This is one of my favourite pictures in the collection and it is special for a number of reasons.
First it was lent to me by my friend Alan Brown who had lived here around the village green for his entire life and the seated couple are his grandmother and great grandfather which take his link with the township back into the 19th century.
But it is also because it is one of the few photographs of Chorlton which show people still working the land. I don’t have a date or a location but we may be in the last quarter of the 19th century somewhere in Chorlton.
And so with Alan’s permission it was chosen as the main cover picture to illustrate THE STORY OF CHORLTON-CUM-HARDY which was published yesterday.*
And a correction from my old friend David Bishop who knows the meadows much better than me, "Sorry to be pedantic, Andrew, but I don't think that, in those days, people ploughed "meadows" (i.e. permanent grasslands in the river's floodplain). I think that it's likely - although I could be wrong - that this photo was taken somewhere north of the Mersey ... possibly?"
Picture; from the collection of Alan Brown