Local History

Convenor: Andy Scutt

To contact Andy please email itsecretary@salfordu3a.com.


Venue and date/time: We meet at 1.30-3.00pm (doors open 1pm) on alternate Wednesdays at Monton Unitarian Church Hall. There is a charge of £1.50pp to cover room hire and refreshments.

Well-deserved flowers for Barbara Ashe and Chris Whitefoot in July 2022 in recognition of their many years of service to the group

'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)

The main focus of the group is the history of the Salford and Manchester region, with occasional forays further afield. The majority of topics are researched and presented by the members of this very popular group.

Past topics have included Haigh Hall, Queen Victoria’s 1851 visit to Worsley, Salford Pals and Joseph Brotherton. Current and previous years’ topics are detailed in the programmes below.

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, the Moravian Settlement in Droylsden, the Avro Museum at Woodford, Bramhall Hall and Saltaire.

Links you may be interested in:

Past members of the group have researched and published a variety of books, which are listed below.

  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

2023 programme

DateNameSubject
11 JanChristmas meal at George’s, Worsley
25 JanMark ChildLord Ellesmere’s sons
8 FebChris Whitefoot
Agecroft Hall, the hall that sailed away
22 FebMartin Maynard
Agecroft Rowing Club
8 MarFiona Ellis
Jerome Caminada
22 MarBrian Briggs
Sailor, Sinner and Saint
5 AprAndy ScuttSpring outing (date provisional)
19 AprAlan Corbett
Alan Turing
3 MayBeryl PattenIsabel Heywood
Isabel Heywood and the Manchester and Salford Blind Aid Society
17 MayRick McGarry
The workhouse system in Barton-upon-Irwell
31 MayMarlene and HazelCastle Irwell
Castle Irwell
14 JunPaul SherlockEarly Salford Mayors part 2
28 JunSue DrakeHarold Riley
Harold Riley

2022 programme

at the Salford Histories Festival, Oct 2022

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.