Convenor: Chris Whitefoot
Group leader: Mark Child
To contact Chris or Mark please email firstname.lastname@example.org marking the subject line of your email ‘FAO: name/job title’.
Venue and date/time: We meet at 1.30-3.30pm on alternate Wednesdays 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.
Past topics have included ‘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
- 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:
- ‘Church St Eccles’ by Helen Whickham and other group members
- ‘A walk around Barton’ by Doreen and Eddie Rowbottom
- ‘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 Eccles, Barton and Patricroft since 1628‘ by Mark Child
- ‘Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere’ by Mark Child
|12 Jan||Christmas meal at George’s in Worsley|
|26 Jan||Rick McGarry||Local explosions|
|9 Feb||Mark Child||The Bridgewater Estates|
|23 Feb||Alan Corbett||Walkden British Legion|
|9 Mar||Sheila Thomas||Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee|
|23 Mar||Possible outing|
|6 Apr||Andy Scutt||Pomona|
|20 Apr||Hazel Walker and|
|Mavis Hermione Sapple:|
a Salford childhood
|4 May||Anne McGarry||Suffragists and Suffragettes|
in Manchester and Salford
|18 May||David Astbury|
|Prince Albert: Consort and Manchester Man|
|1 Jun||Paul Sherlock||tba|
|15 Jun||George Waterhouse||History of the County Palatinate in early maps|
|29 Jun||Possible outing|
|13 Jul||Alan Corbett||Walkden: a glimpse of the past|
|27 Jul||Betty Baker||Extracts from Josey Britton’s letters|
|10 Aug||No meeting|
|24 Aug||No meeting|
|7 Sep||Judith Gibson||Life as a Salford girl|
|21 Sep||Margaret Roberts||Eccles before and after the motorway|
|5 Oct||Mary McBride||William Cowherd: a vegetarian pioneer|
|19 Oct||David Roughley||Gerrards|
|30 Nov||David Pease||A famous opera singer died in Manchester?|
at the Local Histories Festival, Oct 2021
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.