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

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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. 

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NSPCC Staying safe online guide for children.

Age UK Staying safe online guide for older people

Chorlton Green, West side, builders A. Percival and Sons, and Chapman Car Service Ltd, house on right formerly Green Farm House 1958
Junction of St Clements Road with Chorlton Green, a part of old Chorlton Village No’s 43, 45, 47 St Clements Road 1959
Petrol Station (opened June 1959) corner of Mauldeth Road West and Alexandra Road South adjoins Railway Station 1959
287 Barlow Moor Road west side, current prices on window 1959
Wilbraham Road south side 1, corner Wilbraham Road/Barlow Moor Road 1959
Corner of High Lane/Barlow Moor Road, west side 1959
Wilbraham Road south side 4, insurance office 583 and Maypole Dairy 585, 1959
Wilbraham Road south side 7, Woolworth’s Store, corner Wilbraham/Brundrettes Road 1959
Wilbraham Road north side, on Chorlton-cum-Hardy station bridge approach 1961

Chorlton-cum-Hardy Railway Station 1890
(1103/596) e01 Mr. Gill recalls the Beech Road area and the activities that took place on the old village green from the 1920s.
Courtesy of Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre
Hough End Hall 1900
Chorlton Green, St Clement’s Church and Lych Gate 1910
Aerial View showing Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy 1925. Barlow Moor Road runs diagonally across and has the tram terminus on it. Beech Road runs off Barlow Moor Road, to the top left of the picture (as viewed). The Palais De Luxe (cinema) is just above the tram turning in into the road. The large white building towards the bottom of the picture was later the Palais de Danse Princess Ballroom, although it is unclear if this is what it was at the time this picture was taken.
The Green, Chorlton-cum-Hardy 1925
Chorlton-cum-Hardy Bus Terminus 1940
Southern Hotel, corner of Nell Lane, Mauldeth Road 1959
Royal Agricultural Show, Houghend Fields, Chorlton-cum-Hardy 1930 (the outlines of buildings on the field, top left, are from Alexandra Park Aerodrome located here 1918-24).

Beech Road Recreation Ground 1908
(1103/636) e02 Mrs. Clarke remembers the parks she played in as a child and the bandstands and stages with events every week. “…we used to get bands on a Sunday in there and dancing groups…”
Courtesy of Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre
Chorlton-cum-Hardy Public Baths, Manchester Road 1920
Savoy Picture House, Chorlton-cum-Hardy 1930 (later became the Gaumont)
Gaumont Cinema. Chorlton-cum-Hardy 1958 (Previously the Savoy Picture House)
(1103/635) e01 Mr. and Mrs. Hilton recall the various leisure activities in Chorlton from sports at the Cricket Club to repertory theatre where actor Doris Speed performed and having dancing lessons.
Courtesy of Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre
Chorlton Public Library, Manchester Road 1958
Chorlton Park, Children’s Playground, Barlow Moor Road east side 1959
Chorlton Park, Paddling Pool, Barlow Moor Road east side 1959
Ready Radio Cinema, Barlow Moor Road 1962

Corner of Longford Road and Manchester Road, west side 1958
Mauldeth Road West, south side corner of Nell Lane 1959
(1103/589) e01 Mr. Donbavend talks about the development of Chorlton and the growth of industry in the surrounding areas. “…most of the people…the workers…lived in this area Chorlton Green…”
Courtesy of Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre
Corner of Zetland Road, Sandy Lane and Barlow Moor Road 1959
Barlow Moor Road West Side, Corner of Cranbourne Road and Barlow Moor Road, No. 551, 1959
(1103/636) e01 Mrs. Clarke describes the different social classes living in different areas of Chorlton and how neighbours would help each other.
Courtesy of Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre
 No’s 364, 362 Wilbraham Road north side 1960
Stanley Grove, from Crossland Road 1972
Brownhill Buildings, Off Sandy Lane 1973

St Clement’s Church, Chorlton-cum-Hardy 1880
Oswald Road Municipal School, Chorlton-cum-Hardy 1925
Chorlton High School for Boys, Woodwork Shop, Corkland Road 1927
Chorlton Park Primary School, Corner of Mauldeth Road West and Barlow Moor Road east side 1959
St Ninian’s Old Church, Wilbraham Road south side 1960
Parish Hall at rear of St Werburgh’s Church, Wilbraham Road north side 1960
Congregational Church, Wilbraham Road north side 1960

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 .