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During these uncertain times we hope Archives+ can help you to stay in touch by publishing our popular memory boxes online which can be used as a starting point in discovering your family history, finding out what your family’s childhood was like, looking back at the area where they grew up, discovering their fondest childhood memories and maybe uncover some hidden gems in your family’s story.
Whilst children are on holiday and many adults remain at home, why not take this opportunity to find out about those important stories thus ensuring this history is passed on to the next generation which can often get lost or put off for another day as we lead our busy lives. Sharing memories of days gone by can bring families closer together, listening to elderly relatives can be a comfort for families as they gain an insight into their life stories.
Each week Archives+ will publish a memory box for an area in Manchester, this week’s online memory box takes a look at Chorlton. Below you will find a collection of images from Chorlton, alongside 5 worksheets. The worksheets are set around 5 themes: Industry, Place, Health and Living Conditions, Pastimes and Communities. Using the worksheets as prompts to start up a conversation, write down your findings on a piece of paper, or if you prefer type into a tablet or PC.
Dig out your old photos too, these can also be a brilliant resource to trigger fond memories of family times. We encourage you to share your findings on social media, either as comments on our Facebook page or on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ArchivesPlusMemorybox
If you are unable to share your photos and stories online, when the libraries are fully reopen bring copies of your family memories into your local library. In the coming year we will produce an exhibition in your local library of selected submissions, shared both online and in person.
Please make sure that if you share any information with us that the person you have spoken to is happy for you to share it with Archives+.When sharing your findings try to avoid sharing too much personal information such as surnames and date of birth as these details can identify your loved ones.
Unlocking Your Sound Archive have produced a blog about conducting oral history interviews with family members. The audio clips included in this online memory box have been kindly supplied by Unlocking Your Sound Archive.
We hope you have enjoyed looking back at the photographs of Chorlton. More areas will be covered each week and if you would like to see more images, don’t forget to check out the photograph albums on Flickr and the Manchester Local Image Collection .
Caption “Wilbraham Road south side 1, corner Wilbraham Road/Barlow Moor Road 1959”
is Kemp’s Chemists (at Kemp’s Corner), on a Sunday.
Caption “Wilbraham Road south side 7, Woolworth’s Store, corner Wilbraham/Brundrettes Road 1959”
Brundrettes should read Brundretts.
Caption “Southern Hotel, corner of Nell Lane, Mauldeth Road 1959”
Mauldeth Road should read Mauldeth Road West
Caption “Ready Radio Cinema, Barlow Moor Road 1962”
I’m not at all sure that Ready Radio ran a cinema in the old Palace Cinema. I’m sure it was a retail shop.
Caption “Corner of Zetland Road, Sandy Lane and Barlow Moor Road 1959”.
Certainly was Zetland Road by 1965, but possibly still had its original name of Holland Road in 1959.
Thank you for the updates Trevor, I will pass them on to the Heritage Manager to amend our records. Kind regards Siobhan
I noticed you’re quite familiar with Kemp’s corner. I am an architect looking into the history of the site and wanted to see if there was any way I could get in touch. Let me know if this is something you would be interested in.
Caption “Chorlton Park Primary School, Corner of Mauldeth Road West and Barlow Moor Road east side 1959”
should read “Chorlton Park Infant School and Nursery School, Corner of Mauldeth Road West and Barlow Moor Road east side 1959.”
Once again, thank you for the update, I will pass this on to the Heritage Manager to amend our records. Kind regards Siobhan
Hi I’m enjoying the old photos you are putting out. I am originally from Manchester, my dad was from Salford and although I now live in France ( retired) I am still interested in local history of the North west . When I was working in Stockport as an Art teacher I took a lot of photos of old buildings in and around greater Manchester. I would like to send you copies but I am not on facebook or twitter. How can I get them to you? if you would like them? Ray Pilkington > Message du 14/08/20 12:01> De : “WordPress.com” > A : email@example.com> Copie à : > Objet : [New post] Online Memory Box: Chorlton> >WordPress.com
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Hi Ray, thank you for your kind offer. I will send an email to you to discuss how it may be possible. Many thanks Siobhan
really enjoying these photos – I’ve just started working at St Werburghs Church – the “congregational church” on Wilbraham Road – fantastic to see the old photos here.
My wife and I were at chorlton central school 1951-56. I have had no success finding any information. We have no images but do remember teachers and class mates to share. Help.
Kind regards, David Pickford.
I’m sorrywe don’t have anything in our collections but perhaps somebody reading this will.
Re: Chorlton Central School
Thank you Bill.
Perhaps we should recall more of our memories. We were both very happy there and successful in our careers, having travelled extensively and able to retire early. We have settled in Scotland but have kept our eye on Stretford and Chorlton.
Thanks, David Pickford C Eng FIET. DPAGB.
Thanks, I hope some help will come. My searches for Chorlton Central School have had no success.
Wonder if anyone remembers the travelling fairgrounds visiting Chorlton Park in the 1950s and later Lonford Park