Sunday, 2 April 2017

Lost and forgotten streets of Salford nu 13 ............ the one they condemned in 1910

Now I am back with Barn Street which for a long time I couldn’t  find which is not surprising given that it was one of those tiny streets north of St Stephen’s church hemmed in by Rosamond Street to the west and Mottram’s brewery.

Barn Street, 1849
Added to which its inhabitants would not rate highly on any of those lists of the well do and influential of Salford.

In 1901 their occupations ranged over a variety of the unskilled and semi skilled occupations, including labourers, textile workers, a carter and a charwoman.

My own interest is simply that my friend Val’s mother was born there in 1904 and so as you do I went looking for it.

In total there were eleven houses, which were a mix of 4 and 2 roomed properties.

Val’s mother was born at number 14 which was one of the six which consisted of 4 rooms.

The remaining five were made up of just two rooms and in to these were crammed eighteen people when the enumerator called in the March of 1901 to compile the census.*

Barn Street, 1901
And it will be some of these that that the council had declared as unfit for human habitation nine years later.

The slight puzzle is that on both the 1849 and 1894 maps all the properties consisted of back to back houses which seems to preclude a set of four roomed ones.

But the eastern side backed onto another row which faced a closed court and it is just possible that at some time after 1894 these were knocked through to make larger properties.

There is no doubt that this enclosed court must have been a dire place to live.  It was entered by a narrow entry which ran alongside the wall of the brewery from Thomas Street and in the way of these things didn’t even warrant a name on any of the maps and certainly isn’t in the directories.

But the census returns offer up two possibilities one of which is Brewery Yard and the other Simpson’s Passage, and given the access to our court it might well have been Simpson’s Passage.

Barn Street, 1894
In 1901 the return lists just five properties which might be the ones on the eastern side leaving the ones opposite to have been converted from two into four rooms becoming ourproperties on Barn Street.

All a bit mystifying.

So I shall leave Barn Street with a reference to Mr and Mrs MacDonald who in the April of 1901 were living at number 14 Barn Street with their three children and a lodger in the four rooms.  Mr McDonald was a carter working for a building form and the lodger was an Albert Fernely of Salford who described himself as a “stocker of a stationary boiler."**

Now that boiler may or may not have belonged to Mottram’s Brewery but a search for Mr Mottram and his brewery seems the next port of call.

Location; Salford.

Pictures; Barn Street, 1849, from the OS for Manchester & Salford, 1842-49 and in 1894 from the OS for South Lancashire, courtesy of Digital Archives Association, http://digitalarchives.co.uk/

*Simpson’s Passage, Enu 20 29-30, Greengate, Salford, Lancashire 1901

**Barn Street, Enu 20 11-12, Greengate, Salford, Lancashire 1901

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