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Gorton Workhouse by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 21-May-2014
I am trying to confirm a story I have read that there was once a Workhouse in the Gorton or West Gorton area of Manchester, around the 1830's I believe.
The problem I have is that I have been unable to confirm that this information is correct despite looking in a lot of reference books.
As you know, these Workhouses were often huge buildings, built to accomodate hundreds of unfortunate inmates, ... more >>
  
  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 21-May-2014
    Well John I can definitely confirm it existed, because I used to live with my family when young in the attendants houses, long after they had gone of course.On wellington street gorton there was a drapers shop, and next to the drapers was a largish sort of old house, the house had been part of the the sleeping quarters of the inmates, who I was told were mainly women and children,and next door to... more >>

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 21-May-2014
    The drapers was called coynes.Sylvia

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 21-May-2014
    John, there were at least two workhouses in the Gorton area but I don't know which period.
    One was at 8 Burtinshaw St, and the other was 42 Jackson St, Abbey Hey. Think these might be later than 1830.

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 22-May-2014
    Just been looking at a map on the back page of
    'Childhood memories of Gorton in the 1920's' by Harry Chadwick, very interesting text and photos.
    On Cross Lane between Wellington Street and Chapman Street is a chapel which may or may not still be there! My Grandparents were the caretakers at that chapel for several years before moving to the Church Lane area. My mother.born 1905, used to tell tal... more >>

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 23-May-2014
    That is a coincidence Jim. John Holmes and myself were standing on that bridge yesterday looking down at Gore Brooke as it made its way into sunny Brow Park. We also located Gorton Brook (Blackie Brook) which was also called Corn Brook. We found it in a position behind where Arrowsmiths shop once stood and the brook disappears into a culvert under Pottery Lane and guess what? Even without any indu... more >>

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 23-May-2014
    Good to hear from you two doing the 'rounds' of the old sights. Do you by any chance know the history of that bridge and its name, ie. 'Maiden's Bridge'. Never heard of it until I looked at this map. My Grandad used to have an allotment down Far Lane.
    According to this map, Gore Brook ran through Tan Yard Brow to ----where-ever!
    Hopeing to be up in Romiley sometime in August, no fixed dates as y... more >>

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 23-May-2014
    Gore Brook does indeed run through Tan Yard Brow Jim and right past the Vale Cottage pub where we had lunch. It is the run off from the Debdale reservoirs and is nice and clean. After Sunny Brow Park I think it goes underground. It is said that Maidens Bridge was so called because it allowed the ladies to cross the brook without having to raise their skirts on the ford and exposing their legs. Spo... more >>

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 24-May-2014
    The brook does go underground and comes out again at the other side of what was the coal yard near the old monkey bridge. It goes
    underground again and reappears at the other end of Annie lee Playing fields on Mount road.
    Brookfield church cemetery was in a bad state in the early 1960s, I remember there being very little in the way of church funds to
    maintain it and Manchester Council were no... more >>

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 24-May-2014
    Sorry it wasn't a coal yard, it was the council yard on Knutsford road my mother used to buy coke from there in the 50s to burn on the fire. Theres a different use for coke these days.

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-May-2014
    To Sylvia, thank you so much for all that information.
    I had no idea that there was this premises off Wellington Street and it sounds fascinating.
    I intend to copy what you have written and really study it carefully, you have given me an awful lot to research, thank you so much.

    To Jim, Bill is spot on about Maidens Bridge getting it's name from those shy Gorton Ladies many years ago, I read... more >>

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-May-2014
    On my way home from meeting Bill and Tony, I found the original stone tablet that marks the old boundary between Ardwick and Gorton.
    It is set in brickwork on Hyde Road between Toll Bar Street and the Fenian Arches viaduct, and is crumbling and weathered and almost illegible due to years of neglect.
    If you look carefully, you can still make out the script, which reads "Townships of Gorton - Ardw... more >>

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-May-2014
    To Kate and Dave, many thanks to you too for your information, I will make sure I research this and post any results on here, thanks again.
    John H.

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 25-May-2014
    Hello Mary, hope you are well, we old ones have to keep an eye on these youngsters,so just a little message to be sure you are well, Sylvia x

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by John Brian Hughes (Member 10271461) on 27-May-2014
    This isn't "workhouse" related, however posts here are quit recent. Can anyone remember the Lillyman family, lived at 5 Pollitt Street, also the Henderson family,Ainsdale Street, Em, husband Will, daughters Marjory & Audrey. I am trying to find Audrey,(widowed) cant recall her married name, can anyone help please?

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Jun-2014
    John,

    Approximately what year did Audrey Henderson marry?

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 4-Jun-2014
    Message for John Brian HUGHES:
    According to the Births, Marriages and Deaths Records held at the National Archive, Kew, London, it appears there have only been four recent marriages of a person names Audrey Henderson:
    1973 - Audrey A Henderson married Ronald K DEVENPORT at Manchester (Reference 10e/494)
    1954 - Audrey Henderson married Terence A BURROWS at Manchester (Reference 10e/555)
    1991 - ... more >>

  • Re: Gorton Workhouse by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Jul-2014
    I replied to John Brian HUGHES about seven weeks ago, has anybody hear from him since please?

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What I'm going to do tomorrow by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 16-May-2014
Thinking of going for a swim followed by roller skating at the local sports centre.   
  • Re: What I'm going to do tomorrow by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 18-May-2014
    Well Kate as a one off special offer to go with the yoga lessons.I am offering free swimming classes for all ages and abilities, in my own private pool. All you need is your air fare from manchester to alicante.love Sylvia x

  • Re: What I'm going to do tomorrow by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 19-May-2014
    Sounds like a good idea Sylvia, I'm all for it. We could even have our 'Gorton re-union' at your place?
    Just tell us which time is best for you!

  • Re: What I'm going to do tomorrow by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 21-May-2014
    wander around in the fog if its anything like today !!!

  • Re: What I'm going to do tomorrow by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 21-May-2014
    Well Jim, I can promise no fog, but lots of sunshine,and whatever you want to drink and good food,it's just the drawback of being so far away, but maybe you could offer trips under the channel on your bike, we may be able to bring a new experience to gorton reunions, what do you think .Sylvia.

  • Re: What I'm going to do tomorrow by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 22-May-2014
    Sylvia, whats this, no fog and lots of sunshine !! If we could find our way to the station we'd be on our way in a flash, carn't even see the gate at the minute, its supposed to clear later!
    Thanks and all the best, enjoy the sun! Jim.

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Nice Weather by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 16-May-2014
Been out on me bike today   
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Nice Day. by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 16-May-2014
Nice day here near sunny Southport. ( just to get the advert going down the page ).   
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Yoga class in Gorton by Brendan (Member 10293063) on 14-May-2014
Hi, I recently started a new Yoga Class in Gorton on Tuesday evenings, be great to see some of you there, here are the details.

General Yoga Class, Tuesday evenings 7pm to 8.30pm (starting Tuesday 6th May) St Philip's Church Hall, Brookhurst Rd, Gorton, Manchester, M18 8UQ.

Cost is £5 per lesson. This is a general Hatha Yoga class, mixed ability, incorporating vinyasa flow sequences, stea... more >>
  
  • Re: Yoga class in Gorton by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 15-May-2014
    Thanks for the info but, i think the majority of people who watch and contribute to this site live many many miles away these days and it is
    unlikely that many will want to travel for your yoga class. Thanks anyway, but i think you will find your advertising will be more
    successful elsewhere.

  • Re: Yoga class in Gorton by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 15-May-2014
    We haven't had the "Pets Advice" advert on here for ages. They offered prizes.

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D-DAY. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 3-May-2014
Heres one for the older Gorton folks. Almost 70 years since the D-Day landings--- any memories ?
For me it was a bit of a mystery, suddenly, all the uncles I hadn't seen for ages were back on the home front and visiting . This must have been just about 70 years ago, almost to the day.
Of course, this was their final leave before the invasion. They all came through it OK . I can still remember th... more >>
  
  • Re: D-DAY. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 5-May-2014
    Good on you Jim for keeping the memory alive, of those brave men, never should they be forgotten. I was 6 when I tried my gas mask on, and 12 when it all ended, I was asked by an American relative of mine, what was the war like? and were us kids scared, well I think the adults were more scared, us kids took it as normal at my young age, I for one couldn't remember the before war, I didn't know the... more >>

  • Re: D-DAY. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 7-May-2014
    Hi Mary, many thanks for your reply, I hope you are keeping well.
    As you say Mary, that particular time was a bit of a mystery to us kids, we knew something was 'wrong' as we reached 4 or 5 years of age as spending nights in shelters was not 'normal'. You are quite right to say the fear was in 'the air', nobody said it but as kids, we could feel it ! An experiance but one we could well have done ... more >>

  • Re: D-DAY. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 8-May-2014
    Nice of you to put my remarks in your memory box Jim.. Thanks.. Were you evacuated Jim? The whole school "The Sacred Heart, Gorton. went , and I was with them , to Poynton, That alone makes interesting reading.

  • Re: D-DAY. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 10-May-2014
    Hello Mary, no, I was not evacuated. I believe that my mother turned down the idea as did the parents of my two close mates. We had many nights in the shelters during the 'blitz' period. Where abouts on Poynton were you moved to, I have worked around that area many times, I may know the location, did you ever re-visit later in life ?
    Pat and I are off to visit our daughter near York tomorrow so i... more >>

  • Re: D-DAY. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 10-May-2014
    I was in Higher Poynton Jim, in a lovely bungalow in Lostock Hall Road, I was only 6 but I had my twin for company, then later we went with friends evacuated in Brown edge Staffordshire. At the age of 9 I came from a big family so expect mum was glad of a rest from a couple of us, we have a lot of memories to look back on, but i am the one who has a good memory, and at 81 I still jog my twins memory about the past.

  • Re: D-DAY. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 10-May-2014
    Meant to say hope you and Pat have a good holiday, I'm off to Landzarote on the 19th for a week, feeling rather guilty as it is the first holiday after 60 odd years without my husband there, but been through hell these last four years, so everyone is telling me to enjoy.

  • Re: D-DAY. by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 10-May-2014
    Hi Mary, nice to hear from you again,don't feel guilty,you did what was best for your husband all your lives together, and nothing can change that, so go to lanzarote and enjoy the the absolutely fabulous weather there at the moment, and plan next years holiday, you never know we may even come across each other in Spain, stranger things have happened. Sylvia x

  • Re: D-DAY. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 10-May-2014
    Thanks Sylvia,Things not going too well at the moment, but something has to keep me going keep thinking he is as lonely as me, but dementia doesn't work like that (I Hope )

  • Re: D-DAY. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 12-May-2014
    Morning Everyone,
    I just missed the war years (born 1947) and luckily lost no relatives in World War Two.
    However, having researched my Family Tree, I discovered that I lost a Great-Uncle on the Somme in 1917, and what saddened me the most was that nobody in the family mentioned it, and I remained in the dark until 1999.
    I learned that his wife was pregnant when he left for France and he never ... more >>

  • Re: D-DAY. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 12-May-2014
    Hi Mary, nice to hear from you, and I hope you are as well as can be expected.
    John. xx.

  • Re: D-DAY. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 20-May-2014
    Hello Mary, we were travelling on the same day as far as I can see. We were on our way back from Dunoon and you were off on a well deserved holiday in the sun....enjoy!
    Checked my past diaries and I have actually worked on Lostok Road in the distant past, the 'really'distant past! We have really enjoyed our eight days away seeing family and enjoying the scenery of north Yorkshire, good food and a... more >>

  • Re: D-DAY. by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 25-Jul-2014
    I was only 2 when the war started so don't recall a lot of it,my brother and sister were evacuated to Siddington on a farm and they loved itI was too young to go without my Mother,I remember my other brother who was in the Navy and was in the Battle of Crete 1941 his Ship ,HMSFiji being blown up ,he was lucky to be one of the survivors. He was pick up by the HMS Kandahar and taken to hospital in... more >>

  • Re: D-DAY. by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 25-Jul-2014
    I was six when war broke out, was evacuated with my school "The Sacred Heart," Gorton, we only went to Higher Poynton but I thought I had gone to the other side of the world at that tender age

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Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by Lisa Beresford (Member 10292350) on 30-Apr-2014
Hi all. I have with interest read some stories regarding Joe and Carmel Murphy who had the Travellers Call on Hyde Rd. My dad is Michael McDermott who lived there with them. They were his aunt and uncle. My brother and I spent many happy times in there and grew up with Carmel as our Nana. I remember some good characters especially Fizzer (Tony Fitzgerald) who I was told lived in a bear barrel in... more >>   
  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-Apr-2014
    I have very many happy childhood memories of Joe and Carmel at the Travs Lisa. It was our dads No 1 local and he had many. He took me in when I was a nipper and Joe put me in their parlour and kept me supplied with pop and crisps. A pub so full of characters the like of which will never be seen again. Did you meet John Thaw actor who lived across Hyde Road with his grandad and gran. Even when he w... more >>

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by Lisa Beresford (Member 10292350) on 30-Apr-2014
    Hi. Thanks for your reply. Yes, my dad talked often about John Thaw coming in the pub but for some reason Im sure he said they were his Aunty and Uncle! He said he was very theatrical at the time, i.e always wore a cravat. Ill check with him. :)

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by Stuart parsonage (Member 10291244) on 1-May-2014
    Hi William, just for information.. I lived in Nut Street from 1946 until 1957 and have no knowledge of John Thaw living in Nut Street.

    In an article on BelleVue prison on the internet it states John Thaw lived in Stowell Street

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-May-2014
    Yes John Thaw did live in Stowell Street, I lived there too and remember it well. the gable end of my home in Forbes Street was in Stowell Street.

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 1-May-2014
    I stand corrected and I thank you both for your participation. Hope you are well Mary, Still thinking of you.

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 1-May-2014
    And still thinking of Vicky Sherry.

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-May-2014
    Was that her name William? Sherry, Guess she was sweeter than wine to you,

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 3-May-2014
    Thanks Lisa Beresford for correct info on Joe & Carmel Murphy. I was sure they were both at my wedding, but maybe it was just Carmel. I'm William's younger sister and we are eager to know if Michael recalls our Dad Stan, and any funny stories from those days. Michael will be older than us, hope he is well and his memory is intact - we love the old stories.. Our Mum Win is still alive & well and... more >>

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by Lisa Beresford (Member 10292350) on 7-May-2014
    Hi Linda. My dad does remember you mum and dad and your brother Billy. He said your dad was a good friend of Bernard O'Connor and they were like a double act. Not only does he remember some funny stories about your dad he could write a book on them. He also remembers the stories your dad told him from when he was a prisoner of war but the ones about the Travellers you probably couldn't print! ... more >>

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by Lisa Beresford (Member 10292350) on 7-May-2014
    P.s. My dad thinks John Thaw lived on Nut Street!

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by Lisa Beresford (Member 10292350) on 7-May-2014
    P.s. My dad thinks John Thaw lived on Nut Street!

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 7-May-2014
    I remember Bernard, Lisa. Dad took me in the Travs many an afternoon and when the conversation turned fruity I was relegated to the Murphy's living room with lots of pop and crisps. One day they put me in the slammer and Bernard was fast asleep in an armchair, pissed out of his skull. They had painted a mustache and glasses on him with eyeshadow and when he woke up he couldn't understand why everyone was laughing.

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 7-May-2014
    Ask your dad if he remembers Joe and Win Vernon who lived in Nut Street. They were very close friends of our parents and regulars in the Travs.

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 12-May-2014
    Hi Everyone,
    I had two aunts living on the Prison Ground before the houses there were demolished.
    One lived at 60 Wren Street and the other in Stowell Street.
    My aunt always told me that John Thaw lived with his Grandad in Stowell Street, but his early life is always a bit of a mystery, especially the exact location of where he was born - (West Gorton or Longsight) and the only way to resolve t... more >>

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 13-May-2014
    Hi Lisa, not been on here for a few days. its great that your Dad remembers our Dad (Stan Briggs) so well, would love to hear some of his tales. Are you on Facebook Lisa? Is the Bernard you & Bill are discussing, Bernard Connor the bookie. If so our Dad was really good mates with him and his brother (Ken Connor - another bookie). Finally, was Michael related to Carmel or Joe, we cant remember.

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by Lisa Beresford (Member 10292350) on 30-May-2014
    Hi Linda. Sorry, not been on a few days myself. Yes it is Bernard the Bookie but my dad thought his second name was O'Connor. My dad was related to Carmel. He was Carmels brothers son.

  • Re: Re:The Travellers Call Hyde Road West Gorton by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-May-2014
    Lisa. I am dying to hear some of your dads Travelers tales. That pub was full of characters. Please share. Billy.

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Patricia Caine by Jeepster (Member 10187810) on 29-Apr-2014
Don't know if anyone can help. I'm trying to trace Patricia Caine - sorry Trish - don't know your married name. I found our your mum passed away a good few years ago now and I wanted to get in touch. If anyone knows Patricia - she used to live in Sheffield Street, Gorton back in the days of slum clearance or ethnic cleansing as I prefer to call it as they destroyed loving communities in the early 1970's lol   
  • Re: Patricia Caine by Jeepster (Member 10187810) on 29-Apr-2014
    I should have said - my name is Barrie Wilkinson

  • Re: Patricia Caine by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 29-Apr-2014
    Sorry mate, I have no knowledge of her, good luck.

  • Re: Patricia Caine by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 2-May-2014
    Hi Jeepster,

    Possibly Diane, Benji and the Emporer of Lancashire might be able to help you. They were discussing this street in 2006.

  • Re: Patricia Caine by Jeepster (Member 10187810) on 7-May-2014
    Thank you - do you know how I might find these guys to contact them?

  • Re: Patricia Caine by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 7-May-2014
    I think you might find them on some of the seedier notice boards like Soho and many more besides.
    Beware though if you are of a sensitive nature, their contributions can be pretty lurid.

  • Re: Patricia Caine by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 7-May-2014
    And distasteful.

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St George's Day by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Apr-2014
Hope you Brits have your flags up today. I've put 3 St Georges Cross flags up at the front and the back of my house - cant see any others around. I dont understand why, they all do it for the footie dont they. Is footie more important? This is not right.   
  • Re: St George's Day by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 23-Apr-2014
    Quite agree Lynda.
    Mine hangs from the fence at the front of my house, only one other in the area, disgraceful.

  • Re: St George's Day by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 23-Apr-2014
    No wonder the cattle are all over the place, if there is only two fences....in the whole area. :)

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Back again. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 21-Apr-2014
Hello folks, back again, been cruising on the roads of west Scotland --Oban, Ullapool and all points north. Lots of rain and mist but still the scenery is wondeful. Had some glorious days though, temperatures of 20C.,a couple of days ago plus a beach of white sand 2 miles long and only us two there! Met some nice people who were early tourists, one from Salford and one who was ex-Denton but now r... more >>   
  • Re: Back again. by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 21-Apr-2014
    Nice to hear from you Jim. I love Oban from my motorbike tours. It is a fair old drive from the top right hand corner for you but the scenery is stunning.

  • Re: Back again. by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Apr-2014
    Hello Jim, wondered where you were - nice to get out & about isnt it - just gets a bit harder as we get older. We're off to Skiathos in May before I have surgery so it'll be a relaxing hol for me. Take care up there you 2.

  • Re: Back again. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 24-Apr-2014
    Billy, started our trip from a mates place in Dunoon then up to Oban and all points north then east, a good trip, quiet and good roads and, as you say, amazing scenery. City traffic puts the wind up me these days, well out of practise, I avoid it.
    Lynda, good to hear from you, have a great holiday, hope the surgery is not a big job, we are visiting York during May, never been so its a first for m... more >>

  • Re: Back again. by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Apr-2014
    Enjoy your trip to York Jim. The museum at York Minster is a must. And the Railway museum.

  • Re: Back again. by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Apr-2014
    Hi Jim, We love York, went last Summer for a few days during a heatwave. Museum Gardens, just up from railway station, are lovely, great to relax and watch the squirrels, great for photos especially the Abbey ruins. If you go to Cliffords Tower, theres a lovely restaurant opposite called Rustique and another called The Olive Tree, both great in the evening. Betty's Tea Rooms are a blast from th... more >>

  • Re: Back again. by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 25-Apr-2014
    If you have any life left in your legs Jim have a go at walking the city walls.

  • Re: Back again. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 28-Apr-2014
    Every Gortonian should visit the Railway Museum when in York.
    There is a large locomotive built at Beyer, Peacocks' Gorton Foundry and a small narrow-guage engine built by apprentices to haul steel around the Gorton works.
    The record-breaking "Mallard" and a lovely replica of Stephenson's "Rocket" are an added bonus, and it's all free of charges too.

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Reunion by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 21-Apr-2014
There was an article in Saturday's Evening News about a reunion for Peacock St. and St James pupils at the Lord Nelson on June 8th. at 12.00 noon. I know quite a few people on here didn't go to either of those schools, but there will be a lot of people from Gorton there. Perhaps we could use it as a reunion for us on M18? I haven't seen it on Facebook.   
  • Re: Reunion by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Apr-2014
    Hi Anne,
    I'm up for that.
    It looks like it would be a mixture of schools, however all from the West Gorton/Gorton area.
    Never quite sure about The Nelson though, but it's changed hands and the food is supposed to be good.
    Someone on here may well be familiar with it, but count me in if it's on the cards.
    John.x.

  • Re: Reunion by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 22-Apr-2014
    Hi John, thanks for replying. Anyone else up for it?

  • Re: Reunion by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Apr-2014
    Sorry Anne not me at this time, I have a mini reunion on 4th June with my schoolgirl chums.

  • Re: Reunion by dave hodkinson (Member 10266434) on 26-Apr-2014
    Hi everyone , working on the 8th but will be there at 4ish, ex Peacock St Ryder Brow cica 1954-1965. Hope Jeff Goldthorpe is in attendance.
    all the best
    Dave

  • Re: Reunion by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 26-Apr-2014
    Hope his brother Stephen, can come we were mates....A long time ago...:)

  • Re: Reunion by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Apr-2014
    Jeff Goldthorpe, the memory man. I couldn't believe it when I met him in The Waggon. He talked me from one end of Clowes Street to the other and named every business and lots of the residents from the 60s. Someone should Interview Jeff on film and archive his memories. A true Gorton Character.

  • Re: Reunion by dave hodkinson (Member 10266434) on 27-Apr-2014
    Hi, I've not seen Stephen since ?????? 1962 ? hope he does show up, I used to live opposite them in Whittaker St and Jeff was my best mate at the Tender age of 6yrs on. Attended the same schools etc. Looking forward to meeting you all.

  • Re: Reunion by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 30-Apr-2014
    Hi all Just read the message about the reunion June 8th 12 noon Sunday it a good a time as any to put a face to the names that appear regular on the local Gorton Message boards So with that in mind I think I will be attending to meet and greet some of you ex Gortonion nice people....... so as they say on Britains got Talent ....That's a YES from me

  • Re: Reunion by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 1-May-2014
    I am very envious of all you old gortonians who will be able to go to the latest reunion, that's one of the faults of living in Spain, it's nearly 2000 miles away from gorton. I will be thinking of you all and hope you have a good day, and hopefully body will pass on my good wishes as I won't be able to be there in person Sylvia x

  • Re: Reunion by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 1-May-2014
    That should read BODZY not body oops sorry

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SUNNY SPAIN by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 19-Apr-2014
Sylvia Morgan & Ken Frost - it seems you are both living in Spain (lucky beggars), are you anywhere near each other? Ken, I recall you said you moved from Torrox last year. We often stay at Nerja, east of Malaga. Where are you now Ken? and where are you Sylvia?   
  • Re: SUNNY SPAIN by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 19-Apr-2014
    Hi Lynda,I live in a beautiful part of Spain in the province of murcia,which is about 2 hours south of alicante, it's not very touristy except for the Spanish. It has got a beautiful marina with gorgeous boats and yachts,I live in a town called mazarron, a typical spanish town with very friendly people.most of the English tomatoes come from here, it's a mainly agricultural area. It has beautiful b... more >>

  • Re: SUNNY SPAIN by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 19-Apr-2014
    Should have said most of the tomatoes we get in England come from here

  • Re: SUNNY SPAIN by Ken Frost (Member 10254048) on 20-Apr-2014
    Temperature this morning at0830 is 26oc we moved back to Torrox quite near Nerja at a place called Penoncillo. Since moving to Spain we sold our house and now rent it is not expensive and we find it more convenient since my wife is like a nomad and likes to move freqyently.
    Our home is in a block of apartments called Miramar it has 4 beds and is the penthouse.
    As we live on my pensions we find ... more >>

  • Re: SUNNY SPAIN by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 20-Apr-2014
    Hi Sylvia & Ken, you're both in a great part of the world and nice & sunny. I see Sylvia is way past Nerja and you are quite close. We often eat at Avalon between Nerja & Torrox, surely you will know that restaurant/hotel Ken. We stay at Capistrano at my cousins house. We havent been to the beach at Penoncillo - always seem to drive along that road straight into Torrox Costa - is it worth a stop... more >>

  • Re: SUNNY SPAIN by Ken Frost (Member 10254048) on 21-Apr-2014
    I know Avalon and Capistrano well my friend was a waitress at Avalon several years ago. the beach is not too bad but the promenade has lots of shops and bars. Well worth a visit park near the del Faro (Lighthouse) and walk down to the RUI hotel. We have several stores here Aldi,Lidl, Supersol, Mercadonna and Eroski plus an English Shop Russells.if you come over again give us a ring my mobile is 658198990.
    ken

  • Re: SUNNY SPAIN by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Apr-2014
    Thanks Ken, were not sure when we're coming back as Im due surgery in the summer, but if we do it will probably be September. We do like to get around though, Lake Vinuela, Frigliana, Mijas, Competa, and the other way to Almunecar & Granada. If you know any other good spots to visit, please let me know, we'll add them to our itinerary. Cheers.

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Easter by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 17-Apr-2014
What did you do at easter as a kid ?. Our easter was pretty much the same as any other weekend, on occasion we got some chocolate
eggs but i don't remember it being every year. These days its moved on to a roast turkey lunch ( where did that come from ? ).
I recall we went to Daisy Nook fair as a treat once, and another time to Belle Vue but that was about it .
I don't have any religious pers... more >>
  
  • Re: Easter by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 17-Apr-2014
    I remember going to the fish shop Friday morning for fresh fish, Good Friday was the only Friday of the year that my mother insisted we had fish and no meat, we were not Catholics but it was a rule that was never broken, I never understood why. Her word was law and that was enough, but I still find it strange.Sylvia x

  • Re: Easter by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 17-Apr-2014
    Looked forward to Easter time every year because it was my Birthday, but in my younger days everyone was hard up and I very often had to share a card between my twin and me, oh well I,m a sharer these days, so it did me some good, especially as my other sister has a birthday the day after mine, so no guesses as to who has an expensive time giving on their birthday these days

  • Re: Easter by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 18-Apr-2014
    Have a Peaceful and Happy Easter to all.

  • Re: Easter by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 22-Apr-2014
    Easter on Clowes Street meant a single Easter Egg apiece for me and our kid, usually filled with Smarties in a little plastic bag.
    Mother was brought up a Catholic and Dad a Protestant, and though Mother always wanted us to eat fish on Good Friday, we finished up with Dad's favourite - Cowboy's Dinner - bacon, beans fried bread and Dandelion and Burdock.

  • Re: Easter by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Apr-2014
    I think we were a bit spoilt, we had many Easter eggs from Aunties, Grans, and Dads mates, lined up on a cupboard, we'd eat them for breakfast just to get thru them. Poor you John, you should have popped round our for a share of em. And we always went for fresh fish on Good Friday (usually plaice), to a corner fishmonger shop on Hyde Road near Margaret Street, cant recall the name of it just now. Mary will know it.

  • Re: Easter by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 23-Apr-2014
    Len Chaplo Lynda on Savoy Street corner (Think I've spelt his name wrong though ) xx

  • Re: Easter by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Apr-2014
    Thats it Mary - Chappelows Fishmongers, thanks.

  • Re: Easter by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 23-Apr-2014
    I was really out with my spelling, and knew he wasn't Italian, like I made him sound x

  • Re: Easter by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 23-Apr-2014
    Mary, I recently saw a photo of Chappelows on Manchester Images, I think thats where I saw it. Thats when I recalled the 'Fish on Friday' routine.

  • Re: Easter by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 24-Apr-2014
    Does anyone remember whit week,one of the few times of year when you had a full outfit of new clothes,and you used to go and show your close neighbours how nice you looked, and if you were lucky they gave you a penny, which they almost certainly did,then you were either in the whit walks or you went and watched them.they were such innocent days.sylvia x

  • Re: Easter by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Apr-2014
    Are you on Facebook Sylvia? Weve been chatting about Whit Week and putting our photos on Facebook 'Gorton M18' - had a real laugh, little boys looking like small men and the lasses looking like brides.

  • Re: Easter by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 25-Apr-2014
    Hi Lynda, no I am not on Facebook, and have no idea how to join, I am not really very computer literate, and just stumble along on knowhere. My daughter is coming in June, so I will ask her to assist me with quite a lot of things I have not got to grips with yet.Sylvia x

  • Re: Easter by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 3-May-2014
    Hi ,Sylvia,how are you still waiting for that letter you promised me,did Ken Frost go to Old hall Drive School ?

  • Re: Easter by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 3-May-2014
    Hi Lou, I have not forgotten you, I promise I will write next week,I don't know if ken frost went to old hall drive, I did not know him, but I think he is younger than us.are you going to the reunion at the Nelson , I would love to go but it's a bit too far to go for a day out, if you do go take some photos, and send them to me, love Sylvia xx

  • Re: Easter by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 4-May-2014
    No i will try to make it to the reunions one day,but not going to this one.xx

  • Re: Easter by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 12-May-2014
    When is the reunion for Peacock street school and is it at The Lord Nelson :-)

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Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 11-Apr-2014
Hate to see this happening to this wonderful site. Say hello or tell me to piss off but silence is not golden on here.
Your pal billy.
  
  • Re: Anyone out there? by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 11-Apr-2014
    Hi Bill, just a quick hello before early night, have been DIY'ing all day and didn't sleep well last night, so getting my head down.
    Have a great weekend mate, give my best to Mrs B if you get the chance?
    Cheers Buddy.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 11-Apr-2014
    Feeling your age eh John. I will be with Mummy B tomorrow and will give her your regards. Cheers.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 12-Apr-2014
    Hi Bill. It is a shame that this site seems to be losing out to Gorton M18. Please come back to this site everyone. I know you can post photos on M18, buts that's not everything. The chat's better on here.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 12-Apr-2014
    Hello there billy, I certainly won't tell you to piss off, I enjoy your banter too much to do that,but sometimes I get a bit stuck to find something interesting to say, anyway here goes.in Spain Easter is a much more important celebration than Christmas, there are fiestas everywhere, but to be honest it's a bit of a pain in the arse, because all the shops are closed and each fiesta has it's own me... more >>

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 12-Apr-2014
    Hi everyone, just thought I'de say it , to keep the messages flowing, and it's my birthday to day , so I'm off for a nice meal, and not feeling so lonely x

  • Re: Anyone out there? by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 12-Apr-2014
    Best wishes to you on this special day, enjoy it and may you have many more.x

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Ken Frost (Member 10254048) on 12-Apr-2014
    was it something I said, been reading the same things over the past two weeks. It gets lonely in Spain with no proper people to talk to
    Ken frost

  • Re: Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 12-Apr-2014
    Happy birthday Mary. Raise a glass for me.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 12-Apr-2014
    Today I met an old pal from West Gorton. His name is Tony McMunn and and we grew up together. We were in the same class at Tomas Street School and we had many adventures. Then when we were 13-14 they emigrated to Blackpool and that was the end of that. His mum and dad ran the corner shop on Robert Street and Tony was one of the original tank back kids.
    Our next mission is a pilgrimage to the tank... more >>

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 12-Apr-2014
    Mary, are you o.k you were feeling a bit under the weather,I am really missing your beautiful poetry, and your chat, let us know if you are alright .love Sylvia.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 12-Apr-2014
    Sorry Mary, I missed all the replies , put it downtown old age! Happy birthday sylvia

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Apr-2014
    Thanks everyone for birthday messages to me, here and on FB hope everyone has a nice Summer, I'm looking forward to a week in Lanzarote in May x

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 13-Apr-2014
    Lovely to hear you are ok Mary, the weather where I live is beautiful at the moment, it would do Alan's arthritis a world of good, but while you are looking forward to a week in lanzarote, I can't wait for my two weeks in Prestatyn, for a bit of rain and cool air, we are never satisfied with what we have, and look forward to something different , and can always guarantee some rain in Wales if not in Spain. Sylvia

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Apr-2014
    I was only saying the same to my son Paul, he longs to live in Florida, for the hot all round the year weather, but many a time on holiday I've longed for the cooling rain of home, but I love Spain your so lucky living there, enjoy your holiday in Wales, it is lovely there too xx

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Apr-2014
    I have bad Arthritas in my knees and spine Sylvia, can't walk or stand for long, that is the thing that shows my age, hope some sun helps me

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 13-Apr-2014
    Hi Mary it's me again, I'm sure the heat will do your arthritis good, I too have it in my spine knees and hips, and can't stand for long or walk far, but there is a definite improvement when I am here in Spain, I am more mobile and able to manage better than when I am in wales, after a week in wales I am almost totally immobile, and it takes me a while to get back to normal once I get back here, ... more >>

  • Re: Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 13-Apr-2014
    I suffer terribly with cystitis in Blackpool but it hardly bothers me in Lytham St Annes.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Apr-2014
    Do you live in St Annes William? My relatives are in Cleveleys, Fleetwood and Thornton.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Apr-2014
    Don,t know what treatment I can get Sylvia, but my family are pestering me to get something done, the pain is so bad when I'm walking far.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 13-Apr-2014
    Happy Belated Birthday greetings Mary, hope you had a lovely day, and Hi to Sylvia in Spain. I was away all weekend on a mini reunion with big bro William and our old friend from the 50's and early 60's, Tony. What a lovely man he is - and guess what girls he was a FIREMAN, not just any old fireman, but a Fire Chief. After 54 years we have vowed to meet up often, all the old photos came out, b... more >>

  • Re: Anyone out there? by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 14-Apr-2014
    Here's something to ponder:
    During the month of August 2014, you will experience something that only occurs once every 823 years, in other words, don't hang around for the next experience, and it's this:
    July 2014 will have five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays in the one month.
    The fragility of life eh folks?

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 14-Apr-2014
    Well John , that's at least 15 days that billy won't get his cystitis for the next 800 years or so, I guess some good comes of the most unexpected things cheers Sylvia.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 14-Apr-2014
    And Mary, well I think the only treatment apart from pain control, is new knees ,new hips no new spine, and a spanking new wheelchair, which is to be avoided as long as possible. I am on pain patches which vary from day to day in their efficiency, I am about to start on stronger ones .until there are no stronger ones left , and then you are back to square one. It's an unwinnable battle. So we just... more >>

  • Re: Anyone out there? by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 14-Apr-2014
    Hi Lynda, it sounds as though you had a lovely weekend. We also had a good one , it was Fred's 80th birthday so we went out with a few friends for a lovely meal, and of course wine and beer. Fred said he was just glad he reached 80 and looked forward to 81, and now looks forward to summer and the family visits. Love sylvia

  • Re: Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 14-Apr-2014
    I am banking on 100+ Sylvia. I may have to give up running marathons by then though.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 14-Apr-2014
    Thanks for the Birthday greetings Lynda,glad you enjoyed the week end. sunshine and fireman, lucky you,xx

  • Re: Anyone out there? by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 14-Apr-2014
    Mary. Our Lynda promised that she would send me the photos of that meeting but she must be too busy.

  • Re: Anyone out there? by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 15-Apr-2014
    Soz Bill, completely forgot to get them off the camera, will do it shortly.

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What's Happening on Clowes Street by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 4-Apr-2014
I was looking at Manchester City Council's Planning Appendix, Phase Two, dated 16th December 2009, which is a colour plan of the proposed redevelopment of that triangle of land bounded by Hyde Road, Bennett Street and Belle Vue Street.
The plans show lots of houses, shops, green spaces, a school and new roads, but when I visit the area, I can see that only a small area has been redeveloped, and t... more >>
  
  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 4-Apr-2014
    M.C.C. done more damage than Mr. Hitlers bombers did.!!!

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 4-Apr-2014
    And they bombed Stan Boardman's chippy too.haha

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 4-Apr-2014
    They bombed me grans sweet shop on Ordsall Lane.

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 4-Apr-2014
    It was high on Hermann Goering's list of targets.

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 4-Apr-2014
    It was bad enough when they sold belle vue to developers! It was not theirs to sell, it belonged to the people of manchester.Thats us,why weren't we consulted? I know nobody asked me.Sylvia

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 4-Apr-2014
    Nice one Sylvia......

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 5-Apr-2014
    John the land at the bottom of Bennett Street is being developed for the HS Train track that the government intend building there The whole of Rostron Ave is being pulled down to make way for this track My friend lives in Rostron Ave and has formed a neighbourhood protest group

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 5-Apr-2014
    Alan, I had absolutely no idea that the train track was in the plans, glad a group has been formed to protest about it.
    Many thanks Alan, hope you are well mate?
    John H.

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 6-Apr-2014
    not fit and well John having problems with left instep then that gets better to a point where i can walk on it and Sunday morning wake up to massive pain in right ankle so now cant walk on that one yet You know I wouldn't recommend old age to anyone

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 6-Apr-2014
    Alan, it sounds as if you are suffering from a touch of gout, which is not in the least funny, it's very very painful, if you ask your doctor for some naproxen, it helps to clear it,but the naproxen can upset your stomach, so you would need some omneprazole to protect your stomach, but it is usually a fairly efficient combination, and the relief from pain is good and I know when I have a attack of... more >>

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 6-Apr-2014
    Hi Alan, yes it does sound like Gout. Ive had similar pains, possibly gout. Hospital recommended changing my diet ie No Red Meat, No Shellfish or Oily fish (just white fish}, and cut back on sugar. Started that mid-Feb and felt loads better really fast - with no tablets. I do miss the meat but I can have chicken. Check Peter Warrender's posts on M18, he is into alternative medicine and posted l... more >>

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 7-Apr-2014
    Oh Alan, re Gout. I forgot to say NO ALCOHOL as well. The worst offender is BEER.

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 7-Apr-2014
    Alan,
    I'm sorry to hear that mate, it sounds very painful and I can imagine it's frustrating not being able to get around like you want to.
    I have trouble with my knees (too much rugby years ago) and sometimes I can't put the weight on my right knee sufficient to get into or out of the car.
    I see what you mean about old age, we don't like to accept that we are slowing down a bit, except roller-... more >>

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 7-Apr-2014
    That really is pouring pain on pain. all these aches and pains are bad enough but not being able to have a beer is just one pain too many.

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 7-Apr-2014
    Fuelled by Guiness. Skating on the black stuff.

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 7-Apr-2014
    i was tested for a possible blood clot in my left leg, but was cleared on that one probably an infection so on anti bioctics now just as that goes down i wake up Sunday morning with what I feel is tendonites in my right ankle so back to the word of pain in the other leg ....You just cant win

  • Re: What's Happening on Clowes Street by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 10-Apr-2014
    Hope your feeling better Alan?

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Info for Stuart Parsonage by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 31-Mar-2014
Stuart, I don't know if you are still interested in who was in the shop on Birch St prior to Fongs being there in the early sixties.
Went to the Central library today for a nosy round and had a look at the electoral rolls which are on microfiche.
In 1959 there was a Horace and Monica Priestley there. hope this information is of some interest to you.
  
  • Re: Info for Stuart Parsonage by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 31-Mar-2014
    I would like to hear your comments on Central Library Kate.

  • Re: Info for Stuart Parsonage by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 31-Mar-2014
    Hi William,

    I'm not much into change but after a quick look round I was quite impressed.
    Upstairs I was disappointed that where there was once mahogany tables on the perimeter there are now modern bookcases which block out much of the light.
    Glad to see that the other bookcases remain untouched and that the centre of the 1st floor also remains unchanged.
    Used to prefer the cafe in the baseme... more >>

  • Re: Info for Stuart Parsonage by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 31-Mar-2014
    I was disappointed with all the high tech on the ground floor when I arrived Kate. I knew that the theatre had gone and is now an interactive kiddies playground and the children appeared to love it. The upper floors retain some of their charm but I agree with your statement about the modern shelving. Lots of the beautiful timber paneling has gone, I wonder where.
    I joined a guided tour and once s... more >>

  • Re: Info for Stuart Parsonage by Stuart parsonage (Member 10291244) on 2-Apr-2014
    Hi Kate, Thank you for going to so much trouble for me, much appreciated. Yes the names of Horace and Monica now ring a bell. Again many thanks

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Happy Mother's Day by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 30-Mar-2014
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL MUMS.
MOTHERS hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. Remembering all our Mums, wherever they are. xxx
  
  • Re: Happy Mother's Day by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-Mar-2014
    Jewish proverb.
    God couldn't be everywhere so he created mothers.

  • Re: Happy Mother's Day by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 30-Mar-2014
    Well Lynda, what a lovely thought, to greet all mothers, I never knew you or your brother personally, I think I am older than you both, but I think I lost out by not knowing you both.I think you must have been great fun, and how that brother of yours managed to escape the clutches of some woman,I don't know.because I for one would have found him very fanciable, he is funny and intelligent, a very... more >>

  • Re: Happy Mother's Day by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 30-Mar-2014
    Thanks Sylvia, lovely words from you there. Our Mum is 91 and still helps us to remember things from our childhood in West Gorton. I dont think we did know you then, but we are getting to know you and lots of other Gortonians on this site and the F/Book one. As for my big bro Bill, yes he is very clever and talented, and has done many exciting things the average man never gets to do, even now i... more >>

  • Re: Happy Mother's Day by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 30-Mar-2014
    I was captured a few times Sylvia but I managed the great escape.

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Annoyance by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 26-Mar-2014
Forgive me for straying from the subject of Gorton but, watching the news tonight has brought me some annoyance. All this tripe
of two famous people who are splitting up saying they are "conciously uncoupling" have you ever heard the like, who do they
think they are !. We have people living and dying on our streets and families with enormous difficulties, and the media choose to make
it a m... more >>
  
  • Re: Annoyance by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2014
    Never heard of Martin and Paltrow Dave. Glad I don't watch the news.

  • Re: Annoyance by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2014
    Even happier that I never got wed. Oscar Wilde said that getting remarried was a triumph of optimism over experience. Course, he was a poof.

  • Re: Annoyance by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Mar-2014
    These "stars" live in a world where they are protected against the realities of life, where their backsides are wiped for them and where people not on their "plane" are considered a lower class, so statements like they used to describe what you and I see as being a separation is no surprise.
    Problem is, WE boost their incomes and the Press boost their ego's.
    What a load of saddo's?

  • Re: Annoyance by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 27-Mar-2014
    Publicity Stunt methinks. Chris Martin has a new CD out very soon.

  • Re: Annoyance by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 29-Mar-2014
    Hi Mary,are you feeling better?hope all is well with you and your family, it will soon be your birthday, and I'm sure all you family will gather round to make sure you enjoy it.have a lovely day, it must be great being a twin, I bet you were never lonely. Love and best wishes for the day.Sylvia

  • Re: Annoyance by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 29-Mar-2014
    Thanks Sylvia, I'm fine, yes I was never lonely which makes it all the lonier now, it was my 59 wedding Anniversary yesterday, sad it never registerd with him though,went to see him but it's never a happy visit as he can't understand why he can't just come home with me.

  • Re: Annoyance by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 29-Mar-2014
    Mary
    I have posted some old maps of West Gorton on FB.
    Have a look and see if you can locate places you have lived. Eepkay ouryay inchay upway arlingday.

  • Re: Annoyance by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 29-Mar-2014
    Mary
    If you ask one of your lads to transfer those maps to your computer picture album, you can blow them up to full screen and then zoom in and have a look round.
    Enjoy.

  • Re: Annoyance by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 29-Mar-2014
    Right Thanks

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walter and doreen CARR by daniel boardman (Member 10292220) on 26-Mar-2014
my grandfather is walter carr and hes sister is Doreen we was looking at this and he was shocked to hear about all the memories of William street and hes school anyone who remembers my granddad he would love to get in touch with use thanks   
  • Re: walter and doreen CARR by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Mar-2014
    Give us some more details of your grandad if you can?
    There are several people on this site with strong connections to the William Street, Robert Street and Spurgeon Street area and with both St Marks' and Thomas Street Schools, and somebody may well know something that will help you.
    Good luck, and regards, John H.

  • Re: walter and doreen CARR by daniel boardman (Member 10292220) on 26-Mar-2014
    my grandad is called walter went to st marks in the years of 1943-1953 if anyone from these years recognise this name get it touch please

  • Re: walter and doreen CARR by Alan Wain (Member 10242957) on 5-Apr-2014
    Hi, I used to be at school with Walter,!! was'nt he Ronnie Coghlans cousin?? ,Ivy Coghlan lives round the corner from me off Stockport Rd Denton, nr the Fletchers Arms,give him my best regards ,always used to have a laugh with Walter at school!! Great times!!

  • Re: walter and doreen CARR by daniel boardman (Member 10292220) on 29-Apr-2014
    yes my granddad knows who you are he isn't ronnies cousin but does know who Ronnie is

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Revisiting Gorton and West Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Mar-2014
I am shortly planning a trip back to Gorton and West Gorton to take some photographs, and if anyone wants me to record a building for them, just let me know on here, and I will do my best to get them for you.
Eventually I will get them back to you via email or through Facebook.
Kindest Regards,
John H.
  
  • Re: Revisiting Gorton and West Gorton by daniel boardman (Member 10292220) on 26-Mar-2014
    what's the facebook page called ?

  • Re: Revisiting Gorton and West Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Mar-2014
    Daniel,
    You may want to search for the "Gorton M18" site.
    John H.

  • Re: Revisiting Gorton and West Gorton by norma wood (Member 10289432) on 2-May-2014
    memories of Ashmore Street

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