worked at Greengate and Irwell. In those days I can remember playing in the streets, making boogies out of a plank of wood and four pram wheels and a bit of rope to stear it. In those day we were quite poor but we made our own games up and did what we could to keep us amused. The house we lived in was a two up two down with a toilet outside in the yard and a tin bath hung on the back door, with an open fireplace where my mum had to make the fire for the next morning. In the kitchen I remember we had an old square pot sink and an old kitchenette that had a leaf that pulled down. The reason why... Read more

My Salford Days From 1953

I have very fond memories of Salford. I first lived in Franklin St, Ordsall, until I was about 4 or 5 years old. I recall the pub on the corner and the church at the other end. I lived on the landings facing the resevoirs. I recall going to see the famiy doctor Yonace. who was a lovely man. From there we moved to Vere St, one house up from the dock gates. My dad was a docker. The CWS was also just off our street. I think it was a box factory. I recall playing out for hours and hours exploring Mode wheel and Weaste cemetary where we had a tyre swing near the canal. I recall our treat was to get the number 15 bus from Eccles New road and go to Worsley Woods for the day. It was another world from where we lived. Also, later on, we used to get the number 10 bus to the new swimming pool at Irlam. Other than that we used... Read more

Playing Out In Salford's Streets

I was born and bred at home, 19 Newall Street Salford 5, in 1960. A small street just off Eccles New Road near to Cross Lane. I often sit and remember the tight, cobbled streets where we played Rallyheaveho, Football and Kick Ball Hide. All the kids, all the time, we just loved playing......Robbers Knock, a game that would get us a clip round the lughole if we got caught!..'The Purse Trick' was our favourite. An old purse would have cotton tied round the clasp and placed outside the door of the corner shop at night. We would hide and be in stitches watching people bend down and have it tugged away when they were within an inch of grabbing it!..Some of the embarrassed faces we seen were priceless.

The rag and bone man, the coalman and even ice cream man, we never see them anymore. Kids playing out on bikes, scooters, pogo sticks and even sharing roller skates with somebody else, flippin' one each!

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Salford in The War

As a child I lived in Earl St Hanky Park then moved to Cottrill St off Ellor St.   I attended John St school in the Ellor St area. I never really knew my dad.  He went in the army when I was 4 years old in 1939 and returned in 1946 when I was 9 years of age.  During the Blitz of Manchester and Salford in 1940, when the sirens sounded we all had to go to Unwin St shelters for the night but me and my brother Jack who was 5 years older used to watch the German bombers coming over dropping their bombs over Trafford Park, Salford Docks and Manchester.  It's a sight not to be fogotten.  When the war finished with the defeat of Germany, we had street parties to celebrate VE day (Victory in Europe).  The war was not over with Japan untill 1946.  I was playing in the street when this soldier with three stripes, a sargent, and Australian bush hat on and carrying a... Read more

Salford Childhood

I was born in and grew up in Salford. My dad had a pub "The Farriers Arms" off Bury Street, and before that my dad was caretaker of Ladywell flats. We lived in Flint House, the blocks were alphabetically named, Albion, Barry, Corby, Danby, Easton, Flint and Goole. Afacing the flats was a quarry where we used to play and a shop called Stories.
When we moved to the pub in the early 50s things were so different than today - we used to play out with no fear of harm, we used to roam the terraced streets and only came home when mam shouted us in, or it was tea time. We would go to Peel Park, Dean Road Park where they had a parkie who ruled the park, the Rex cinema where we would go to the Saturday matinee, on Sundays all the kids went to Sunday school. I went to Gravel Lane off Blackfriars Road, and attended Sacred Trinity School, Canon Hussey was the then rector of... Read more

Langdale House, Salford

I lived in Langdale House, Salford. It was a block of masonettes, there were two other blocks on the same road, Patterdale and Ennerdale. We lived on the 3rd floor, overlooking a small play park and a row of tiny one bedroomed bungalows. I went to Mount Carmel school, which was just near Boots The Chemist which was on a corner on Regent Road. We used to walk from Oldfield Road right up to the top of Regent Road to the market at Cross Lane. Regent Road was a very busy shopping area in the early 60's there was every type of shop. I can remember my mum buying loose butter at the butchers on Regent Road. I can remember Landies Department Store, where they had a payment system which was piped all around the store, the assistant would take your money and it would then somehow go through the pipes to a cashiers office in a kind of shuttle and then your... Read more

Harry Street

My gran lived on Harry Street in the 1960's and early 70's. I remember playing near the trafford swing bridge and the excitement when it was opened.  Old terraced houses slums by then. Corner shops and the horrible smell from the canal. When Man Utd were at home people would park all over the place!! Burtons ice cream (tasted like brylcream), going up to the shops on Trafford Rd - busy busy.  My dad lived at Sunnyside Court in the flats in the 70's and 80's. Lots of redevelopment going on then including Harrys being knocked down. I loved to visit Ordsall Hall with him and walk along the canal paths. I like to visit the Lowry Centre now when I'm up north, and see all the changes.
Debra Edwards (nee Rimmer/Byrne)

Lady Well Flats

The Royal Technical Institute 1897, Salford
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I remember them well, we lived in Easton House after being moved from Melbourne Street, Ordsall. I delivered the papers up and down all those stairs for half of the blocks every day before school and then after school. My teenage years were spent at the Lyndale trying to be grown up and I had my first shandy in the Hair and Hounds.

Our Gang

The Royal Technical Institute 1897, Salford
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I was born in Russel Place off Hankinson St. We had cockroaches all over the house and there was 8 kids & 2 adults in a 2up 2down. We had no money & my dad was a gambler & a violent man. In 1952 we were rehoused to Corby House, Ladywell flats. This was when our gang of kids was formed, we played on the farm near Cock Robin Bridge, we played footie till dark & got belted for ruining our corpie boots. We made bats and played cricket, we played farmer, farmer, rallyevio, commandos, Flash Gordon, we were on the quarry taking risks on conveyors, we got belted by Sgt. Morrison for tresspassing. We had massive bonfire nights and spent weeks collecting & pinching bonnie wood, we rigged up bikes & went appleing in Lymn & made ourselves sick on crab apples & bad pears. We started to collect train numbers & began to learn about tankers, mickies, brits, semis, namers & engines I cannot remember. Then some of us... Read more

Royal Technical College Salford 1947 - 1950

The Royal Technical Institute 1897, Salford
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I was born in 1933. My family lived in Nansen Street, Salford until 1939, when we moved to 27 Winster Ave off Littleton Rd where I attended St Sebastian School off Whit Lane througout the war. In 1947, by the Grace of God, I won a scholarship which gave me entry to JTS, Junior Technical school, within the Royal Technical College. The first year was hell for a kid coming from a Catholic elementary school. I didn't even know what Pi was. By the end of my third year I reached the top of my class. By God's grace I was given the opportunitity to study at the JTS and it changed my life completely. I shall be forever grateful. Because of my JTS education when I left school in 1950, I obtained a five year engineering apprenticeship with G.N. Haden & Sons. In 1965, I was a Section and Project Manager, Building Services for Haden and my final project before leaving for Canada... Read more

Dunnetts Now And Then

Born in Salford 1949, as was my sister in 1947. We lived with our mum and dad, Mary and Ted Dunnett at 379 Liverpool Street, Salford the butchers shop on the corner opposite Dorothy Rosco and Walshes shop. There were four shops, one on each corner. We went to Langworthy School and at Chimney Pot park we played. Fred Oddie, who also had a butchers shop, was a good friend to mum and dad, Vinnie Vale, Gorden Flaharty, Tommy Flaharty and many more who were such nice people. We moved to Cornwall when I was about ten. Cornwall was where my mother was from, she met dad during the war as so many did. Went back many times, happy memories. My sister and myself are doing Ancestry started in 2006, so many Dunnetts here and overseas it is a wonderful hobby.

Bridson Street

I was born at Hope Hospital and Christened at St.Luke's. A lot of my family (including me until I was 4 yrs of age) lived on Bridson St. My nan Dorothy (Dolly) and grandad William (Bill) Kendrick lived on the street until they were forced to move due to the houses being demolished. I used to stay every holiday until I was about 11 yrs of age and they were the happiest days of my childhood. I always worry that I will forget as time goes on but I do still remember so many things clearly - the smell of my nanas cooking, my grandad checking his pools every Saturday, The Veteran Pub - my grandads local, Berts shop on the corner, Gerry the ice cream man, Jack Lawrence's green grocer. The number 10 bus but I can't remember where it went ! The two up two down with a yard and outside toilet and an entry running at the back that used to frighten me thinking rats would... Read more

School Years

All my school years were spent at st barts on tatton st 1949 to easter 1959 I think my most memorable time was when we went to the isle of man for a weak whith harry holmes who was head master at the time

Mount Carmel School

I went to mount carmel school during
1945 - 1955 my name was jean shaw
l rememder Mr Jolly Mr Glyne, Miss Grey, Miss Ward, Mr Miller (The ten foot killer), liitle Jock and many others. In my class was my life long friend Francis Millington, .ann Washington, Kathleen Oats, Mary Cuddy, Mary Shipham, Danny Grayson, Bobby Thompson, Anthony Glyne, Brian Ball, George Harrison and many others. I lived in Robert Hall Street at that period in time.

Joynson Street, Off Lower Broughton Road

Born in May 1949 at no. 98 Joynson Street, two up two down,as they all were in them days. Tin bath in the back yard. Open fire in the front room where mam made us toast when we had enough bread. Dad was a warehouseman at Atkinson's mam was a machinist for a Jewish firm in Cheetham Hill.I went to St. Anne's infants on Silk Street then to St Boniface's and finally at St Albert's. I might be the odd one out here but I really loved going to school no matter what the weather threw at us. I remember walking to Bonnies in snow up to my knees. It was a bit scary when it was foggy but go there and back OK. Loads of faded memories, will have to sit down and try to recall and write them on this brilliant site.

Sutton Flats

I lived on Sutton flats from 1965 until 1975. lived in Crompton house, it was a good place to grow up, safe everyone knew each other. I can remember playing in the Rocket and Mickey Mouse parks, there was a playground in the middle of the estate that i also played in, i think we called it The swings.
Attended Halton Bank School and Hope High.
Mr Brown was the Manager of the flats,he and the other staff members ( porters) policed the estate making sure us kids behaved ourselves.I can name some of them,Eddie Renshaw, Mr Hall and his parrot and Froggy the sparky,Fred Mason and Duggie Leigh.
Families i remember are the Harrisons,Leaders,Streches,Austics and the Pollards.
Became Church warden at St Thomas (Pengy Church). Moved away from Salford in 1985, married  in St Mary's  Hendon ,London, in 86, and now live in Sussex.
Happy days.

Good Old Days

I went to Albert Park school and then broughton modern and lived in grasmere st my name was Stamford then. We left when I was 15yrs old and came to Prestatyn as my Mum and Dad ran the Salford children's holiday camp. I have great memories of Albert park school and the park also the landslide . Broughton modern was a good school does anyone remember the old ladies who sold toffee at the school gates?? They made it all different colours and we always called it a bits bag of toffee. They were great school days and it's sad that kids don't have the freedom that we had. I remember giving my dad's jumper to the rag and bone man because I wanted a fish. Lots of fantastic memories.

Halton Bank School

I was born in 1941 on Sutton Flats and went to Halton Bank School from 1944 to 1956. This is an answer to Anthony Hargreaves: I was in your dad's class and I also remember his butcher's shop, I think he also had a mobile shop as well.

Gone But Not Forgotten

I was born 23 Gallemore Street, just off Union Street; mother's name was Betty, brothers were Harold, Barry and Stephen. Sisters were Joyce ,Sandra and Ann. The pub on the corner was called the Brunswick. Hough Lane ran parallel to Union Street at the end was Peel Park Bridge, remember playing on the banks of the river Irwell near Adelphi Bridge. My mates were Ray Chapman and Joe Neeson among others. Going to the Tower Pitcher house and the milk bar on Lower Broughton Road and of collecting bonfire wood... happy days! Went to Blackfriars Junior School then to Broughton Modern. We moved to Silk Street from there, sad to see all the old houses pulled down. Would love to go back to those days, although we never had much we were always happy and well fed. Bloody worked hard... my mam.


I was born and bred in Salford in 1942 on Littleton Road, the first thing I remember was the flooding of the River Irwell and then queuing for Canadian Aid at Kersal Cells with my mum, we got a home made quilt in lovely shades of green!!! and I remember it was over the bed that my sister and slept, I went to Lower Kersal school and then Broughton Modern, but left Salford when I was 17, but I can honestly say I had the happiest childhood that I could have wished for, in the school holiday we were left to our own devices and Drinkwater park was a must!!! I also remember after the war the barrage balloon that was on Littleton Road field and men parachuting out I think they were American but not sure. I have been back to Salford about 8 years ago to have a look at the house and area that I was born in, but it has changed and didn't... Read more

Living in A Two Up, Two Down

I have great happy memories of Tennyson Street just behind Seaford Road, Salford. I was born in 44 Tennyson Street to an irish mam, I was the youngest of three with two older brothers. My mam said in them days, 'I could leave my purse on the edge of the tv and the hall door open, and no one would touch it.' I grew up as a teenager in Salford in the eighties; I also attended St Boniface's School and then went on to St Alberts in Whit Lane. I think Salford in the eighties was at its best. I also remember Pilkingtons shop next to the post office and facing Lowry High School. He needed bringing into the eighties; old fashioned weighing scales and bits and bobs all over, he was a bit grumpy but a nice man. Oh and Seaford Road; Jacks fish and chips - he must have been there over 20 years. I used to love going into that chippy as a small kid as it... Read more

Massey /Sharples

My name is Debbie Sharples, I was born at 456 Great Cheetham Street in 1958. My dad was Alec Sharples and my mother Joan Sharples (nee Massey). My grandparents, Sarah and Harold Massey, were coal merchants who lived on Broughton Lane facing the milk bar. Have lovely memories of growing up in Salford. I have recognised a couple of names from the past; John Potts...I remember you lived on Lower Broughton Road (Mayfield Kennels). Does anyone remember my parents or grandparents?

Derby Street, Lower Broughton, Salford 7

I lived in Derby Street, Lower Broughton from my birth in 1944 until we moved to Little Hulton in 1954. I remember the Coopers living there too, Billy and Garry Cooper. They lived a few doors away from the couple I called Aunty Betty and Uncle Bob whose surname was Holden. Next door to us were the Jordan's; Ronnie, who I didn't really know cos he was in the army, Tommy, Peter and Lynne. Next door to them were the Whalleys, related to the Jordan's, and next door to them the Mateers. Jean Mateer was older than me and I have it in my mind that her father was some kind of lay preacher! Could be entirely wrong about that though! In my family I had my mother Anne, my father John, my eldest brother Teddy (who died in a road accident on Sussex Street in 1954) my brother John, me, my brother Kevin, my sister Kath and, after we moved, my brother Chris. Hope you remember us.

Down by The Docks

Born in Grandma's house in 1947 before moving round the corner. Loved the sounds and smell of the docks, watching the big ships come in to unload and load cargo then waving to the train drivers as they chugged along. Played 'kick the can' under the street lights at 5 in the evening in the winter and 'two-ball' on the Salvation Army wall. Went to Central Mission Church where I was Rose Queen and paraded in the Whit Sunday Walks. Attended Trafford Road Girls before moving to Halton Bank school. Listened to the brass band play in Ordsall Park before playing on the swings. Had a wonderful childhood in Salford.

Burgons Ice Cream

I lived in 14 Halliwell Street near Ordsall Park. I remember when the horse pulling the ice cream cart kicked a car on Hartington Street which put a right dent in the wing. There was a right old curfuffle. Loved Salford and Ordsall, best years of my childhood.

I Was Born at 64 Elton st Salford in 1943

I remember the floods in Elton St when I was young. All my relatives lived in the area - my grandparents lived in Gorden St - they were called Reid. All my family are from the area.

Salford Academy

I remember dancing my heart out at the cad every Saturday night - loved it - it was all very innocent - then dancing round our handbags because they were always getting pinched. I had my first smooch there and rocked all night. I cannot remember the name of the lady who took the money to get in but she was a tyrant and would quickly have the troublemakers chucked out by the bouncer - happy days.

Holidays in Salford.

Used to love going on holiday to Salford, yes, Salford as far I was concerned it was the greatest place ever when I was a nipper. My dad was a Salford lad born and bred, my gran stayed at number 6 Derby Street, first house on the right coming off Regent Road. My dad moved to Scotland in 1948 when he married my mum but a Salford lad he was and proud of it. My gran's house was opposite the baths, which although called Regent Road baths, were more or less on Derby Street. There used to be a seat on Regent Road at the top of Derby Street and I would sit there as a wee lad and watch the world go by. I remember the shop a bit further down on the other side of the street where I would buy my ice cream on a stick. I know Derby Street and many more are all gone now, but if I could go back in time just once... Read more

Memories of Salford 7

I was born in Hope Hospital in 1946 and lived at number 2 Arm Street, Salford 7. I went to Grecian Street school and every Sat. me and my friends used to go to the Tower picture house - it was 6p to get in and 3p for an Orange Maid lolly. After that we would all go to Albert Park to play on the swings. As a treat my dad would take me and my mum to the Priary pub, I loved it there. Oh happy days.....

St. Barts

I was wondering if that family name of Wlloughby includes Herbert who's grandfather had a coalyard just off Tatton St. I remember being at St. Barts. One hot summers day we cooled ourselves with the ice from the fishmonger crates, which felt great at the time, but when we got back into the hot classroom it was obvious where the ice had come from. That was in 1956 in Mr. Williams's - we called him Penguin because he wore the black shoulder cloak. Then we moved Everard house flats to Little Hulton.

Liverpool Street

I was born on a row of terraced houses on Liverpool Street, between Ewart Street and Albion Street, Bright Street ran at the back of us. I attended Hope Street School from 1944 to July 1954 and my maiden name was Briggs. Does anyone remember me or is there anyone on this website who attended the same school in the same years?

Salford Born And Bred

From the 1960's We lived on Octavia House, I am Mike kilburn, there was my sister Susan, and brother Paul. My mother was Pat, sadly deceased. We moved to Dequincey house after living for some years on Octavia. I went to school at Halton Bank then to Hope Hall High School. I remember Cross Lane market and Silcocks Fair. Also remember the chicken farm at the bottom of the flats. I also went to Duggies for my short back and sides. Nice guy Duggie was. I remember getting up at 2.30 at the weekends and going to Lancashire Hygenic Dairies to help deliver the milk. My best mate was Ray Birtwistle who was my best man at my wedding; we still see each other on a regular basis. The cage where we used to play football all day. Respect for your elders and the Police was huge (not like todays kids). Once a salford lad always a Salford lad. I now work on Agecroft road which has now been turned... Read more

Smiths Fish And Chip Shop[

Hi, I'm researching my family history and wonder if anyone remembers Ada and Robert Smith. I think they owned a fish and chip shop but I am not sure where in Salford it would have been in the 1940-50's. Ada and Robert had a son William who went off to war and did not return in 1917. The circumstances I have found out were very sad. They may also have been related to Elsie Smith who is the person I am really looking for. Its great to read about so many memories which are closely realted to my own as I grew up in Old Trafford. I still miss it, although I have not lived there for 40 years now. I love going back, it will always be home to me.

Ellor Street

I lived on Ellor Street for the first 16 years of my life. I went to John Street School followed by Pendleton High School for Girls. I clearly remember the Salford Hippodrome at the end of the street and frequent visits there to see 'The Pantomime'. I attended the Unitarian Church on Cross Lane and after the service on Sunday afternoon would go with my friends to Brays, just further along Cross Lane, for a hot Vimto (we lived life in the fast lane in those days!) It seems incredible now in these days of 'ultra safety' but my sister and I would go alone to the library in Peel Park and cross the busy Crescent (the A6) at about the ages of 9 and 7. My aunt had a corner shop on Unwin Street called Jacksons and when she and my uncle went away I loved helping my mother look after the shop. I have very fond memories of my time at John Street School. It had a playground... Read more

Tea Leaf Alley Gertrude Street

Yes, I'm almost certain people will remember Gertrude Street. My name is John Howard and I lived at No.31 Gertrude St. Went to Mount Carmel RC, I also went to the Cad on Regent Rd many times. I'm always bumping into Alf Sharkey on the precinct. My pals back then were; Johnny Saunders, Eddie Murphy, Henry Sunley, Brian Rowlands, Freddy Luscombe and Brian Davies. We all frequented Pat Curry's then we would nip down to the Greyhound near old Mark Addy's bridge. We had a great time we all wore nice suits at the weekends, wouldn't it be nice to go back in time? They were the good days. I was born in 1942 and loved every minute in Ordsall.


Lived in Greengate industrial dwellings until I was 19 and would be delighted if anyone knows if any photos exist of them as I have searched and cannot find any.

Derby Street

I lived at 24 Derby Street from 1948 to 1958. It was a family road with mum an dad living at 28 and brother Jim up the road. I remember Billy Dags who owned our houses. I remember going over the road to Joan's shop to have a tin of beans until my husband got paid. My husband worked at the fruit market and then P.R Jackksons. I worked at Salford Elec in Silk Street during the war. I was born in 1927 and have memories of Lower Broughton after the war as I lived in West Duke Street before I met my husband after the war.

Born in Salford, Living There Until 1951, my Happiest Years

Actually I was born in 1936, in Hope Hospital. My mom was Elizabeth Scotchford and my dad Noel Lilley. They separated after my brother Paul was born. My only memory was living with my grandma and grandpa at 59 Edward Ave. I went to Tootal Road School, then Pendleton High School. My grandma's first husband was killed in WW1, she was originally a Flitcroft, then Scotchford, then she married Tom Minta, my grandpa. She had about 13 brothers and sisters with families. I hope someone recognizes some of the names. I moved to America in 1951 and eventually lost contact with all my family. I had good friends, Brenda Hartley (Bark) and Peter Worthington who were my neighbours. There were a lot more in High School and we stayed in touch for a while. We used to hang out at the Weaste Hotel, ride our bikes through Buile Hill Park and go to Urmston Baths. Boy my memory is better than I thought. I remember a lot of us walking... Read more


My Uncle Derrick worked at the CWS. We lived in West Ashton Street where I was born in 1948. I went to Stowell Memorial Infants School then Trafford Road Junior Girls School then Ordsall Secondary Modern School for Girls. I was there on the opening day until I left in the fifth year.

Dock Area Life

I was born at 13 Ellor Street, Hankey Park, in 1940 to Sarah and Charles Feeley (snr), the youngest of five siblings: Charlie (jnr) Eileen, Monica and Hannah. In 1941 my father left for the army, and we moved to 46 Brookland St off Eccles New Road in 1946. The house was around 6 times bigger than our old one, to which former residents of Ellor St will know what I mean. My friends at Brookland St were Graham Robinson, Raymond Preston and Vinny Jacobs. I went to St Ambrose C of E and was a regular recipient of Mr Roberts' cane. Brookland street went down to the Dock wall where we were regular marauders. Cross Lane Market was another provider of 'provisions' for me and my gang. I tell my grandchildren about our outdoor toilet and happy long summer days in Bule Hill Park and Chimney Pot Park. Trips to Altrincham supplemented our Apple requirements. I often reminisce about Gardner St gym and Albert Merchant training us lads how... Read more

Brown Cow

I used to pal out with a guy called Jack Evans who lived with his parents next to the Brown Cow pub on Albion Street, Salford, before they were moved to Little Hulton. That was 55 years ago. I have some pleasant memories of the area. I lost touch with Jack and am still wondering if he is still with us.

Whit Lane

My parents owned a fish and chip shop just off Whit Lane at No1 Kent Street. The shop was damaged during the blitz, Dec 1940. Dad was away in the RAF, we were under the stairs sheltering when the bomb hit us. We were very lucky and just suffered a few cuts, apart from that and being filthy we were ok . Mother took us the live with an aunt in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. It took 18 hours to get there, not including the walk from Kent Street to London Road Station, stumbling over rubble and dirt. We eventualy settled in Glossop and never returned to live in Salford.

Robin Hood Pub in Salford

I was born in 61. My gran and grandad Elizabeth and Thomas Wainwright ran the Robin Hood pub in Salford - I cannot remember the exact street it was on, but I think you could get to it from Lower Broughton Rd. It was a cosy little pub. I remember staying there when I was little and playing behind the bar, which was not very big, then there was a little lobby that went into the back which was the living quarters. There was a kitchen, I think, to the right, with like a big partioned window and door. I remember the smell of pies coming from there. My mam, me and my brother spent christmas there once, I got a pot tea set, I filled the tea pot with water and spilled it all over the stairs, which my gran stood in when she got up. I remember the stairs had a door at the bottom of them. I loved staying there with my granny and... Read more

Salfordin The 30,S

I took part in a Salford Pageant, part of a dancing troop performing D' ye ken John Peel. I also remember the Black Americans being garrisoned on the same Race course and I couldn't understand why, they were very polite and kind. Spending Scool holidays queuing for onions and anything else in short supply. Chasing cotton balls up the road and collecting Shrapnel .What would todays techno kids think of that?

Robin Hood Inn

Hi my name is Julie Senior, daughter of Derek Mcbride, born in 1947 and lived in the Robin Hood Inn in Salford. His parents were Annie Mcbride nee Bridge and William David Mcbride and he also had a sister, Doreen Mcbride born 1937. He's been telling me lots of old stories but unfortunately we can't find out much and I'd love to find out more to put that smile back on his face, the one I saw when he was telling me the stories of growing up in Salford. Please, if anyone knows these names or the pub or anything, that would be much appreciated.

Steve Buck of Weaste

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Good Old Days

I lived at 20 Brassington Street. I was born in 1962 and went to Trafford Road School. I would love to hear from someone who maybe lived in our street, or was in Miss Anderson's class. Happy memories of Salford back then, my nanna lived in Robert Hall Street.

Raglan Street

I was born 1943 and lived with my mother and sister, Joan, in Raglan St., Lower Broughton. My mother was Barbara Joels who had lost her husband (our dad) in Casino, during the war. I remember attending St, Andrews Mixed Infants School, just a few blocks away, and shopping with my mother on Lower Broughton Rd. I later went into a Children's Home in Great Cheetam Street for a few years before leaving Salford and going on to Kent then, later moving back to Salford to live and work in Pendleton. There, we lived on New Thomas St, a few blocks from where my grandparents, Sarah and Thomas Murray had lived, on Peter St. My great grandparents raised their family on Laundry St, their name was Fallows. I worked in Fenton's Box Works for a while before moving on to work in the drapery at the Co-op, accross from St. Thomas' Church while Mum worked in Prices Cake Shop on Broad Street. Good memories and lovely people. Things seemed so... Read more

Lower Broughton Road

I was born in Elton Street, Lower Broughton Rd. I remember my dad was always working and my mum was a loving mum. I had two sisters and four brothers. I remember the tin bath, the outside toilet, we didn't have much but we were all fed well and clean and well loved. I went to St Clements school. I remember Fred Windsor, Paul Peacock and my friend Elizabeth Howels. I remember bonfire night, every family would all get together and share fire works. The corner shops would bring sweets to us children. You could leave your door open and me and my brothers and sisters could play down the entries and on crofts. Life has changed so much but I have happy memories of my childhood, watching my mam brown stone the step so it looked nice, my family name was Bevan.

Good Times in Weaste

Hello I have just read Steve Buck's article - you will remember me Steve, I was born in 1958 and we went to St Lukes at the same time. It was magic growing up in Weaste. As you know, there wasn't any money about but never the less we filled our time with football, making dens and getting into bombed out houses as we used to call them. Although I went to Brookhouse C of E Secondary school, I was expelled in the 3rd year and ended up at Hope Hall the same as you. Do you remember Gary Fellows, Eddie Fernly, Leso, Olly, Bri Wood, Nelly Booth, Baino, Kev Woodward, etc, etc, course you do. I have written a book called A PROPER STORY published by Salford city Press go on there web site to find out how to buy it. Tragically, my son Remi died 5 years ago and as you can imagine it blew my life apart, but an old pal of mine,... Read more

Salford Childhood Memories

When flower power came, it hit Salford Cross Lane market with a vengence. Every stall had cow bells with plastic flowers on, so not to be left out, I got one. I ended up getting in a massive row with my dad - he thought I was turning. But worse still, when I went out and met my mates, they all looked at me very strange, and they really had a go too. Luckily it didn't last long, it soon fell to bits, but it was still a standing joke for ages afterwards with my mates. Around that time I took up fishing; we all did, we used to go to Drinkwater Park and the River Weaver on the train. They were good days. I used to go with a lad called Jack, he knew all the private ponds. We had to climb over walls and fences and many a time we would get caught, but jack had the gift of the gab and we... Read more

Lower Broughton

Born and bred in Lower Broughton, Plymouth Street, went to Greican Street School then Broughton Modern. I remember all the old shops on Lower Broughton Road, I was born next to Guy's news agent. The place was great then, I am proud that I lived there in the 1950/60s. I have great memories of Albert Park, the landslide, Bagilupos ice cream, do you remember Gooldins pie shop? I had lots of friends, Alan Murry, Steve and Phil Guy, Tony Corris, they were the good days.

Hulton Street

Hi, I lived 26 Hulton Street after I got married, there was a church at the corner - I can't remember what it was called; It had a small graveyard at the side. We didn't stay there long but we moved back a year later into 30. We stayed there till they were pulled it down, I lived next to a lady called Mrs Currian. Then I moved to Poplar Court on Salford precient.

Dow st Salford

I lived at 10 Dow St, Salford, in the 50s. I remember there was a shop on the corner owned by Mrs Conners. On a Saturday my mum would shop on Lwr Broughton Rd, and a treat would be to stop off at the Milk Bar for a milkshake. During the summer, kids used to play out on the street playing simple games like hop scotch, whip and top, or a rope thrown round a lamp post to swing on. All the neighbours knew each other and there was great community feeling. Diane Traynor


CAIN - I am researching my family tree and also trying to add some meat to the bones - if you know what I mean. My Mom was born in Salford in 1923 and the thing I find most interesting is that she was born, according to her birth certificate, at number 15 Ravald Street and the home address is given as 17 Ravald Street, Salford and I believe they lived in lodgings (rooms) not a house of their own. I have tried to research Ravald Street without any success and wondered if anyone could help me with this, old photo's would be great. With the difference in the addresses I wondered if they lived beside a hospital of sorts or, as Mom used to joke, my Grandma had popped next door for a cup of tea. Any help or information would be gratefully appreciated. Jacky

Salford 1967-1972

Hi, I lived at 20 Todd Street, Higher Broughton, Salford for 5 years. I left when I was 7. Went to St Thomas School, don't remember too much of school. Made my holy communion there. Remember going to Heaton and Manley Park and of course Old Trafford. Remember guy faults nights, they were great, and going into Lewis store to see Santa Claus. Had friends who lived down on the Main Road, Gail and Paula Baybutt and a red head guy called Graham I think. My father worked in a factory called Gardners. I am 48 now and still go over to see United play, my name is Noreena Langdon.


I was born in New Bury St just off Tattoo St. I remember playing in the streets, hand making bogies going to St Joeys School, going down the old railtracks and playing in the burnt out buildings. I remember going to the tiny picture house round the corner, collecting newspapers and taking them round to some guy by the sackful, going to the local chippy and getting scratchings. I remember going to the local sweety shop and getting these coloured drinks - I don't know what they were but we loved them. Horrible moments queueing up with my 3 sisters and having a spoonful of some god awful stuff - malt I think - but hated it, over all happy days.

Academy Ballroom

Anyone remember the Academy on Regent Road? Many years of ballroom dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. Walking home down Regent Road towards Weaste, stopping at the Chip Shop on the way home, except if it was raining we rode the bus! The Palais was also on Regent Road, over Burtons Mens Shop. Went to the Palais before the Academy. Friends from those days, Bob Hunter, Doreen Huddleston, Rosita Davis, Ken Ingleby, Devra Jones, Beryl Melia. So many great memories; dancing to Nat King Cole, Mantovani Orchestra, Johnny Ray, Glenn Miller Orchestra and then of course "The Last Waltz" dancing to "Charmaine" and all the couples would stand around the post in the middle of the floor and kiss - we were all 15-18 yrs old - wonderful place for the teenagers to go. The girls danced together in those days, I suppose so that the boys could get a good look at them! I am 74yrs old now, living in Dallas Texas USA. ... Read more

Halton Bank School

I went to Halton Bank school, don't remember much. I came from New Windsor Road school, stayed for a couple of years then we moved to London . What I do remember was wearing a school uniform, playing in the playground and being the water monitor for our table at dinner times - and the tables being covered with big white table cloths.

Regent Road School Holidays in Westward Ho Skipton And Dalson

I was at Regent Road and in love with Mr Oldfield's daughter, Alison, when I was about 8. I have great memories of school holidays at Westward Ho, Skipton and Dalston Cumbria when 3 or 4 of us went to Greta Green and Hadrians wall in Pop Siddall's Ford Zephyr.

Never Know Who You Meet

"Mister, what are you doing", reply, "just painting", "yer, I can do better then that", "yes, I think you can, hehe". I found out later it was it the great S Lowry, I was only13, yes I was born Salford and have many great memories, I now live in Thailand.

Patterdale House

Hello, anyone who lived at Patterdale House - I lived at F40, my nanner lived at B29. I went to St Johns Cathedral, my friend was Elizabeth Taylor. She lived in the dwellings on Olfield Road as did my aunty Lizzie. I used to go to the pictures and we had yoyo competitions before the start of the film. I used to ride my bike on the landings, and can remember a girl called Carolyn, she lived on the grouind floor. I was about ten years old. Fond memories.

Regent Road

I was born in Salford, but in 1936. My grandparents lived in a street just off Regent Road called Comus Street. My grandfather was in charge of a factory that made tallow and soap. I worked early in my life at Hope Hospital and did Lab. Work for the Clinic on Regent Road. The pubs were great and my pals and myself would come down and have a great time, I remember "The Fox " in particular and was it the " Woodbine"? My wife remembers shoppping and mainly at Landes clothing store, she says it was great. Good times, 1950's & 60's. I would love a book when it's published.


Hi Francis, I was born and bred in West Bank Street Salford, across the road from the Police Station on Regent Road (where the fairground was). I attended Regent Rd School from 1952 until 1960 when forced to go to Ordsal Sec, I loved Regent Road School, Mr Siddall was a fantastic teacher. If you are interested I have written a book about my life in Salford (not published it yet) but it contains great memories of where I grew up. Please contact me if you would like a copy. Would not change a day of my upbringing; although extremely poor I was also extremely happy. Some great stories in the book and if you where born in Salford around 1945 - 1955 it will rekindle those times. My name is Bill Jolly now 65 and a Publican living in Glazebury, Cheshire, a lovely village near Bents Garden Centre. My wife (Susan) from Egerton House who attended Mount Carmels School run the Foresters Arms, we have been Publicans for 32 Read more


I'm just researching my family history, I was born in Hough Lane, Lower Broughton, Salford. I cant find this address? Apparently it was above some shops? Has it been demolished, has anyone any pictures or photos I am going back over 45 years.

Salford Pieman

My gran lived in No1 Blackburn Street,The Adelphi just opposite the Hyde Park pub. Among the many stories she told us when we were kids, was of a 'pieman' who used to sell his wares from a handcart. Each Friday evening he would park his cart outside the Hyde Park, and she said his trade was amazing! People would come from all over for his pies, that was a mark as to how good they were. When she could afford it one time, she purchased one and agreed she had never tasted a meat and potato pie like it. He came around for weeks - then suddenly he stopped. Everyone was wondering where he was? However, eventually he appeared at Salford Magistrates for selling food not fit for human consumption! Where he lived (somewhere in Salford) there was a marked decline of cats in the area - Yes! he was using them to make his pies!! My gran said I always wondered why the meat was white! I thought he... Read more

1907-1965 Family - Sussex Street, Caroline St & St Peters

Four Generations of Bowrings! Hazel Bowring - In 1958 I was born in Salford, sister of Michael Bowring. I was born at 146 Sussex Street in 1958, my parents were Kenneth Thomas & Rita Patricia (nee Gill) Bowring, married at St Peters Church 1957. My grandparents, Charles Edward Bowring & Emily (nee Ogden) Bowring, lived in Caroline Street, Salford where their two children Kenneth & Irene were born. My great grandparents George Bowring & Amy (nee Royle) Bowring, lived at 51 Back Silk Street, Salford. Four generations of Salford that date back pre 1907. I am very proud of my birthplace. So many memories - Mathers chip shop, St Peters church & school, rats in the River Irwell, popping tar bubbles with lolly sticks, cellers, cobble street, stray dogs, the rag n' bone man, pummy stones, Christmas Panto at The Victoria, whit walks, the "Vav" Pub and my dad working on The Manchester Ship Canal. Then I can recall families like the Taylors (Sussex St) ), the Mathers (Sussex St) and... Read more

Happy Days

I used to live in George Henry Street and I too, went to Stowell Memorial School. I had a neighbour called Neville Waring and my name was Canavan, then. Have just found out that it is all gone. How sad, had so much fun playing on those cobbled streets and buying pear drops. I live in Australia now.

Lower Broughton

I remember so well every Saturday going with my Mum down Lower Broughton Rd to do the shopping. We used to live on Elton Street which was across from Lower Broughton Road at one end. My Grandparents lived on Edward Street. There was a theatre , I think it was called the Victoria and I think it was on Sussex street, I went to see Ken Dodd there in a panto. I used to go to St Anns school first, which was on Silk St. It closed and we were moved to St Peters in Greengate. I remember walking with them in the Whit walks every year. The thing I remember most about Salford then, was we had little money as my Dad was really ill and unable to work but the house was always clean and smelt of disinfectant! I used to clean the steps of my Grans with whitestone or brownstone, and you could always rely on neighbours to be there for you if you needed anything. I have such... Read more

Ordsall Lane

I was born and brought up in Chadderton Street near Greengate and Irwell, which we called the rubber works. My mam and dad both worked there. I used to play on mark addie waiting for my dad coming home from work, whose name is Ernie Heywood. There was a sweet shop on the corner of Derwent Street called Doris's. Nearly all my relatives lived around there, the Willoughbys, Vincents, Heywoods and Brackens.

Salford 1937-1979

I was born in Hope Hospital 1937, lived at 4 Woden Street Salford 5. I went to St Bartholomews School On Tatton Street. At that time I was Ivy Stephens. Now I live in the USA in Las vegas, Nevada. I have lived in the states since 1980 and would like to find at least one of my friends from my school day era if there is anyone of them still alive - hopefully there is?!!!!! and will indeed write me and I wil reply asap.

Moorfield Rd Salford6

My first memories of Salford are living at 40 Moorfield Rd - just down the road was Holy Angels Church. I went to the brownies there and remember doing the maypole on the green outside the church. I went to St Johns Primary School on KIng St and loved it - Miss. Palin, Mrs Izod, Mr Powell, Mrs Griffiths and Miss Pomphret !! We used to be sent to the saw mill next to the school to get sawdust and wood shavings for the school pets. We moved to Claremont Rd while I was still at St Johns and later I went to Pendleton High. We were lucky to live between two parks - Buille Hill and Somerville - and spend hours playing in both of them. We went to Hope Church then and I have great memories of the Youth club there and Dad coming to get me on his bike !! He was Head of Broomhouse Lane Primary School which was just by Hope Hospital.... Read more

Salford 5

I have just obtained my father's birth certificate. I noticed that the address is 16 Rochester Avenue, Salford 5. I was wondering of anyone knows whereabouts this is as I haven't had much luck finding out.

Missing Family

Hi, my aunt and uncle and their family lived in Salford in the 1970s, they ran a pub called the Brown Cow, the only thing I know is it was once shown in an episode of 'Corrie'. There was a large metal bridge and a lot of waste land around it. My mother came from Salford and I have family that I have never met. I'm in my sixty's now and would love to find them if anyone can help, thankyou.

Bergons Ice Cream

I remember Bergons ice cream when it was a horse and cart, then he got a van and bumped my dad's car, I remember the row my dad had with him because he did a runner and then denied doing it. I lived on Bartholomew House then.

School Street in The 1950s

Hi Jacqueline, I lived at 9 School Street. My name is Mike Hawkins and I was born in 1947. I think your name was Burgess and your brother Tommy was my childhood best friend. He moved to Welwyn Garden City and I never saw him again. You have a reply from Kathryn White who I think must be formerly Kathryn Gallagher. All my childhood memories are of playing all day long with Kathryn and Margaret Sullivan and David ('Spud') Burgess along with my brother Peter. We would play from nine in the morning till ten at night - kick can, ralivo, aunties and uncles, pin and needles. At night we would sit on Margaret's step huddled round her transister trying to get Radio Luxemborg. They were the happiest times of my life and we didn't have or want for anything. In the summer we would go to Chimney Pot Park and stay the day. We were never afraid to go anywhere, we had total... Read more

Weaste, Salford 5.

I was born in 1957, lived in Guide Street, Weaste. We never had much in those days but life was good. Our main source of fun was the Sandhills down Mode Wheel, Weaste cemetery and Ladywell Quarry. Days out consisted of a bottle of water and beef paste butties wrapped in greaseproof paper! I went to St Luke's school on the corner of Mode Wheel Road. I remember the Robinsons, Vaughans, Hartleys, Burdons, Copelands, Ecclestons, Rowlands, Harveys, Rogers, Murtaghs, Healeys, the list goes on. My dad worked at Berry Wiggins oil refinery. I'm on Facebook, search for , Many thanks.

Adelphi Lads Club

My 2 sons Dean and Vincent Brennan and my daughter Andrea all went to the Adelphi Club. Dean and Vincent both went camping in Wales, they loved it. Andrea once won the Shield for Gymnastics. There is nothing like that club now, and Lofty was a terrific person.

My Salford.

My mother and father had a newsagent's shop on Tatton Street. They were Jack and Gladys Ackerley. We lived there until the mid 1960s. The shop was opposite The Duke Of Edinborough public house. I still remember lying in bed at night and listening to all the noisy people coming out of the pub at closing time. After I left Ordsal School I worked for ten years at Stratton Pharmacies, a chemist's shop which was at the top of Phoebe Street on the corner of Regent Road. My father was actually born in Regent Square in 1898 and the house still stands today. I remember Smiths bicycle shop on Tatton Street and a draper's shop called Fiddlers. Next door to where we lived was a printer's shop called Calderbanks. At the top of Phoebe Street on the other side to the chemist was a lovely baker's shop and the owner was a lady called Minnie Goy. Fifty odd years on I can still taste her delicious meat and potatoe... Read more

Greengate And Irwell Rubber Works

Does anyone remember my mum who worked at the rubber works? Her name was Annie Pollock (nee Flannigan). If so I would love to hear from you. Sheila Jenkinson

Cross Laner

We were happy and dirty, playing in the streets, making rafts out of lollipop sticks after the rain with mud, going the the old rec park to watch a Punch and Judy show, also playing in the sand pit where I lost my shoes, went home barefoot, mum went mad. Having days out with aunty's cousins etc to Drinkwaterpark. Went to New Windsor School 1956 - 1963, loved Miss Rennie and Mrs Jackson. On to Clarendon High 1963-1964 then moved to Little Hulton and went to Hulton High. Playing in the old houses that was coming down on Ellor Street, lived in Asaph Street facing the Alec picture house. Playing in the old Hip when it had closed, found loads of dressing up dresses there and shoes. Moved back to Salford when I was sixteen to live with my gran as my roots will always be in the dirty old town. I love SALFORD.

Adelphi Lads Club

My memories are of Lofty never refusing to take extra an extra lad in, my son Nick was a regular there, also my daughter Andrea, on the girls' night, I remember the annual camp at Bwilch,Deganwy in Wales, I used to go for Sports Day, with some of the other mums and dads. Lofty was a rare breed, such a wonderful role model then, much needed, now, my son still remembers him, and all he taught him about teamwork, discipline and respect for others, I think I owe Lofty (Norman) a lot. So sorry that the club is no longer going. Wonderful memories of those says in Broughton. Joyce Gill, Chorlton, Manchester.

The Old Days in Salford

I started life in Berrie Street off Ellor Street in Salford, the houses then were all terraced with back entries at the back of Saint Paul's chuch. The first school I remember going to was John Street then the following: Odsal, Seedley Council, Tootal Road Secondary then Hope High. Life in those days was hard, living on what we could because our parents did not have a lot of money in the 1950s. We used to have hand me down clothes from my older brother. Many a time we lived on Oxo and bread, bread and dripping, jam butties, cabbage and ribs, tatta ash with a crust on top, jam pies that my nanna used to bake. I remember when we used to walk into other people's houses because we all knew one another for cups of tea and a slice of cake or a biscuit. Those times were hard but they were also good because we used to play games like robbers knock, kick the can, hide and seek,... Read more

Salford Now And Then.

Being born in Salford along with my sister 1949 1947, I too have fond childhood memories, the kindness of the people, looking out for each other, something northern people do the best. My parents kept the butchers shop in Liverpool Street on the corner called Ted Dunnetts. All four corners of the streets each had a shop, Dorothey Roscoe's grocers was another one. I cannot remember the names of the other two but somebody might. We had nice shops on Langworthy Road and in Salford itself, Mum would always walk us there, also Chimney Pot Park. We are always interested in any information learnt about the names Dunnett, Flharty, Fred Oddie who made wonderful sausages. And no better then Kids fish and chips on a Friday night. We used to go back more then we do now, but two years ago to go on to the Trafford docks and see the outstanding work that has gone on there, well done Salford. Going to Old Trafford the main football club in Manchester... Read more

Scales Street, Seedley Salford 6

Seedley, Salford 6 God, how this page is bringing back memories! I'm a demob baby! Mind you, a lot of men coming back from the war celebrated the that's why the baby boom happened! Although born in Old Trafford, my first home was 1, Scales Street, Seedley, Salford 6. We were the corner shop, far, far smaller than anything you'd get today. We had a small tap room where dad kept the cigarettes and the beers, including a small barrel of Guinness and one of beer. Little Billy something or other from number 35 or so would come in every Friday with a large enamelled jug and get his dad's usual couple of pints. He came prepared with a damp tea towel to cover it as he carefully escorted his precious cargo home. The shop itself only allowed space for around three or four customers at a time and although we sold pretty much everything, the strict rationing that still obtained did limit the stock levels. Outside, every Monday morning, you'd see... Read more

Mother Coming Home From Work...

My mother told a story from the time of the Second World War which involved her coming home and finding her caravan which she and her brother, sister and her mother lived in near the dock wall on Broadway off Trafford Road. when she got home late at night she found a near miss had exploded over the other side of the wall and the force of the blast had blown the side of caravan out. Fortunately no one was hurt. So before she could have her tea, she had to find a shop that sold oil cloth so she bought that and nailed it up at the side to keep the draught out until she could get some timber to fix it permanently. You would not find people arround today who would tackle that kind of job, especially after twelve hours at work helping to build warplanes. AKA Dotjess's in The Blood

I was born in Hope Hospital 1967 to Lol and Sheila Farrell. I had a younger brother, Lee. We lived in Cass or Cash Street which was close, if I remember right, to the school I went to, Trafford Road Infants. We moved to Paddock Field, just round corner from Salfords Lads Club, when I was 5. I remember playing on the corner croft the day after Bonfire Night and burning my hand on the hot coals. I ran home, hand covered in blisters, and hid in the bathroom because Mum and Dad had said not to play there. I remember the Mccafreys, Elizabeth was my best friend, Jeanette and Paddy. I've lived in Perth, Australia now for 36 years, I have been back once for a holiday. I would love to get in contact with the Mccafferys if anyone knows of them.

Franklin Street, Ordsall, Salford 5

How many of you remember Pat Curry's pub on the corner of Franklin Street facing Steens sewing company olivies on the third corner best days of my life. I used to play football on that corner with a gang of lads that lived on Franklin Street, not sure if any of them are about now. Oxtons, Holdens, Lavins. At the other end of the street was Bamfords chippy and Rickeys corner shop later became Normans. Do you remember Filding and Bowlins greengrocers at the bottom of Derby Street? The days of my teens. Do any of you remember me, Harry Fletcher? I lived at number 73 Franklin Street. Write back if you do or add your memorie's Best regards.

Greengate And Irwell Rubber

Hi Mate.
You wrote under Greengate and Irwell banner.
During the late 1940s, I worked at The Salford Electrial Instrument works in Silk Street.
Many a day I walked to Victoria Rail Station via Greengate on my way home to Bolton.
Opposite the rubber works was a set of tenaments called Greengate Improved Industrial Dwelling, I have a tale about this.One day as I passed by A group of fifteen or so folks were gathered in a bunch in the centre were a fellow and his woman, Knocking H.... out of one another.
As I got closer a young policeman waded into the fight, as he got hold of the fellow, the woman, struck the policeman saying she was the only person allowed to touch the fellow.
The whole bunch then moved off to a nearby pub.
The policeman got up from the ground where the woman had knocked him, dusted himself down, and plodded off, head slumped on his chest towards Manchester centre.
Just shows the hazards of... Read more

Great Grandad

I've been researching my family tree, and found out that my g/grandad lived at 17 Park Place, Cross Lane, Salford. He married Annie and they had 4 sons, Charles which is my grandad and 3 other sons named Walter, Richard and James, which I never heard of. I would be pleased if anyone knows if the FRYER family still live in the Salford area. Thankyou.

In The 1930s

Do you rember the penny bazaar opposite the Kings Cinema on Regent Road? And the Salford Pageant in aid of the Salford Royal Hospital?

Weaste Memories

I have just read various entries for remembering streets of Salford which had my childhood flooding back to me with lots of affection. I also can remember the cobbled streets, rag bone man etc. But I also remember the people. I was born in 1950 and spent the first 15 years of my life in 39 Guide Street, Weaste. We lived next door to Rogers the coalman who were the noisiest of neighbours, mainly due to George's temper, poor Nora his long suffering wife. They had 3 children, David, Alan and George junior. I can remember other families in the street at that time. Starting with Mrs Boyle at No 1 who spent a large part of her day shouting, her son Walter who would do his best to stay out of sight. Across from her at No 2 was Mr Buck who did not appreciate any of our pranks which usually involved us knocking on his front door, the most memorable being when my brother tied his letter box with... Read more

Liverpool Street Girls Dchool 1960s

I was born in Birley Street, just near the reck park, now re named the red reck. I went Liverpool Street Girls School when I was a little one. I started in the nursery. I loved that old school. I remember watching a show there called 'Hansel and Gretal', it scared me to death, lol. I used to play shop in the early days there with all those old toffee jars and toy money. I can still picture the old headmistress we had back in the day, she was ever so nice but her name I cannot remember. I used to call in the little corner shop on way to school for marshmallows to eat at dinner and we used to collect caterpillers from the trees on the way to school. Such good old days, so many brilliant memories.

Salford Days

Salford streets so dark and grey, but on them in Ordsall we all did play. The Irwells waters at Mark Addy bridge. The rubber works smell, in my nostrils still. No computers or games, just kids at play. Sticks, old prams, the toys we had, there were never toys that were a fad. I will always remember my Irdsall life. Growing up gave me two children and a wife. A Salford lad like me dad. Many things we never had. Pride intact, that's a fact.

Benson Street

I lived at no 5, neighbours were George Sharples, Peter Humphries, Charlie Chedell. I went to Winsor Road School. We used to play on the railway sidings, and donkey bridge. In the winters we would go over to Peel Park and slide down the bank, we would also play along the cut - the canal, that's what we called it.I had a cousin called Linda Brennan, does anyone remember us?

Does Anyone Remember Greengate & Irwell, Irwell Works And Mark Addy's Bridge

Does anyone remember Greengate & Irwell, Irwell Works, off Ordsall Lane? From 1957 to 1962 I worked there as one of the three telephone operaters. I have very happy memories of my time there and the many friends I made. My question is about the bridge which crossed the River Irwell from almost outside the factory. I always believed that it was the famous Mark Addy Bridge and legend had it that Mark Addy himself haunted it, but if you go to the website it says that the Mark Addy bridge crosses the Irwell just off Deansgate. The media, film, television and newpwpapers portray early Salford as some huge slum area, they don't know about families and neighbours who always pulled together and helped each other no matter what the problem, AND EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT WAS CHIPPY NIGHT, you will not find a modern chippy which can make chips as good as a Salford chippy (wrapped in newspaper - health and safety blablabal), speaking of which, does anyone remember... Read more


I lived in Lower Brougton Road since 1934 and still do. Best wishes, John Potts.

Lower Broghton

I remember so well going on the No 73 bus home from a night out in Manchester to Warwick St in Higher Broughton. I went to Broughton High and my best friend was Gillian Guy whose family owned the newsagents on Lower Broughton Rd. I also went to Marlborough rd School in the late 40s and early 50s. Headmaster Mr Kenyon and dinner at Garnett st School in High town. Also ice cream by Seretti

Lower Broughton

Lived early days on Cheetham Street before moving away to Old Trafford, then Newton Heath, but then in 1960 Mam and Dad bought the hardware shop under the 'Verandah' on Lower Broughton Road (close to Frederick Road crossroad). Guy's the newsagents at the end of our row. I remember the FIRST supermarket in Salford (Kentons) opening at the other end of Lower Broughton Road backing onto the Irwell. In the 1960s I had to get the bus back home at Salford Bus station near the cathedral. Great meat pie and hotdog van on the bridge at the bus station. Sometimes, if I missed the all-night bus, it was a walk home instead. Mam and Dad would go to The Priory (Higher Broughton?) where kids were allowed outside - I remember one or two bowling greens with a railway car (an ancient one) alongside as a sort of clubhouse, it was pretty dilapidated even then. I was a member of Adelphi Lads for a number of years, football, table tennis and... Read more

Marlbrough Road School

I was born in 1948 and lived at 40 Florance Street, Salford 7. I went to Marlbrough Road school. Can anyone remember that at meal times we had to go a few streets away to a church hall (I think)for our meals? I can remember my grandad collecting me from school and going to a cake shop at the corner of Marlbourgh Road to buy me iced fingers. Can anyone remember Mods garage (I used to live behind that)? Also on the opposite side of the road was a picture house and a block of flats. If anyone can remember the area please get in touch:

Ice Cream?

Reading your comments about Salford Gone and the ice cream man brought back similar memories to me. I was born at 34 Nora Street, Salford 7 in 1950. Albeit Lower Broughton. However, we used to have an Ice Cream seller who came EVERY Friday evening called Mr Serretti. Many a treat was had from his little red and white van. Best part was taking a glass to him for sixpenny worth of ice cream with raspberry sauce, then rushing in and adding a small amount of milk to it (I used to think it went further that way). However, 2 doors down from us lived an ice cream man and his family, Serrafain's Ice Cream. Mr Serrafain was a small man who always had time to talk. I believe his son Tony took over the business in later years? I think what gave the ice cream the 'taste' was that it was made from the best natural ingredients, not as later when someone invented the Mr Whippy rubbish that is... Read more

Fond Memories of my Childhood in Salford

I was born in 1946 at 66 Marlborough Road in the front parlour of my gran's house. We lived at that time at 7 Harrietta Street, Higher Broughton, Salford 8 which was then know as Hightown. The chip shop on Garnett Street, infact there was 2 chippies, Smiths and Faulkners and both of these chippies have never been bettered. We used to have an ice-cream man come round our streets selling the most wonderful ice-cream you ever tasted and I could never afford one. When Joe the ice-cream man came into our street he always stopped outside our house and asked me to go and get him half an ounce of tobacco from Rigbys shop round the corner and when I returned he gave me an ice-cream for my trouble how wonderful was that, thanks Joe. In Garnett Street there was a greengrocer's called Olivers and on Whit Sunday he gave an apple and an orange to EVERY child who came into his shop wearing new clothes, that doesn't happen... Read more

Royal College of Advanced Technology, Salford

I attended Salford for two years 1963-1965, studying Civil Engineering. I suffered from undiagnosed mono and fought fatigue and sleepiness, so much so that I could not keep up with my studies and had to withdraw. I did not enjoy my time there and went through the motions of being a student.

The Piazza, Regent Road

Hi everybody, I remember the Piazza shopping complex as my dad owned the butchers shop on there, Harry Hargreaves. We had some great times working there and I have great memories of the good people that lived in the area, including my mate Andrew Watt who lived on Williamson House. Also the greengrocers shop was owned by a friend of our family, he was called Dave Bowden, then there was the chemist which was owned by Clive. Not forgetting the Nat West Bank on the corner near Regent Road where the subway was that went under Regent Road and the manager was a nice fella called John armstrong. Does anybody remember Billy the window cleaner? Now it's all gone forever. What I would give to be able to go back to those days. Does anybody have any pictures of any of the shops?

Ordsal Park on Hulton Street

I was born in Hulton Street, Ordsal, and lived all my life in the same house my mother was born into, no. 56 on the corner of Oxford Street. We were 3 girls and 2 boys, I was the middle one. My dad Jack Neilan was an Irish man who worked on Salford docks for 45 years. Everyone knew my mother and father as her dad and brother also lived in Hulton Street. When I wasn't in school (St Joseph's) I was in the park, usually up trees, the neighbours used to say "Get down Maria, you're not a boy". But all I played with were the boys, there were only my sisters and I was a tomboy until I was 13. The parkie used to shout at me "I know where you live, I'll tell your mother" when I was up trees. I also remember the Bergons ice cream with the white horse, I loved that horse. Also the shop on Tatton Street, a sweet shop that made lovely... Read more

General Comments

I was born in 1950 in Salford, lived all my early years at Little Hulton, then man stops on the way took me to Cheshire. I have many many memories of Salford  - Walking day, School - Mount Carmel's, Sunday schools etc. I am very proud of being from Salford, and never ever let anyone say 'Salford, thats Manchester isn't it?' without correcting them 'NO Salford is a city in it's own right....'
My mum Elsie Mary McMahon married my dad, Albert Cooke. Dad's mum was called Elizabeth Cooke, nee Tierney known as Cissy Cooke. She was a real character, when the priest used to ask if she had been to church, she would piously reply 'Yes Father' but she meant the Church Inn pub! She told us many stories about life in Salford and they were always hilarious...

Why do I Remember Salford?

I have lived all over the world, call myself an Australian and I currently live in Prague. But I was born in Salford and lived there probably till I was about 7 years old. Then we moved to Middleton which was considered quite posh back then! I regularly visited my grandad who lived at 23 Harrietta Street in Higher Broughton.

So it really wasn't a long time, but my memories of this period are amongst my most vivid. There was a fish and chip shop on Garnett Street and you could get chips for 4 pence. I think 'scratchings' were free and how healthy could they have been?? When my grandad won on the horses he'd buy me a posh fish called a plaice.

Anyway, I've started writing all this stuff down. I started with good intentions and made a vow to write a page a day. That was about ten years ago and I think I've managed 12 pages! So what I suggest is, please have... Read more

Re Salford in The 1950s

I remember my childhood in Salford very well. We lived on Clarendon Road and I went to Liverpool Street Girls' School. The headmistress was a Mrs Chrighton and the music teacher was a Miss Jones. We used to walk to school and collect caterpillars off the wall that went round the park and took them to school and kept them in our desk all day. We played in the street all the time, quite safely. Those were the days when every house had its own bonfire outside the front door on Bonfire Night and I don't recall anyone being hurt. On every corner there was a corner shop. On our corner it was Mrs White's shop. This lady couldn't see too well and we used to wrap farthings in silver paper and pass it off as a sixpence and buy a bar of 5 Boys chocolate. When I was 4 years old my mum had to go into hospital and the three of us were put into St George's Home.... Read more

Old Salford, Regent Road

I was born in Old Ordsall Lane, Salford in 1957. What I can remember was good. Then I moved to Regent Road what a road that was - lots of shops and good pubs selling good beer. You could have a good time back in 1960 or so. Salford was good place to live, and still is but without any good pubs thanks to the council. I think Salford now is like a yuppy town, I remember the chippy called Bamfords. What a good chippy that was!

Street Games Etc

I remember playing football, hockey on skates, whip & too, home-made bogies [pram wheels], there were not many cars then. The bomber that crashed  Irlams oth' height about '47,  collecting books for salvage during the war, doodle bugs, rallivo. Later on Salford Hipp', the Palace Theatre, all on Cross Lane. St Luke's School, Mr Heally, Miss Wright, Mr Walters & the dreaded Mr  Wolfe.  To be continued ...

American School Penpals From Salford

My dad had a penpal in Salford during the late 30s or early 40s, named John (or James?) Milner. My dad, an American, lived in a town called Salford; this school adopted Salford in England as a twin city, and my dad's schoolclass wrote to the children of Salford. I'm here for a class until August 5 and wondered if anyone in Salford by that name still lives there. My dad's name is Leon Moyer, and he's kept the letters that his English penpal sent him, all those years ago. Feel free to email me if you have any information.

Regent Road

I grew up just off Regent Road and Oldfield Road in the Langdale House flats.
We lived in D17 and had many memorable neighbours who we shared many happy times with.
I remember the Bergens ice cream cart that was pulled by a white horse, the trains shunting in the coal yard and going shopping on Regent Road with my mum. If I was good we would visit little Smith's toy shop and my mum would buy me plastic cowboys and indians - they were really detailed and for a special treat we would go to big Smith's and I would get a corgi or matchbox car - usually for birthdays or if I'd saved up ! Big Smith's always had great Lego displays in the window. I will always remember the modle of QE2 all lit up - it was fantastic!
My uncle Jim ran the Gloucester Arms pub for a while. We used to go and play all the instuments in the band room and sit on the... Read more

My Memories of Salford

I was born in the upstairs back room of my maternal Gran's house at 20 John Street, Pendleton. I was told there was an air raid going on at the time. My first school was John Street where there was a play ground on the roof, but that was only for older kids. I remember playing the part of the wolf in Red Riding Hood and also Joseph in the Nativity when I was about 4 or 5.
I lived with my parents at 9 Gold Street (next to John Street) but spent a lot of time with my gran Alice Goodier, who minded me when my mam and dad were at work.
My gran used to take me to the top of John Street and across Broad Street, to sit on the forms and just watch the traffic go by. I used to have an Ian Allen book for collecting British Road Service Depot numbers.
My next school was Halton Bank, nicknamed the school for swanks. I recall scoring... Read more

Mount Carmel Salford 1952

I was born on Cavendish Street opposit St.Clements church,and moved to Ordsall flats in 1949 brand new they were ! We lived in Everard House near the Globe pub.
We went to Mount Carmel infants school when Mr Glynn was the head teacher,I guess most of my childhood in Salford was centered around the church which was on Oldfield road.It was Father Kavanagh at the time.
I too remember Salford with its rows and rows of terraced houses but I also remember the closeness of the community,people were so friendly and helpfull we never locked a door,no need we had nowt lol.
In the "entry" as it was called then there used to be a bookies !!! all very illegal at the time and all very secretive,I would take a bet for my uncle and you had to knock on back yard door 3 times and a part of the door would open,you just gave the man the money and the bet and go quick as you could lol
Regent... Read more

Manchester Blitz


Nursing at Salford Royal

I remember starting my nursing training at Salford Royal Hospital 1967 - 1970. from a nervous teenager to a confident nursing sister, I loved the people of Salford and the community. Now living in the US for many years, with a different name, my daughter is now in nursing school. I hope she has as much joy and fun in her chosen career as I did. So many wonderful people. So extraordinary that this hopsital is now a residence - so many ghosts walk those walls.

Childhood in Salford

I was born Susan Cooke in no. 11 Quanton House, Amersham Street just of Liverpool Street , in my nana's flat. We lived with her until I was 3 from 1957 to 1960 when we moved to Trenham Street near to where the Salford Macdonalds is now.  I went to Salford Cathedral school, and made my first communion and walked in the Whit Walks from there.  My family used to have their own spot to watch the children in the walks outside Kendals on Deansgate. I have fond memories of my childhood, particularly one bonfire night, when I wasn't old enough to do penny for the guy, so stood across the road from my house with a very large golly.  Some kind gentleman stopped and put in my tin 2 shillings.  I felt safe playing around my home with friends. I remember Libermans store on Regent Road who had the payment system shooting round above the shoppers, and also Babyfair the pram and toy shop from which my doting grandad... Read more

My Early Years in Salford

I was born in Salford, at 15 School Street in 1951. My first school was Stowells Memorial, I think the headmistress was a Miss Dent. There was a butchers shop one the corner with the same name as our family, but I don't think we were related. The little boy who lived there was called David Burgess. I remember rows and rows of terraced houses, all cobbled streets. Our street was a designated Play Street. Pity we don't have them now! There was a bomb site in what had been the next street to ours, we just called it the croft. We had access to a small patch of macadammed road to practice on our skates, otherwise we went to Bule hill Park, or Chimney Pot park to torment the "parkie" We moved away from Salford in 1959, and of course, the landscape of my early childhood is vanished. Does anyone else remember School Street in the '50s? My father worked at Greengate and Irwell rubber works. At... Read more

Memories of Lancashire

1909 in Heaton Park

Little did I know that when I used to walk around Heaton Park in the school holidays with a group of mates in the early 60's, that back in 1909 my great grandad gave gramophone recycles there. I've found out quite a lot of information about William Grimshaw who was born in 1860 and died in 1940. He seemed to do so much in his life; married a woman called Ellen, they had 8 children, 2 died young, if not at birth. Some of his jobs included, a hat business, a grocer, he had a bicycle shop and as far as I can find out sold gramophones from there. I did read he had 2 record shops and used to have a recording studio, I will of course keep finding out more. He also started up William Grimshaw's Garage in Prestwich and they were the 1st garage in the North West to get the dealership for Chrysler American cars...what a guy!

My Memories

Heaton Park The Hall c1955, Prestwich
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There is a museum inside this building which is only open to the public on certain days. This is one of my early memories of Healton Park, when I was a child my parents took me and my sister for a day out, to the park. Later we moved house,and was living nearby the park which then wasn't as much of a big attraction for us, we just took it for granted that it was there, with so many different attractions and appealing charm. Our last big attraction were Oasis, a pop group, playing here over two or three days, I didn't need to buy a ticket to go and what because I just sat in my back garden listening to the great music, hearing the cheering and screaming coming from the group of people and fans. When the Pope came to the park in 1983, I think this was the year or it could have been later, I was still at school then at Prestwich High, me and my friends watched... Read more

Growing up in Heaton Park

Heaton Park The Hall c1955, Prestwich
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I grew up in Heaton Park. Stanley Street. The Prestwich and Whitefield Guide Office was at the top of the street. I went to St. Hilda's School and at 11 went to Hope Park School for Girls. My earliest recollections are of the German Path Finders dropping flares to light their way. They were trying to locate the park where the RAF had a base. After the war ended we had a huge victory party on Egerton Street. In those days it was safe for the kids to play on the street until it was dark and wew hgad lots of fun. My best friends were Margaret Thomas, Pat Gay, and Pauline Downs, Mavis Whittaker and Mary Mellor. I left in 1968 and came to Canada.

Prestwich Memories

Heaton Park The Hall c1955, Prestwich
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Well I suppose my memories of Prestwich go back to early 1940s when I started school at Park View Primary with Mr Rigby as Headmaster. He wasn't reluctant to cane the boys for any misdemeanour even at the ages of 5 to 11. During the Second World War we regularly had to vacate the classes to go to the Air Raid Shelters when enemy aircraft were in the area and we were warned by the Air Raid Sirens. Our teachers in the first classes were Mrs Brennen and Mrs Grimshaw. I used to walk to school from Ruskin Crescent (end of Ruskin Road and St Ann's Road) along with my friend David Marples. We had to pass Mrs Brennens house and sometimes her son, Paul, would join us but he was a year or two older than us. As the war progressed, teachers seemed to leave to go in the armed forces. David and I had some private tutoring by Mrs Connolly at... Read more

First Love

Not so much Prestwich, but Heaton Park, the year was approx 1982, and while out with friends in the Park I met my first love, it may be a soppy thing to write, but I don't really care about things like that! Her name was Sandra Bernice Sherman, and she was the most beautiful girl I had ever set eyes on, and how lucky was I to have met her and dated her, and if things had worked out differently, I would probably have married her! I hear she is married now and living in the Bury area, just thought I would share this with anyone who wants to read this!

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