Local History

'A crowded horse omnibus outside the Old Bull's Head Hotel in Church St Eccles, in 1872'' (Courtesy of Salford Local History Library)

A crowded horse omnibus outside the Old Bull’s Head Hotel in Church St Eccles, in 1872” (Taken from the Salford Local History Library Collection)

Convenor: Chris Whitefoot

Group leader: Mark Child

Zoom host: Andy Scutt

To contact Chris, Mark or Andy please email salfordu3a@gmail.com marking the subject line of your email ‘FAO: name/job title’

Venue and date/time: We have in the past met at 1.30-3.30pm on alternate Wednesdays at Eccles Gateway, but are currently meeting by zoom at 11-12.30pm on alternate Wednesdays.

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’, ‘Queen Victoria’s 1851 visit to Worsley’, ‘Salford Pals’ and ‘Irwell valley coal mines’. The group has also visited the following historical sites over 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; Erddig Hall; and the Moravian Settlement in Droylsden.

Links you may be interested in:

For a Local History group photo please visit our Gallery Page

Cottonopolis a Greater Manchester u3a network booklet 

Also click here for our Salford mills survey

Past members of the group have researched and published a variety of books, which are listed below. Present members have 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. See Travel History Booklet by Mark Child for further information.

Other publications researched and published by the Group are:

  1. ‘Church St Eccles’ by Helen Whickham and other group members
  2. ‘A walk around Barton’ by Doreen and Eddie Rowbottom
  3. ‘Industrial History of Eccles’ by Ronald Britton
  4. ‘A Chronological History of Eccles’ by Doreen Rowbottom
  5. ‘Treasures of Eccles, Past and Present’ by Doreen Rowbottom
  6. ‘Pendleton: the Rise and Fall of a Northern Township’ by Don Lingard
  7. ‘A Brief History of Travel in Eccles, Barton and Patricroft since 1628’ by Mark Child

2019/2020 Local History Programme

2021 Local History Programme:

9 DecSheila ThomasChristmas in WW2
6 JanAlan CorbettManchester through the eyes of
early 19th century authors
20 JanPaul SherlockSalford mayors
3 FebAnne McGarrySalford 1900-1914
17 Feb George WaterhouseHistory of morris dancing
3 MarDavid RoughleyGerrards of Swinton
17 MarMark ChildEllesmere buildings
31 Marcancelled
14 AprSheila ThomasA trip down Deansgate
28 AprAlan CorbettClifton Country Park
12 MayPaul SherlockLocal heritage trails
26 MayRick McGarrytba