Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Looking out from Broad Oak Farm, Didsbury in 1910

This is the road leading from Broad Oak Farm to Wilmslow Road in 1910 and you don’t need much imagination to be back there in the yard with Mr Jackson who took the picture.  

Road from Broad Oak Farm, 1910
There are the chickens wandering free in front of the gate with the edge of the farmhouse to our right.

And just a little over a century and a bit later Andy Robertson was there with his camera.

Now what makes this series of then and now images more interesting is that there is a direct family link.

Andy writes

“my wife's ancestors the Rudd family farmed Broad Oak Farm for 300 years or more. Thomas Rudd is cited as occupant of Broad Oke in 1570 and in 1861 the family were still there. 

The viaduct, 2014
My wife's direct ancestry with Rudd ends with the marriage of Hannah Rudd to James Higginbotham in 1834, James being the first cousin of Chorlton farmer of the same name.

It seems a public footpath ran through the farm from Millgate Lane to Didsbury Corn Mill.”

Now that is how I like my history, a mix of the past and present with a dash of the personal.

And there is that other connection, because there were Higginbotham's farming in Chorlton from the 1840s throught till the 1960s.

Their land was spread out across the township and the farmhouse still stands in front of the green

Pictures; Broad Oak Farm to Wilmslow Road, 1910, J. Jackson, m21268, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, http://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php?session=pass
The farmyard, 2014
and the viaduct and the scene from Broadoak School and the houses on the right are roughly where the farmhouse was.in 2014 from the collection of Andy Robertson

1 comment:

  1. barry woodbridge30 May 2017 at 17:28

    My family, the Woodbridges, farmed both broad Oak Farm and Millgate Farm until the early 1960s. I have some memorabilia and a very good memory if required.