Friday, 29 July 2016

Snaps of Chorlton No 5 the loss of Rowe House


An occasional series featuring private and personal photographs of Chorlton.

Row House had stood on the corner of Beech and Acres Road from the early 19th century.

It had been home to the Blomely’s who also gave their name to the fish pond which stretched up Beech Road, and was later lived in by William Batty, politician, jeweller and Methodist

For a while the house was also used as our “Penny Reading Room”, while the adjoining building had been a laundry and factory.

None of which saved it from the developer.

Picture; from the collection of Lawrence Beedle

Lost and forgotten streets of Manchester .......... nu 14 Back Pool Fold

Now Back Pool Fold has already featured in the series, but I couldn't resist taking a walk down its twisty progress from Chapel Walks to Cross Street.




And until sometime in the early 19th century it ran hinto Pool Fold, hence its name as Back pool Fold.






Enough said.




Location; Manchester

















Pictures; Back Pool Fold, 2016, from the collection of Andrew Simpson

Wishing you well ........... postcards from Woolwich, Greenwich and Eltham for the summer ..... nu 5 Greenwich Park

A short series with few words looking at the postcards we sent from Woolwich, Greenwich and Eltham.

Now I don’t think this scene of the park had changed over much between when it was sent to Miss L E Thompson of Shepherds Bush and when I played there a full half century and a bit later.

It is unclear whether “C S” lived in Greenwich.  He sent the card from west London just after midday in the August of 1902 and confined himself to the simple message “Isn’t it nice.”

Location; Greenwich Park

Picture; Greenwich Park circa 1902, Tuck and Sons, courtesy of Tuck DB, https://tuckdb.org/

On Bennett Street in Ardwick, at St Benedict's sometime around 1900

Now I am intrigued by this picture post postcard not least because it was one of six showing the church from various angles.

We are on Bennett Street which ran off from Hyde Road and was a mix of houses shops and factories.  It was not unlike plenty of other streets in this part of the city.

At one end the street was crossed by the large railway viaduct of the London and North West Railway whose Manchester terminus was London Road, and a large part of the eastern side of the street was dominated by the engineering works of Galloway Ltd which made boilers and Atkinson and Co, mechanical engineers and the Garland Company which made forgings.

So during the day there would have been the noise of heavy industry coupled with the passing of countless trains and at night the clunk of goods wagons being shunted around the marshalling yards just a few minute’s walk away.

And into this place “in the midst of a dense artisan population” according to the Manchester Guardian, St Benedict’s was opened in 1880.*

It had been entirely funded by Mr. Alderman Bennett of whom more at a later date.

Now again at another date I think I shall explore the church in more detail but for today I shall just reflect on what was going on in our picture.

According to the reverse of the postcard, we are watching “A Parochial Procession.  

The Patronal Festival is observed on July 11, The Feast of the Translation of St Benedict.  

On the Sunday afternoon within the octave of the feast it is customary for the Congregation to make a procession of Witness and thanksgiving round the parish.”

And that is what our photographer captured sometime I guess around the beginning of the last century.

But as dense as the population had been in the 1880s a century later the clearance policy of the council and the demise of heavy industry meant that there were few left to worship in the place it finally closed in 2002, only to reopen three years later as the Manchester Climbing Centre.

*Manchester Guardian, March 22nd 1880.

Picture; A PAROCHIAL PROCESSIION from the series CHURCH OF ST. BENEDICT, ARDWICK, MANCHESTER, back ST. BENEDICT'S, MANCHESTER, marketed by Tuck & Sons, date unknown, courtesy of Tuck DB, http://tuckdb.org/

My Salford ........... nu 3 a glass of wine a shedload of water and the prospect of a show

Now I don’t claim that any of the following short series of pictures of Salford are magnificent photographs but I like them.


A lunch time drink at the Lowry.

Location; Salford

Picture; Salford 2013 from the collection of Andrew Simpson

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Lost and forgotten streets of Manchester .......... nu 13 Old Bank Street

Now I know that Old Bank Street is not lost and has not been forgotten.


It is after all used by heaps of people every day taking the short cut from St Ann's Square up on to Cross Street.

But it's narrow, has been there a long time and so qualified.

Location; Manchester

Picture; Old Bank Street, 2016, from the collection of Andrew Simpson

Snaps of Chorlton No 4 Bringing down the chimney of the Queen and Pasley circa 1990s or perhaps even earlier


An occasional series featuring  private and personal photographs of Chorlton.

I can’t remember exactly when this was but I reckon it was in the 1990s and points to that simple observation that much of our recent past slides away without us bothering to record it.

Now I have written about the Queen and Pasley Laundry along with the other ones that served us including the one on Beech Road and others on Manchester Road and Wilbraham Road.*

But the Queen and Pasley was the biggest and was still in business in the late 1980s on Crossland Road.

My old friend Tony Walker took the picture which may have been linked to an article which was published in Chorlton Green in 1985 or was taken later.

I can’t now remember if this was during a repair of the big chimney or just prior to its demolition.  And I pretend to be a historian.

Picture; from the collection of Tony Walker

*http://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Chorlton%27s%20lost%20laundries%20and%20launderettes