The caption just says “a company of the Boy’s Brigade at Barlow Hall. Believed to be Manchester Road Methodists.”
But the clue might just be in the connection with the Manchester Road Methodists and I am hoping that the archivist at the church will be able to help.
So as ever I travel in hope.
And just as I finished the story my old friend Philip the archivist at the Methodist Church told me that the Boys Brigade had been based at the MacFaydian Church but during a period when the building was undergoing some building work they moved across to Manchester Road.
The Methodist's ran scout and girl guide groups but with a twinkle in his eye Philip commented that the Boys Brigade rather liked their temporary new home but was unable to say whether it became a permanent home.
Picture; courtesy of W. Jackson, from the Lloyd collection
*Chorlton brass band, http://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Chorlton%20Brass%20Band