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Monday 18 February 2008

Manchester Then and Now: Sackville Street, St. Luke’s Church, Chorlton On Medlock

In Victorian times, the southern part of Sackville Street was called Zara Street. The road used to run right into the north-eastern part of Chorlton On Medlock and, after crossing Mount Street, was called Rutland Street.

Later, Rutland Street was renamed St. Luke’s Street. Then, in the 1960’s, the Mancunian Way (motorway) was built and sliced across the area from east to west, cutting off this part of Chorlton On Medlock from the city centre to a degree.

This is how things looked in 1916 and here is a photo taken from the same spot this month.

The southern part of Sackville Street today

This map is from 1849. The yellow symbol shows roughly where the camera was in both photographs, old and new, and the red lines show where the Mancunian Way runs today.

Map of Chorlton On Medlock 1849

Here’s a shot from 1916 looking in the opposite direction up Sackville Street. On either side in the foreground are the low walls of the bridge over the River Medlock. On the map above it is shown as the ‘Zara Street Bridge’.

See the area on Google Maps.

Chorlton On Medlock (or Chorlton UPON Medlock) covers a fairly large area from Stockport Road in the east, Hathersage Road in the south, Cambridge Street in the west and almost into the city centre in the north. Just to confuse matters, the north eastern part is sometimes referred to as Brunswick. In the nineteenth century this north-eastern area near Sackville Street had a mix of factories, mills, chemical and dye works and poor terraced housing, along with some grand houses along the front of some of the streets. As the century progressed and the area became ever more industrialised, the wealthier people moved further out of the city, leaving the poor behind.

The air was thick with smoke and filth. There were outbreaks of cholera, especially amongst the houses that bordered the River Medlock (this photo was taken from Downing Street looking west). Nowadays you may be lucky enough to see a heron in the river, but 150 years ago it was a toxic soup of chemicals, sewerage and other waste. It wasn’t uncommon to find dozens of families sharing a single outside toilet or cold water tap.

When you weren’t at your 84-hours-a-week job in a factory or at one of the ‘dark satanic mills’ you might be at one of the many churches in the area. Such as St.Luke’s.

Grosvenor Street was a focal point for religion, with a number of churches and chapels, the Salvation Army and a “Funeral Furnisher” on the corner with Downing Street. The business can be seen here in 1890 and was still there in 1958 with the same family name (Broome).

The Rusholme Road Cemetery (Dissenters’ Burial Ground) was just one block away. It opened in 1821 and in the first 18 years there were more than 29,000 burials. By the time it closed in 1933, there had been at least 78,143. Though in 1947 a custodian told The Guardian that “over 100,000” people lay there.

Here’s a shot of St. Luke’s church from 1957 and another from 1959, by which time many of the houses had been demolished. The photographer had his back to Downing Street when he took these two photos.

You can see the church on the 1849 map. However it seems this was an earlier building and it was rebuilt with the spire shortly after that date.

Sackville Street and the former site of St.Luke's church

In the modern-day photo above the approximate positions of Sackville Street and St Luke’s Church are marked in red and yellow. Note the patch of grass next to the Mancunian Way, which is where the graveyard of St Luke’s was.

Here’s a shot from 1960 looking towards the city centre and similar to the modern day picture above. However the camera position is a little further to the left. You can see the rear of St Luke’s and its spire on the right of the photo.

Note the distinctive red brick Manchester University building at the top right corner of the modern shot and top left of the archive shot. This photo was taken at the same time (the vehicles are the same in both) and shows the tower of Piccadilly Plaza (now called City Tower) under construction in the distance. Here’s another image showing the scene slightly further to the left (west).

The information on one of these pictures states that they were taken from the roof of 68 Grosvenor Street, which I think may be this building. It’s in the right position and one of the few that is still there now, although boarded up and neglected. Here’s how it looks today:

Former engineering works, Grosvenor Street

Former engineering works, Grosvenor Street, Manchester

Here’s a shot looking east towards Downing Street and Piccadilly Station. Note the spire of St Luke’s in the foreground and the box shaped building in the middle distance on the right side of the picture. This is an electricity sub-station apparently and is right next to the entrance to Manchester’s one-time top-secret cold-war atom bomb shelter: the Guardian tunnel.

And it seems the photographer turned to his right slightly and got this shot which shows the rear of the buildings along Grosvenor Street.

Note the factory with the zigzag roof in the top middle of the photo. Here it is today from a different camera angle.

Factory on Grosvenor Street, Manchester M13

Looking over to the west from the same roof, this vintage shot shows Upper Brook Street with the junction with Grosvenor Street just out of frame to the left. This is how that junction looked in 1959 (the vans at the traffic lights are travelling towards the west along Grosvenor Street). Here’s how the same scene looks today:

The junction of Grosvenor Street and Upper Brook Street, east side

This image shows those buildings under demolition in 1960. However the photographer has printed the negative the wrong way round (or it has been scanned that way) so the scene is flipped horizontally.

And here’s the other side of the junction in 1959. The road leading away from the camera is Upper Brook Street heading towards the city centre. In the similar modern-day view below you can see the same building at far left of frame.

If you look at the chimneys you can see how many buildings were demolished to widen Upper Brook Street: the buildings on the corner at the junction, the lower white building and the taller darker building to the left of it were all pulled down. With only the one to the very far left of the old photo still remaining today.

Road widening was one of the things that contributed to the destruction of communities up and down the country, as whole stretches of shops were swept away.

The junction of Grosvenor Street and Upper Brook Street, Manchester, west side

According to a note on one of the photos in the Manchester Libraries collection, when he was in Manchester Charles Dickens used to attend a smaller chapel that was just behind the Rusholme Road Congregational Chapel. The latter stood on the corner of Upper Brook Street and Rusholme Road. Here is a similar image that gives more of a glimpse along Rusholme Road and here is the modern day scene.

The junction of Rusholme Road and Upper Brook Street was where the nearest lamp-post is on the left side of the picture.

The Chapel was where the red-brick house (gable end) is today on the left side of the photo and extended up to where the lamp-post is.

Upper Brook Street is now much wider than it was in those days and Rusholme Road disappeared completely in the 1960’s, along with almost everything else in this part of Chorlton On Medlock. They called it ‘slum clearance’ and much of the housing that was bulldozed was poor. But decent buildings were swept away too.

Similar houses survived in other areas. If they were still around, some of those large terraced houses would sell for £250,000 now (examples: 1, 2, 3, 4). But, even if they had survived the clearance, some of them would no doubt have fallen into dereliction or even been abandoned completely in the following years, as happened in other areas of Manchester during that time.

Today this inner-city area still has a good sense of community. It’s home to an incredibly diverse range of different cultures and nationalities and all get along well together. Here’s a colourful ‘flags of the world’ parade by local children from 2006:


Spinning the Web: Cottonopolis – Chorlton on Medlock

This page is mainly about the area of Chorlton On Medlock to the west of Oxford Road.

Filed under: History,Manchester,Photography — GS @ 9:14 pm


  1. As one who spent my early days (during and after the war) in the Upper Brook Street area, living in Blackstock Street, Tennyson Street and July Street, I find your site quite interesting. Many thanks.

    As for maps of the area, I have uploaded several street plans at


    and most of the streets mentioned in the earlier posts are shown on there.

    There are also a couple of early photographs of Upper Brook Street (1910 and 1935) on the home page.
    Eric Rowland

    Comment by Eric Rowland
    Thursday 1 September 2011 @ 11:22 pm

  3. hi would like to thank eric rowland. i lived on russell st next too st lukes church. i could never remember the next street over from russell st clare st i looked at eric rowlands maps there realy good maps thank you.I love thise site but its screy going back so far i am liveing in new mexico USA thanks roger

    Comment by roger foster
    Thursday 6 October 2011 @ 2:29 am

  5. Just found this site and not yet read all the posts. However, there is one error I can see St Luke’s church was not Roman Catholic it was Church of England.

    I also remember the top of the spire being taken down, I can’t remember the year but it was before 1959. There was hardly any thought to Health and Safety, men simply took of the top in sections and lowered it to the ground on ropes, we watched from the steps of 23 St Luke Street and really was way too near.

    I was born in St Luke’s Street and went to St Luke’s School and Church and later to Medlock Secondary Modern.


    Comment by BusyDee
    Monday 19 December 2011 @ 8:34 pm

  7. my great grandparents lived in c onm and i have been told they manned the pumping house they would have been kennys or herds,any info anyone of a pumping station in that area

    fantastic site wish i found it earlier

    Comment by susan taylor
    Wednesday 28 December 2011 @ 10:27 am

  9. My mother Alice Trelfa and her siblings lived in Mawson Street Chorlton on Medlock in the 1940’s. Mum, now in her 80’s talks of Mansfield st school, Moffats Sweet Factory, The Hall of Good Hope and Webbers clothing company where her sisters worked, Edna and Flo. Does anyone have any photos of Mawson street or the other places i have mentioned, or if indeed you knew my mother or her family, please contact, many thanks Lesley

    Comment by lesley connor
    Wednesday 18 January 2012 @ 7:28 pm

  11. g7uk.com

    in reply to Lesley:

    The Local Image Collection has this photo of the Mawson Hotel in 1970. The caption suggests that it was on Mawson Street but the maps show otherwise. According to the 1900 map the pub was on the corner of Ogilvie Street and Frances Street which eventually led on to Mawson Street if you headed north-west in the direction of Ardwick Green.

    The pub is still there today — see here on Street View — although there’s a rumour that someone wants to buy it and demolish it for the land.

    The pub was one of the few buildings that were left standing after the clearance circa 1963. Another was a red-brick school on the corner of Mawson Street and Mansfield Street (which is now called Wadeson Road). Here you can see the school apparently still under construction in 1909.

    The school was only demolished a couple of years ago. In fact you can see the new school being built on the same spot on Street View. You can see what was Mawson Street, leading away into the distance, now an access road for the school with a lorry and some cars parked.

    Turning 180 degrees on Street View you can again see a road that would have been part of Mawson Street going in the opposite direction. Now called Tristram Close. There’s a good chip shop on the left!

    You can see Mawson Street on the colour map above (the second image up from this reply). It’s near the bottom of the yellow highlighted street.

    Comment by GS
    Monday 30 January 2012 @ 4:44 pm

  13. Both my parents grew up in Chorlton-on-Medlock, over the years they lived on Ogilvie Street, Cottenham Street, Shakespeare Street, and mainly Rumford Street. My mum went to the Holy Name Church, was married there and I was later christened here. Any photographs or descripions of these roads would be appreciated. Would also be great if anyone has memories of the Hewitt or Mahoney families.

    Comment by John Hewitt
    Wednesday 1 February 2012 @ 1:03 pm

  15. Great site – I was born at and lived on Curry Street (running parallel to Brunswick Street) in the late 60’s till 1971 (before being shifted off to Southern Manchester by the clearances). Do’s anyone have any pictures of Curry Street from that era?


    Comment by Joe
    Friday 3 February 2012 @ 10:33 am

  17. hi i was sitting in the class room when thay was takeing the spire off the top of the church it was about 1956 or 1957 i was 8 or nine i lived on russell st thay just used ropes and let the big stones down. i went to st lukes school it was a lovely church wish thay would build stuff like that again roger

    Comment by roger
    Monday 13 February 2012 @ 3:20 am

  19. Hey! My grandparents Patrick & Patricia Farerel lived on Golden Street in the early to mid 1960’s. The street was pulleddown some time around 1967 or 1968 and my grandparents were the only occupants left living their until the clearance.

    Although, i don’t actually know where the street stood. I would love to know wherabouts it was situated. I think it may have been near the Holy Name or St Augustines churches?

    Comment by CoPatrickRogers
    Thursday 8 March 2012 @ 6:28 pm

  21. Apologies for the obvious spelling mistakes :(

    Comment by CoPatrickRogers
    Thursday 8 March 2012 @ 6:30 pm

  23. Hi

    I did a google search and your site came up as the number 1 pick. Do you have any pictures of the below address?

    78 Higher Temple Street Chorlton-on-Medlock, Upper Didsbury, Manchester South.

    Looking for kin.
    Rose Anne Baldwin Bn Didsbury, Manchester in 1925. Father: Leonard Edward BALDWIN Marr Rose Annie BALDWIN (nee GIBSON?), – also, daughter: Marcia M. M. BALDWIN, 1921. Aunt (??)Bertha BALDWIN (??) married Charles ROSE West LondonMarriage Registers in 1947. I think my grandparents and mother lived at 78 Higher Temple Street Chorlton-on-Medlock, Upper Didsbury.Thank you

    Comment by dale
    Thursday 19 April 2012 @ 7:03 pm

  25. Hi there, thank you for creating this site. I don’t know terribly much about my family, as my grandfather (Albert Brock) passed in the 80’s and my Nan (Edna Brock, nee Little) didn’t tell me much either. They emigrated to Australia. It is interesting to see the areas they would have lived in, I believe Nan lived in Moss Side when she was small.

    Thank you once again,



    Comment by Jennifer
    Thursday 10 May 2012 @ 2:44 am

  27. g7uk.com

    in reply to Dale:

    Here’s a photo of the junction of Brunswick Street with Higher Temple Street in 1961. My 1955 map shows the street numbers from 1 to 21 but I don’t have the part that might show number 78. But I reckon it would have been close to that junction.

    This is the same junction now on Google Street View. I don’t think many people would say it’s an improvement!

    Here are two shots of schools that were on Higher Temple Street. Seen here in the late 1960’s after the redevelopment circa 1963/4: photo 1 | photo 2.

    The caption to this one mentions that the school closed in 1967 but the photo itself seems to be from earlier.

    Higher Temple Street is another street that disappeared in the redevelopment of the 1960’s. You can see little bits of it here and there, but in other places it has been built over and none of it has the original name.

    The first school that replaced those in the 1967 photos has itself been demolished recently, along with a care home. The whole area is earmarked for a PFI makeover, although it depends on the government giving the final approval. A decision is expected within the next few weeks.

    I’m going to make a page about Temple Street, which was the continuation of the street nearer the city centre. There are many interesting photographs and stories about it.

    Comment by GS
    Thursday 10 May 2012 @ 11:30 am

  29. Hi.

    I wonder if anyone could help me find a picture or a map of the street “Royle Street” which was in Cholton-on-Medlock. My Great Uncle Walter Gilson lived there until he was killed in the War in 1915.



    Comment by Lisa
    Sunday 13 May 2012 @ 3:07 pm

  31. g7uk.com

    in reply to Lisa:

    I have a particular interest in the area around Royle Street but unfortunately I haven’t found much so far.

    Royle Street, Chorlton On Medlock in 1848

    There were at least two other Royle Streets: one in Ancoats and another in Ladybarn.

    The street in Chorlton On Medlock ran between Grosvenor Street and Rusholme Road, as you can see on this Ordnance Survey map from 1848. The rear of the Grosvenor Street (General Baptist) Chapel was on the corner.

    maps of Royle Street in 1836 and 1848

    Comparing maps from 1836 and 1848 you can see that the street seems to be partially built in 1836.

    The only photo on the Manchester Libraries Local Image Collection website is this one of the City Inn, which stood on the corner of Royle Street and Rusholme Road. The blue arrow on the first map shows the location of the pub.

    the site of Royle Street todaymap of Royle Street in 1955

    The 1955 map suggests that most of the buildings were still standing. You can see the house numbers on this map. The photo shows the scene now, looking from the Grosvenor Street end.

    Comment by GS
    Tuesday 15 May 2012 @ 6:13 pm

  33. Thankyou very much G7uk.
    Walter Gilson lived at no 24,Royle Street,and this information has helped immensely.

    Comment by Lisa
    Wednesday 13 June 2012 @ 7:17 am

  35. Hi, Yes a brilliant site.
    I am researching the family history for my Dad who was born in 1931 and went to Cavendish Street School. He was born Harold Brown but was brought up by the Mansley’s who lived on Blossom Street so he took on their name.
    His mother’s maiden name was Marmion (Louisa) and he was born at 58 Grafton Street.
    All the addresses are part of Chorlton-on-Medlock
    Thanks again for all the information.

    Comment by Jacqui
    Sunday 15 July 2012 @ 11:12 am

  37. Hello,
    I work with the UK National Inventory of War Memorials (part of Imperial War Museums) and this website and post number 49 regarding the war memorial to St Stephen’s Old Boys, Chorlton on Medlock was brought to our attention by one of our Volunteers. We think this memorial may relate to one we have listed as being lost after St Stephen’s Church was demolished. I realise there has been quite a delay in responding to this, but Jim, could you follow this link to see if it is the same memorial you have in your possession?

    If so, we can start to amend our records and advise you on what to do if you still require assistance.

    Thank you all

    Comment by Mike Gordon
    Thursday 11 October 2012 @ 11:16 am

  39. hello
    just been researching a bit of family history and come up with an address of 5 sylvan grove chorlton on medlock but it doesn’t appear to exist any more . From the other comments on here it looks like you may be able to shed some light on the location of this address. particularly interested as in the 1891 census there waa a family of 7 plus 5 boarders including one german and one dane .


    Comment by martin heslam
    Monday 24 December 2012 @ 6:49 pm

  41. My brother and sisters and I all went to St Stephens school next to St Stephens Church on Everton Road where we all lived in the sixties.Yes we all went to the church Guildry Garden and St Stephens Sunshine Center. Have been looking for photos of the school and church and Everton Road. Our name was Mclellan and our mothers name was Whitehead, her family lived in the area for years.Would be nice to find people who went to the school or lived on that road or nearby.

    Comment by MCLELLAN
    Monday 4 February 2013 @ 1:42 am

  43. Adrianne 42 The Guildry Garden at St Stephens Church was similar to the Guides or Brownies. We used to march with them and the band every Sunday Also, does anyone know where I can find photos of Everton Road and Elton Street ect., C-on-M

    Comment by jane pickford
    Monday 11 February 2013 @ 4:19 am

  45. I was brought up in Burton St off Temple St until 1957 when we moved to Fallowfield. I was 12 years old. The Sherwood public house was on the corner. At 18 in 1963 I started drinking in the “City Inn” on Rusholme Rd run by Annie White. When they closed that for demolision me and my friends followed Annie”, to the King Arms” on Robert St. I even spent my wedding night there in 1964. It was a great pub. I remember the building of Kerry Close started around that time I have some lovely memories of C-on-M but I don’t have a photo of Burton st,changed to Burrell St. or Barlow St They seemed to have missed that block including Clare St Royle St etc. when taking photo’s prior to demolition of the area in the early 60s Can you help please. Thank you. This is a great site I have just lost half of the afternoon on it.

    Comment by Peter carney
    Friday 15 February 2013 @ 5:36 pm

  47. Hi,

    My Father was born at 30 Clifford Street, Chorlton upon Medlock in 1927. Next door was a Salvation Army Hostel – I found an image at


    I would be interested to know whether the image is only the Hostel or perhaps includes the neighbouring house where my Father was born. No 30 was a very large house with 3 families (my relatives – Music Hall Artistes) all living together and I believe was also a non-registered Boarding House.

    Great site!

    Comment by Ian H
    Friday 22 February 2013 @ 5:35 pm

  49. I was born in february street in 1951 and lived there for 9 years,my family ie uncles and grandparents also lived there.I have many pictures of are early life there and would be happy to share them with people. graham.berry3@btopenworld.com

    Comment by Graham
    Wednesday 31 July 2013 @ 8:15 pm

  51. Item 70 – location of Sylvan Grove.
    This was off Nelson Street, to the south side and was roughly half way between UB Street and Plymouth Grove. I have an extract of a map showing the location, but don’t know how to upload it!

    Comment by Samuel
    Saturday 31 August 2013 @ 9:48 pm

  53. Re Item 70

    Location of Sylvan Grove – this was a street off Nelson Street (south side) and was roughly half-way between UB Street and Plymouth Grove. I have an extract of a map of the area showing Sylvan Grove, but don’t know how to upload it!



    Comment by Samuel
    Sunday 1 September 2013 @ 1:30 am

  55. Just found this site can’t believe if, I am not sure how to navigate around and answer the person who asked the question (any help would be appreciated). I was born in Molyneux street in 1949, we then lived on Everton Road facing St Stephens, I went to St Stephens school, we then moved to Milton Street. We lived near Fred the Butchers, Churchill Street, and The Church and Volunteers pub, most of the streets can be found in the Chris Makepiece book of Old Pubs in Chorlton-On-Medlock. In reply to McClellan, was your relative Mary Whitehead, who had the veg shop on Everton Road. Very happy memories, not many books to be found on Chorlton-On-Medlock.

    Comment by Carol
    Tuesday 21 January 2014 @ 1:31 pm

  57. I hope someone will answer, my maiden name was Thelwell thanks you

    Comment by Carol
    Wednesday 22 January 2014 @ 3:28 pm

  59. Hi Carol I’m looking for anyone who remembers William (Bill) Evans he went to St Stephen’s school in the 1930s and was born about 1927. Think his mother or grandmother was Louisa but not sure. I don’t know if he would ring any bells? Thank you

    Comment by Di
    Tuesday 11 February 2014 @ 5:02 pm

  61. Hi all I was born in May Street, 1955 I had five brothers and five sisters. Happy memories of the 60 and living there, anyone from May Steet or any of the other streets would like to chat over old times.


    Brothers – Arthur, Raymond, Keith, Leslie, Melvin, sisters, Madeline, Rita, Gill, Margaret and Pauline

    Comment by Derek Gledhill
    Tuesday 25 March 2014 @ 10:58 pm

  63. Hi there, I am trying to trace Hasur Ali Shah who came to Rushford Street in 1955 and lived at 45 Plymouth Grove from 1956 – 1958. Can anyone help me please?

    Comment by Kay Hughes
    Wednesday 16 July 2014 @ 6:23 am

  65. Hi, I was born in 1963 and lived in Belmont Terrace, Chorlton on Medlock until I was 6 years old whence we moved to Fallowfield. I briefly went to St Stephens school and remember being in a Miss Cherrys class? I think My parents were also taught by Miss Cherry? Names of people I vaguely remember from that young age are the “Hand” family, Mrs Almond who lived opposite our house – I used to run for firewood for her and get either a threpenny bit or a piece of Apple Pie. There was also an elderly lady who walked with a stick called Mabel. Does anyone remember a Belmont Terrace as I have never found any reference to it. I believe it might have been off a Freme Street? Many thanks and wonderful site by the way! Sincerely, Warren

    Comment by Warren
    Thursday 17 July 2014 @ 8:55 am

  67. I came across this site accidentally tonight when searching for the street I grew up in. I spent the first 8 years of my life in Upper West Grove and my brothers and I went to St Joseph’s school. I can’t believe Upper West Grove is still standing. My parents immigrated to Australia in 1960. My Dad used to take me and my 4 siblings to Platt Fields Park on a Sunday to feed the ducks. Looking at photos on line it seems like yesterday.

    Comment by Eileen McLoughlin
    Thursday 13 November 2014 @ 12:11 pm

  69. Brilliant Site, regarding photos of this area have you tried Britain From Above ? A lot of photos from 1927 and 1949. I found a good aerial photo of C on M where my granmother lived and to think her father moved here from the beautifull vilage of Hoxne in Suffolk!!!

    Comment by Ian Warburton
    Saturday 27 December 2014 @ 1:10 am

  71. g7uk.com in reply to Ian:

    Thanks! I have seen it and agree it is a great resource. I found an interesting shot that shows the buildings in the Rusholme Road Cemetery. Also some of the area of Newcastle where I grew up.

    Comment by GS
    Tuesday 30 December 2014 @ 4:12 pm

  73. To the person who asked about Kingswood Road Ladybarn.
    This is certainly still there and you may like to know that one of the most famous residents was Captain Sir John Alcock,I can’t remember what number he lived at but there is a blue plaque on the front wall of the house.

    Hope this helps

    Comment by Anthony Morris
    Wednesday 31 December 2014 @ 5:37 pm

  75. Spent a hour on this site tonight. all those street names & places came flooding back like water over the Victoria Falls.

    We lived at 169 Upper Brook St and I attended St Chrysostoms school from 1946 to 1952. Have a few old school form photos if it helps anyone out there.

    Comment by Granville Davies
    Thursday 1 January 2015 @ 9:08 pm

  77. Excellent to see a website combining geography, history and family history – my three great interests. I live down in Sussex, but my Harris ancestors lived in Chorlton-upon-Medlock.I am seeking an old photo and map of Molyneux Street, where they lived at 69 in 1901 and 20 Frances Street where they lived in the 1870s and 80s. In between they lived at 3 Alma Street Ardwick. All these addresses are no more, as is St Saviours’s where they married! I have visited and photgraphed all of them as they are now.

    Comment by Roger Nash
    Sunday 4 January 2015 @ 10:54 am

  79. Thanks for all your efforts – it is a great site; interesting, informative, and fun. My g g grandparents lived at 35 Higher Temple Street in 1861, and you have been very helpful in helping me make the link between them (my gggm lived in Ardwick!).

    Thanks again (from New Zealand)

    Comment by Mike Pownall
    Wednesday 7 January 2015 @ 4:31 am

  81. I have just discovered this website.
    I noticed that back in 2010, Sarah was trying to find out information about February Street. My Mum used to live on February Street (the Gildea family). She has been telling me that the house they lived in got bombed during WW2. The family had to move to nearby Richmond Grove. Sadly she has no pictures of the Street.

    Also back in 2010, GS put a picture on this page, he thought might be January Street. These houses were actually on nearby Lorne Street. I used one of these houses as an office, while working at the hospital in the mid 1980’s

    Comment by Jenks
    Saturday 21 February 2015 @ 1:09 pm

  83. My Mom and her three sisters lived at 69 Cottenham St from 1944 to 1959. Before That they lived on Caygill Street.The four girls were Doreen, Norah, Thelma and Eveline Davern. There is only a small section of Cottenham St still there off of Upper Brook Street. I have visited the area twice with my mother and had a pint at the Mawson. It really is one of the few buildings in the area that was left standing. I will need to share your website with my mom. Reading the names of all the old streets that I’ve heard her mention to her sisters made for a great read.

    Comment by Daniel Murray
    Sunday 15 March 2015 @ 8:18 pm

  85. Great site. Thank you all contributors. I amresearchingmy family history. My father’s family was named Jackson and they lived in the CoM area from the mid (. Or earlier) 1800’s. They lived on Temple Street, Melbourne Street, Croft Street. I had an auntie, Martha Hatton who lived on Rutland Street and another auntie, Janie Gresty who lived on Temple Street. Does anybody re beer these? My grandfather, Thomas Jackson, lived on Temple Street, opposite the Sherwood pub, but earlier he lived on Till Street, which I cannot locate, can anybody help?

    Comment by Paul
    Sunday 13 September 2015 @ 7:27 pm

  87. I agree, it’s a very interesting site. I too have just found out that my father John Rutledge was born on Temple Street back in 1925. Apparently his father, also John, was a bacon roller. Does anyone remember the name or have any photos of the area?

    Comment by Cathy
    Friday 18 September 2015 @ 4:25 am

  89. I found this site, whilst looking up my husbands grandfathers birth, he was born in Hulme in 1878 the address they lived at was Rutland Street and his father worked with the War Horses, do you know where the War Horses were kept.

    Comment by linda
    Monday 1 February 2016 @ 1:40 pm

  91. does anyone remember the evans family that lived in vicinity of Manchester royal infirmary 1950s eg upper brooke st, grafton st hathersage, anywhere close by. james(Jeffrey)evans and victor evans were 2 of 11 brothers but emigrated to oz 1959/60, and does anyone remember ANNIE (silvanovitch)who sang at the grafton arms and also took part in other street activities. your older relatives might know of them. in 1969 a woman called edith Farrell from the area reported annie’s death after finding her dead in her flat on upper brooke st. annie was my mum, but I never knew her till 4 weeks before she died.if any of the above are still living please give me a nudge.

    Comment by silvanovitch/evans
    Wednesday 24 February 2016 @ 1:06 pm

  93. Just found on the 1901 census that my grandmother lived in a Rescue home on Cambridge street. Does anybody have any information about this institution? I would be very grateful for any details. Just come across this site, great.

    Comment by anne
    Sunday 27 March 2016 @ 8:14 pm

  95. Just found on the 1901 census that my grandmother was living in a Rescue Home on Cambridge st,Chorlton on Medlock. Does anyone have any information about this institution?.

    Comment by anne
    Sunday 27 March 2016 @ 8:22 pm


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