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 from August 2021 are meeting at Monton Unitarian Church Hall.

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:

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
  8. ‘Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere’ by Mark Child

2021 programme

DateNameSubject
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 CorbettWet Earth Colliery
12 MayPaul SherlockLocal heritage trails
26 MayAndy ScuttManchester’s Hidden Gems
(Part 1)
9 JunRick McGarryProtector Lamp and Lighting Company
23 JunMark ChildThe highs and lows of Lord Ellesmere’s life
7 JulAndy Scutt Manchester’s Hidden Gems
(Part 2)
21 JulNo meeting
4 AugNo meeting
11 Augno speakerReunion meeting
25 AugSheila ThomasSome events at Eccles Town Hall
8 SepMark ChildThe highs and lows of Lord Ellesmere’s life
22 SepDavid PeaseJoseph Brotherton
6 OctHazel Walker &
Marlene Walker
Manchester’s Little Italy
20 OctBarbara Lawton &
June Lomas
Weaste Cemetery
3 NovAndy ScuttBuffalo Bill
17 NovAnne McGarryFamous people raised in Salford
1 DecLinda VeaseyAlbert Finney

You may also be interested in:

Our group is one of several members of the Salford Forum of Local History Organisations. You can access their website here for details of all the groups that belong to this forum, including the Eccles and District History Society and the Age UK (Salford) local history group who meet regularly in Swinton.

Anyone wishing to explore the history of our area may be interested in viewing the extensive collection of books, documents, photographs and newspapers at the Salford Local History Library.