Convenor: Christine Whitefoot, 0161 789 1178
Leader: Mark Child, 0161 478 7643
Venue and Time: We normally meet at 1.30-3.30pm on alternate Wednesdays at Eccles Gateway. But for 16th Jan 2019, it is St Andrew’s church hall, Chadwick Rd. Recent members should check with the convenor whether space is limited.
The main focus of the group is nineteenth and early twentieth century history of the Salford and Manchester region. We have a few invited talks but most topics are presented by the members of the group. Some present materials that they have researched , others introduce the discussion by reading articles on items of forgotten local history.
Recent topics include ‘Haigh Hall’ at Wigan, ‘Queen Victoria’s 1851 visit to Worsley’, ‘Salford Pals’ and ‘Irwell valley coal mines’. The group has also visited the following historical sites over the recent years: Ordsall Hall; Eccles Parish Church; All Saints Church Barton; Chetham’s Library and School; Styal Village and Quarry Bank Mill; the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum and Erddig Hall; and the Moravian Settlement in Droylsden.
*Local history group photo now on Gallery page: Gallery
Of interest ‘Cottonopolis’: Greater Manchester U3A network booklet: cottonopolis booklet
Also see link to recent survey, click here: salford mills survey
Please contact Christine for further information.
Past members of the group have researched and published a variety of books, which are listed below. Present members have recently completed a book entitled ‘A Brief History of Travel in Eccles, Barton and Patricroft since 1628’ which covers many of the events of the eighteenth and nineteenth century travel revolution, all within a few square miles of Lancashire. Click on the ‘Travel History’ link below for further information.
Existing publications researched and published by the Group are:
- ‘Church St Eccles’ by Helen Whickham and other group members.
- ‘A walk around Barton’ by Doreen and Eddie Rowbotham.
- ‘Industrial History of Eccles’ by Ronald Britton
- ‘A Chronological History of Eccles’ by Doreen Rowbottom
- ‘Treasures of Eccles, Past and Present’ by Doreen Rowbottom
- ‘Pendleton: the Rise and Fall of a Northern Township’ by Don Lingard.
- ‘A Brief History of Travel in Eccle, Barton and Patricroft since 1628’ by Mark Child
|Salford U3A Local History programme 2020|
|Eccles Gateway, alternate Wednesdays, 1.30-3.30 pm|
|Convenor: Christine Whitefoot 789 1178.|
|15-Jan||Christmas lunch||Georges Restaurant, Worsley|
|29-Jan||Mark Child||John and Thomas Gilbert|
|12-Feb||George Waterhouse||Manchester Steamers and the Ship canal|
|26-Feb||Chris Whitefoot||Walkden, Ann Monaghan’s glimpse of the past|
|11-Mar||Diane Duffy (guest speaker)||Elizabeth Gaskell’s links to Salford|
|25-Mar||Hazel Walker and Marlene Walker||Manchester’s Little Italy|
|08-Apr||Sheila Thomas||Some events at Eccles Town Hall|
|22-Apr||Barbara Lawton and June Lomas||Weaste Cemetery|
|06-May||Barbara Briggs and Andy Scutt||Buffalo Bill in Salford|
|20-May||David Pease||Joseph Brotherton|
|17-Jun||Barbara Ashe||Street names of Ellesmere Park|
|09-Sep||Mark Child||The Bridgewater Heritage|
|23-Sep||Betty Baker||Readings from Josey Brotton’s letters|
|04-Nov||Anne McGarry||Famous people raised in Salford|
|18-Nov||David Astbury (guest speaker)||Prince Abert in Manchester|
|02-Dec||Pam Nuttal||Corruption in Manchester and Salford government|