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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 pies (they were what you called pies, not like today's rubbish). Across Regent Road from the chemist was a Co-op store and I think next to that was a ladies' fashion shop called Leibermans. I remember a bit further down from the chemist on the same side was a barber's shop owned by a little Jewish man whose name I forget. The man who was the pharmacist in the chemist where I worked was called Jack Jebb. He was very highly respected and the locals would often come in and consult with him rather than go to see a doctor. I can still see how Regent Road used to look then as I have all the pictures in my head. Does anyone remember a rather sinister looking rag and bone man who all the kids used to call Coakey Nolan? He very much resembled the charactor of Fagin in 'Oliver Twist'. Salford was a dirty old town then with a not very good reputation. As a young girl in my teens I used to be a bit ashamed of telling anyone where I lived...never the less now, a lot older and hopefully wiser, I am proud today of telling people where I originated from. Salford has a lot to be proud of today. It has changed such a lot and I only wish that my father could see the transformation that has taken place, he would be amazed to see what the Trafford Park docklands has now been transformed into. Before he had the shop he used to work there as an engineer. I left Salford many years ago but occasionally I drive through re-living memories. There will always be a place in my heart for Salford.

Written by Barbara Burgoyne. To send Barbara Burgoyne a private message, click here.

A memory of Salford in Lancashire shared on Tuesday, 11th October 2011.

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RE: My Salford

Hi again Peter, you really have got me searching my memory now. Yes, I do remember all those shops on Tatton Street and like you say, it was a little community in itself. I remember all the names that you mentioned, and on the corner was Timothy Whites and Taylors chemist. I think the doctor was called Dr Eden - which was where we used to go to. I certainly remember The Meadow grocers and also Mays pawnbrokers. I know that if my mother were alive today she would remember very much more. Before we lived in Tatton Street, we lived at No.3 Brighton Street - which was farther down the other way on the right hand side. Much farther down on the same side, going down towards St Barts school, was a small bicycle shop. It was owned by a man called Jim Broome (I joined his cycling club). You say you lived in the area from 1949 to 1962. Well, we moved down to Salford 5 from Salford 6, Irlam of the Heights in 1948. I was 9 years old then when we went to live with my Grandfather. We lived there until my father bought the newsagents on Tatton Street four years later, when my Grandad died. Although I left home when I was 25 when I got married, my parents remained there until about 1970. It is hard to believe that all that was over 50 years ago. I have often wished that I had photographs of our old shop and Tatton Street, but I don't. It's nice to look back and remember times when life was so very different from how it is today. Best wishes, Barbara.

Comment from Barbara Burgoyne on Monday, 13th August 2012.

RE: My Salford.

Barbara, I also lived on Tatton St from 1949 -1962. I remember visiting your dad's shop many times. He sold most things a young boy wanted. Capguns and caps, stink bombs, itching powder, the list goes on. The family who lived at Smith's bike shop had the surname Connett and the two sons, Peter and Mike, went to my school St Josephs. They took over an old timber yard on Fredrick Rd in the 70s and turned it into an engineering company where they invented something that was a huge success on oil rigs worldwide. Needless to say it made them millionaires. Sadly, Peter, the elder brother died in his 30s with a heart problem. Mike has turned his hand to many things and is still a wealthy man. Not far from your shop on the other side of Tatton St was a great sweet shop owned by Jack Lewis. He was a character. My mouth was watering just remembering those pies from Minnie Goys, they really were something else. Most of the other produce she sold was a bit as well. The barber you mentioned was called Chirnics, I thinks that's how you spell it anyway. I remember going there as a kid and having to sit on a plank he placed on top of the arms on his barbers seat so he didn't have to stoop to cut my hair. Lastly "Cokey Nolan" delivered coal from local coal yards to peoples houses. Looking back, there was no harm in him but some kids would run for miles if they saw him. Thanks for the memories.

Comment from Peter Wilson on Thursday, 9th August 2012.

RE: My Salford.

Thankyou Peter for your reply to my memories of old Salford. Yes, the barber was called Mr Churnik, not sure of the spelling either but he used to come into Strattons chemist where I worked. Yes I do remember Jack Lewiss and the ice cream. My father used to deliver papers to a house in Bermondsy Street and when my mother and I went to collect the paper money there was always very loud music coming from their front probably know what is coming now , that was where Grahame (not sure of the spelling) Nash lived with his parents and sister. He used to practice along with his friend Alan Clarke and of course that was the begining of The Hollies! pop group. I have boasted about this many times over the years of course! I did not know that the surname of the people who lived at Smiths bicycle shop was Connett (perhaps my parents did though), but I do remember that one of the boys had a bad heart and died quite young. I think they had a sister called Pat? Well thanks for sharing memories of Salford, you are the only one that has replied . Incidently I used to go to the old Ordsall School but I do remember St Josephs. I also used to attend St Ignatous Church and felt quite sad a couple of years ago, when in the area, to see it was closed down. I have read since that they are trying to save it from being demolished, it is a fine old building. Not far away from there is Salford Lads Club.

Comment from Barbara Burgoyne on Thursday, 9th August 2012.

RE: My Salford.

Hi once again Barbara, I'd forgotten how nice Jack Lewis's ice cream was, that was pre Mr Whippy days. I lived on the opposite side of Tatton St to you, going towards Trafford Rd on the same block as May's pawnshop. There was a double fronted grocers called The Meadow, then Tripe shop called Fletchers and I lived next door at number 81. Looking back, that little area we lived in had everything we needed. There was shops of all descriptions, papershops, a bakery, chemist, grocery, greengrocers, five butcher's shops, two chippies, sweetshops, fishmonger, doctors surgery, laundrette, cobblers, hardware shop oh and two or three pubs. I'm certain I've missed a few but it was 50 plus years ago. Those were great days to be growing up in. Sadly I don't think we get communities like that now.

Comment from Peter Wilson on Monday, 13th August 2012.

RE: My Salford.

Great place to grow up - my memory of growing up as a kid was the best. Born on West Craven St. 1961 I watched the decline & dismantling of the area; by 73-74 it was all but gone. The short time I experienced growing up I remember some great shops. Mcintiers & Lambs on Pheobe St. The Dinky Chippy on Tatton St opp Manchester St., Savilles on Tatton St. My memory's of Ted Hazal on Robert Hall St, he would fix your bike for any old cycle parts. The bakery on Tatton St n/r to Joe's Church. Pubs shops & crofts on every corner. Fascinating memories, how so much was packed in to such a small area. Tatton St had all the shops and pubs you could need, no need to walk the short distance to Regant Rd. Tatton St was the very heart of Salford 5.

Comment from Brian Jama on Sunday, 24th March 2013.

RE: My Salford.

I lived in Phoebe Street and went to Nashville Street Infants then on to St Clements and finally Ordsall Secondary Modern, leaving in 1965. I remember Tatton Street; Jack's ice cream (also the three sons), Armisteads bakery, the butchers, Billy Peters, the butcher boy, Wesley opposite the cheap butcher, Wade Woods next to Smiths toy shop. The hardware shop were we got paraffin; I would be amazed how yanking the handle back and forth the parrafin poured out. The Dinkie chippy, I played with the daughter but can't remember her name. On our corner in Phoebe Street was Pains green grocers - their daughter was Binkie (never knew real proper name) the son was Arthur, a bit older than us so he didn't play much. My auntie had the ladies dress shop at the other end of the block, then there was a cobbler (Mr Murphy), the bookies once a launderette and 5 houses all family, bar one. Happy days... Kids these days don't know what school holidays meant; fun outings to Chimney Pot Park, Build Hill, Derby Road baths and we walked everywhere. I now live in Suffolk; my granddaughter gets lifts from her mum everywhere. The beach is about a mile away with gorgeous sands... what a time we would have had ohhhhh.

Comment from Lesley Coleman on Wednesday, 11th September 2013.


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