Convenor: Christine Whitefoot, 0161 789 1178
Leader: Mark Child, 0161 478 7643
Venue and Time: We meet at 1.30-3.30pm on alternate Wednesdays at Eccles Gateway. 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
Also of interest ‘Cottonopolis’: Greater Manchester U3A network booklet: cottonopolis booklet
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 2019|
|Eccles Gateway, alternate Wednesdays, 1.30-3.30 pm|
|Convenor: Christine Whitefoot 789 1178.|
|16-Jan||Mark Child||James Brindley|
|23-Jan||Christmas lunch||Alberts (2 courses £12.50) 12.00noon|
|30-Jan||mill historians||mill histories|
|13-Feb||Brian Briggs (guest speaker)||Gallipoli|
|27-Feb||Irene Barlow||Church St Eccles|
|13-Mar||Hazel and Marlene Walker||Stories of Lancashire mill girls|
|27-Mar||Sheila Thomas||Swinton Lions Rugby Club|
|10-Apr||George Waterhouse||Salford Breweries|
|24-Apr||Chistine Whitefoot||Pendlebury riots|
|08-May||Building of the Ship Canal||David Pease|
|05-Jun||Manchester Engineers||David Roberts|
|19-Jun||Eccles Cinemas||Barbara Briggs and Andrew Scutt|
|31-Jul||Brian Briggs (guest speaker )||Gallipoli|
|11-Sep||Barbara Ashe||People behind Ellesmere Park street names|
|25-Sep||Christine Whitefoot||The Clifton Hall Disaster|
|23-Oct||Anne McGarry||Life and work at Granada TV during the early years 1959-1966|
|06-Nov||Brenda and Margaret Carr||Tug Barges and Me|
|20-Nov||George Waterhouse||Salford Bridges|
|04-Dec||Mark Child||John and Thomas Gilbert|
|Salford U3A Local History programme 2018|
|Eccles Gateway, alternate Wednesdays, 1.30-3.30 pm
* indicates space limited to pre August 2017 members
|Convenor: Christine Whitefoot 789 1178.|
|03-Jan||Mark Child||John Dalton|
|10-Jan||Christmas lunch||Albert’s, East Lancs Rd/ Kildare St, 12.30pm|
|31-Jan||Rick McGarry||Cross Lane|
|14-Feb||George Waterhouse||Irlams O’ Th’ Heights|
|28-Feb||Betty Baker||History of Monton Unitarian Church*|
|14-Mar||Hazel Walker and Marlene Walker||Tales of Manchester Jewry*|
|28-Mar||Alan Corbett||Lancs United Transport/South Lancs Tramways*|
|11-Apr||Chris Whitefoot||Victorian Worsley|
|25-Apr||Andrew Scutt||Victoria Baths|
|09-May||Sheila Thomas||Eccles Rugby Union Club*|
|23-May||Rick McGarry||Electricity in Manchester*|
|06-Jun||researchers||researching cotton/silk mill biographies|
|20-Jun||Mark Child||Yorkshire and Lancashire railway|
|04-Jul||outing||Transport Museum & Portico Library|
|18-Jul||Barbara Briggs and Andrew Scutt||Patricroft Methodist Church*|
|26-Sep||Anne McGarry||Notable Salford Families*|
|10-Oct||George Waterhouse||Archeology in Salford*|
|24-Oct||Outing||East Lancs Railway, 13.00 train from Bury, lunch beforehand*.|
|07-Nov||Brenda and Margaret Carr||Lancaster Canal|
|05-Dec||Chris Whitefoot||Pilkington’s Tile Factory*|