Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Travelling around Chorlton in the 1930s in the company of Harold Clarke

Now I am not a great fan of those postcards which give you more than one scene.

It is true of course that you get more for your money, but the pictures are smaller and lack the clarity that you get with just the one image.

But if you can date the card you have a pretty neat snapshot of Chorlton and so it is with this one.  It was produced by Harold Clarke, who lived at 83 Clarence Road, which is now Claridge Road.

During the 1920s and 30s he took  photographs of both south and central Manchester.  Some he seems to have marketed himself and others were sold by commercial companies including our own Mrs H. Burt who ran a stationery shop on Wilbraham Road almost opposite the shop of H.T. Burt, “Gentleman’s Outfitter” which only closed a few years ago.

But always he made sure his name appeared on the cards, and with another eye to financial gain some of the scenes reappear on other collections.

The most popular being the two halls and the green.

My own favourite on this one is the image of the Baths on Manchester Road.  Photographs of this bit of Chorlton are quite rare and so it is a welcome addition.

If pushed for another it  would picture  of the junction of Barlow Moor and Wilbraham Roads.

There are quite a few of this spot at the turn of the last century and a few in the 1950s but this is the first to show in detail the houses along Wilbraham Road which were demolished to make way for the precinct.

There had been five of them similar to the ones further along.

Now the bank of course looks little different but it had been a private residence from at least the 1880s and would remain so until it became the bank and underwent a major remake which drastically altered the appearance of the ground floor.

It is still possible to read the name Sunwick on the stone gate post just to the right of where our picture finishes.
Now that is not quite the end of the story but that will wait for another day.

Picture; from the Lloyd Collection circa 1930s

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