Saturday, 12 August 2017

Fifty-one years ago on Hardy Lane

Now I fully accept that many people will not find anything very remarkable about this scene.

The picture was taken in the November of 1966 from the junction of Hardy Lane and ahead of us is Barlow Moor Road, with Chorlton Park School and away in the distance the park itself.

But for anyone who grew up around here I think the image will be a little special evoking half forgotten memories of going to school and playing in the park in the mid 1960s.

Added to which they will be able to reel off the shops on our left, starting with Seymour Meads, and taking in the barber’s and the sweet shop.

And despite our youngest going to Chorlton Park my knowledge of its history is woefully poor, but someone will help me out.

I am however on stronger ground with the park which was only forty of so years old when the picture was taken.

And for the curious the image is one that has been revealed during the course of an exciting new project which  Neil Simpson tells me is from  "the Town Hall Photographer's Collection Digitisation Project, which is Volunteer led and Volunteer staffed, is in the process of systematically scanning the 200,000+ negatives in the collection dating from 1956 to 2007.

The plan is to gradually make the scanned images available online - initially on Manchester Archives+ Flickr and later on other Archives+ digital platforms.""*

And that is all I have to say other than a thank you to Neil and the team and to comment that I used to think those half timbered cars were the bees knees.

It is there parked up outside Seymour Meads.

Location; Chorlton

Picture; Barlow Moor Road, 1966, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council,

*Manchester City Council Archives+ Town Hall Photographer's Collection Flickr Album..


  1. Half-timbered cars... Dame Edna Everage!!

  2. I remember Parker's cake shop and Youd's newsagents who also had a shop on Cundiff Road