Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Never pass up an opportunity to record a bit of history ............. down on Chester Road

Now St George’s House has fared much better than that other block of terraced houses a bit further down Chester Road.

St Georges House, 2016
So while St George's House looks neat and busy that other terrace on the corner with Great Jackson Street is empty and looking forlorn and shabby.

I can’t say I have ever thought about either group over much but prompted by Andy Robertson’s picture I went looking for their history.

Those fine  houses in 1849
In the early 20th century they were occupied by pretty up market people including two surgeons and an oil merchant.

Looking back into the previous century and they seem to have always attracted a “better class” of people.

I don’t yet know when the site was first developed but by 1849 there were three fine house on the site with views across open land to the Duke’s Canal.

But the writing was already on the wall for the future because had you looked across that open land and let your eye stray to the south there was Hulme Works and a Saw Mill running along Hulme Hall Lane.

In time these two would be joined by a complex of other industrial works one of which has featured frequently as Andy has maintained his continuing project to record the site from a fire last year to its eventual demolition.*

But that is another story.

Location; Chester Road, Manchester

Pictures; St Georg'e House, 2016 from the collection of Andy Robertson, Chester Road and those fine houses, fromthe OS of Manchester & Salford, 1842-49, courtesy of Digital Archives Association, http://digitalarchives.co.uk/

*Hulme, http://chorltonhistory.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Hulme

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