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Ernest adds his sporting memories

Ernest Pennington came to visit the Salford and Cheetham Hill In Focus at People’s History Museum and spotted some familiar faces from his past in one of the pictures. “I lived on Coke Street and went to North Salford Boys’ School on Leicester Road, Higher Broughton,” he said. “There was a photo of the school rugby team with a trophy that brought back memories for me. I remembered the teachers who are in the photo and also recognised some of the team, including the lad holding the cup.” Thanks to Ernest, Barry Bridgen (see below) and others, we have now been able to identify most of the people in the photograph. See the original image here.


Barry spots some familiar faces in the rugby team

Barry Bridgen had a shock when he looked through a copy of the Salford and Cheetham Hill In Focus book – he was looking at a photo of his old school rugby team. Barry had called into Langworthy Cornerstone Community Centre to look at our exhibition of images of Salford Schools. It was when he picked up a copy of our book that he made the discovery. “I was at North Salford Secondary School and the picture must have been taken around 1963, when I was 13,” he said. “I lived on Devonshire Street, Higher Broughton at the time and I can still remember the names of a lot of the boys in the photo – and the teachers!” Thanks to Barry, we have been able to add some names to the comments below the image. See the original photo here.


Estelle finds herself in the picture!

A woman from Cheetham Hill was amazed to discover a photo of herself in our collection, taken sixty years ago. Estelle Szablinskyj was visiting the Ukrainian Cultural Centre when a friend showed her the image, after recognising her. “I don’t remember having the portrait taken but I must have been about 17 at the time,” said Estelle. “Everyone loves the book and has been passing it around at the Centre. My friend spotted me on the website and printed out a copy to show me.” Estelle was born in Chestnut Street, Hightown in Cheetham Hill and her husband was Ukrainian. She has been going to the Ukrainian Centre since she was a young woman and used to dance there. See the original portrait of Estelle here.


Memories of Ordsall in the 60s

Paul Blain got in touch with us to say he would like to contribute some of his own family’s photographs of Ordsall, after looking at the collection. The photographs are of large family groups on Napier Street in Ordsall, and they show the back-to-back terraces before they were demolished, shortly after these photographs were taken. See Paul Blain’s photographs here.

Memories of Salford in the 50s and 60s

Inspired by looking at the collection, Eddie Weinstein invited his childhood friends Graham Kraft and Harvey Goldstein to come and look at the photographs at Higher Broughton Community Hub. See here for the photograph brought in by Eddie, of himself and Graham as children in Trafalgar Street, Lower Broughton, Salford. They all lived in the same street from the 1940s to the 60s. We also have memories from Harvey, Eddie and Graham in our Memory Book section.

Memories of Hightown in the 50s and 60s

Eddie Weinstein lived in the Hightown area, where many of the streets were demolished from the mid to late 60s. His family lived on Vernon Street, as well as Trafalgar Street in Lower Broughton and Cheetham Hill. He remembers many of the shops and locations along Cheetham Hill Road, some of which are recorded in our Memory Book. See Eddie’s family photographs here.

Photos of Lower Broughton, Salford

Jack Heggarty brought two amazing photographs, one of Sussex Street School, Lower Broughton, in 1931 and another of a Coronation party in Beach Street, Lower Broughton, 1953, see the images here. Jack has contributed many memories to our project in recent years of his family’s life in Lower Broughton.


Whit Walks, Cheetham Hill

Olwyn Casement (nee Hurst) shared her memories of the Whit Walks that she took part in as a Girl Guide. She recognised herself and her friends in different photographs;
“We were in Marlborough Road Methodist Guides and I went to Marlborough Road School. All the girls in the photo were in the Guides together for about 5 years, from when we were 11 until we were about 15. We all went away together to a Girls Friendly Society in Morecambe. The Lieutenant (woman at front right, see photo here PMC13016) was called Mrs Norris, and her sister (on the left) Miss Bates, was the Captain.
Olwyn also identified (from the left) Shirley Prince (Olwyn’s friend), Rita Cowey, Brenda Keyes, Alma, Mrs Norris, Jean McGinty, Jean Hughes, Olwyn Hurst, Doreen Brown and Elsie Voyce (photo on right, PMC13017). Jean McGinty, behind the leader, was the daughter of a well known chucker-outerer at the Devonshire Picture House! It’s not there now”.


Whit Walks, Salford

This Whit Walk photograph shows Wellington St. Primary School, sent by Helen Wolfenden. Her Mother had her first teaching job at the school. She met her husband, Willie, while working at Salford Grammar, who was a caretaker there. Helen sent us some other amazing photographs of Whit Walks and family life in Brindle Heath, see here for her collection.

Archive Volunteer, Barbara, finds her School Photograph

After spending a year helping to clean and catalogue the collection’s thousands of negatives, project volunteer Barbara finally found herself in a school photograph at our Salford Museum and Art Gallery Exhibition. See Barbara in foreground in our News item here.

As a child she went to St. Lawrence’s School and this photograph shows  her on the front row (arms crossed, second from the left). The photograph was taken in March 1964 in the school canteen. See more of our Salford Schools collection here

Whit Walks, Cheetham Hill

Chris Rowland too part in the Whit Walks in 1951. He came into Salford Museum and told us “I broke my leg in Mandley Park on a scooter, I went into a wall. I had it set in plaster at the Jewish Hospital and I attended the Walks at this time. We walked as part of the Unitarian Presbyterian Church and with the Cubs’. You can see Chris pictured here on the photograph he found in our exhibition (Chris in walking on the right of the front row,  you can just see his plaster on his left leg).

Bookbinders Bakery, Cheetham Hill Road

The bakery was founded by the singer Elkie Brookes’ Grandfather, circa 1911. Many people remember the bakery located at the heart of the community, just off the crossroads of Cheetham Hill Road and Halliwell Lane. This photograph shows the front of the shop in June 1951, during the Whit Walk processions. The collection also shows the shop in many other Whit Walks photographs in the Churches and Whit Walks category, and we also have the inside of bakery, which you can see here in the Work and Industry category.

St Marks Church Whit Walks

Elaine Brown’s family lived in the Cheetham Hill area in the 1950s and 1960s. She went to St. Marks Church, which is featured in our archive in the Churches and Whit Walks category. She was Head Girl in the choir and walked in the Whit Walks processions. Elaine has sent  photographs of her brother Michael, her Foster Mother Jean Allen, as well as photos of the family. See Elaine’s collection here.

Barry Davidson’s School Memories

Barry called in to our Salford Museum and Art Gallery exhibition and brought with him photographs of his old schools. Barry attended Cheetham Hill Methodist School and Heath Street School between 1951 and 1958.

See Barry’s collection here.


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Bernard (right) left Cheetham Hill in 1956, after living in Greenland Street, Cheetham Hill. He had not seen Marjorie Maddison, who lived in nearby Ollier Street, since then. They met by chance when visiting our exhibition. Marjorie’s brother, Jim Hobson, was Bernards best friend. Bernard said “Jim got me my first job at Dodd Engineers, he put a word in for me when I was 16 to get an apprenticeship. I was also best man at his wedding the year I left Cheetham Hill”. Marjorie explained that Jim had always wondered where Bernard had gone to. Sadly, Jim has recently passed away, but the two families are now keeping in touch having shared many stories at the gallery.

Bread-O-Mat Machine


My dad, Eddie Marland,  used to work for Mothers Pride in the mid 1960s. He worked at the factory in Trafford Park. Shop opening times were restricted in those days and the Bread-o-Mat machines were used to enable people to buy bread after work, when the shops were closed. The machines were short lived, as they were sometimes vandalised. They only existed for a year or two. – Steve Marland

If you know where G.M. McCoy’s shop was, or have any information on the photograph (or these machines), please comment on our memory book section of the site. See the original photo here


Emanuel Raffles House

Emanuel Raffles House, POMC01015“My mother was a sewing machinist. She started work for Emanuel Raffles when she was 14 in 1927. Emanuel  Raffles was born 1894 so he would have been 34 years old then. There were four machinists, one named Mariah, a cutter and Emanuel himself. He opened a factory in Ancoats and went on to employ a thousand workers. Mariah was the Forelady and my mother trained the new machinists. They went on to become a main supplier of raincoats to Mark’s and Spencer. Emanuel’s son Ralph married Sally Sieff dàughter of Lord Sieff, the S in M&S”, Dorothy Moss.

See here for Dorothy’s family photos of her self, her father and mother. Both her and her Mother are wearing dresses Dorothy’s mother made for them.

Cheetham Hill Road

Sylvia Hardman and Mamie Glasburg, Cheetham Hill Road, nr St Chads,1932Denise Stallman sent us her photographs of Cheetham Hill Road and her family taken between the 1930s and 40s. This photograph was taken near St. Chads Church of Denise’s Mother, Sylvia Hardman (nee Lazarus) and her friend Mamie Glasburg, taken in 1932.

Denise’s maternal Great-grandfather Joseph or Jacob Lazarus who came from Jedwabne in the Lomza district of Poland, near Bialystock. He lived on Elizabeth Street and at other Cheetham addresses. He worked as a Hebrew teacher and a cabinet maker. See our collection of furniture made in Cheetham Hill in our Furniture Category.

See more of Denise’s personal photographs here.


Premiere Cinema, Cheetham Hill Road

POM02409The Premiere was one of a number of cinemas in the Cheetham Hill area, including The Greenhill, The Odeon (Riviera) and The Shakespeare. Marjorie Maddison was a member of the children’s ABC Minors Club at The Premiere.

Please see her badge collection here and see Oral Histories for her reciting The ABC Minors song. Also see The Memory Book for the lyrics.

See the Cinemas category for more images of The Premiere and Odeon, Cheetham Hill.


Marjorie Maddison (nee Hobson), Mandlebergs

Visit by an opera singer (possibly Kathleen Ferrier) at Mandelbergs or Frankenbergs textile factory

Marjorie brought this photograph to the Gallery. She thinks it’s either Mandlebergs or Frankenbergs textile factory. The photograph records a visit by an opera singer (foreground wearing a hat), possibly Kathleen Ferrier. If anyone recognises the photograph, the place or the people, please add to our Memory Book.

See more of Marjorie Maddison’s personal photographs here.


Alan Powels Barber Shop, Amber Street, off Shude Hill

POM30517“That was a very famous barber shop run by Alan Powel, and those boys are the Four Pennies. They did quite well in the 60’s with hits like Juliet. And thats my brother Alan Goldstone!”  Gerry Stone. See Gerry’s own photographs here.

(top left, Alan Goldstone, 3rd right top row, Alan Powel, far right, trainee, Danny Brown).


PMD08002, RONNIE MACRonnie Mac from Mac Brothers Tailors, Great Cheetham Street East.

“Mac Brothers Tailors was a gents outfitters. I used to go in and get my suits made there. His brother made suits and he was in sales”, Lionel Cramer

“He taught my sister in law her trade, she’s a qualified tailoress. He taught her when she first left school, as she only lived round the corner. She lived in Bond Street. She went working there and they had the shop upstairs and she learnt tailoring and she could make a suit right through.”  Olyn Casement (nee Hurst)

See more photographs in the Portraits of the 1950s and 60s section.

Brtistones Shop, Cheetham Hill RoadAnnie Britsone, pictured in the  centre of the photograph in Britstone’s Grocers shop, 114 Cheetham Hill Road.

Lionel Cramer remembered the shop when visiting our exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Do you remember any of the people in the photograph? The shop was listed in a street directory of 1965 as Harry Joseph Britsone’s Grocers.

See more photographs in the Shops section.


Father HawryliukFather Hawryliuk was a Priest in the Ukrainian community in Cheetham Hill.

A visitor  pointed this out in our exhibition at  Salford Museum and Art Gallery. If you have memories of him, please comment on our Memory Book page.

See more photographs in the Portraits of the 1950s and 60s section


Cooling towers, POM08124wCooling Towers, Agecroft Power Station

Until their demolition in 1994, the cooling towers were a part of Salford’s iconic landscape.

Blanche Carson remembers them; ” The two on the right were the original ones, you can tell because they have more detail at the top. I remember the other two being built. Me Grandmother lived on Agecroft Road West and you could see them from there, and you could see the chimney”.