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: 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.

Travel History Booklet by Mark Child

Existing 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 Rowbotham.
  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 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.
Date name subject
01-Jan holiday
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
03-Jun outing Arley Hall
17-Jun Barbara Ashe Street names of Ellesmere Park
01-Jul Rick McGarry TBA
15-Jul Andy Scutt ‘Pomona’
12-Aug holiday
26-Aug holiday
09-Sep Mark Child The Bridgewater Heritage
23-Sep Betty Baker Readings from Josey Brotton’s letters
07-Oct ?outing
21-Oct George Waterhouse TBA
04-Nov Anne McGarry Famous people raised in Salford
18-Nov David Astbury (guest speaker) ‘Prince Albert: Consort and Manchester Man (?)’.
02-Dec Pam Nuttal Corruption in Manchester and Salford government
16-Dec holiday


2019 Local HistoryProgramme