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Stanley Street, Scholes


Stanley Street Scholes Feb 1973
Photo: Scholes Malc
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Item #: 21416
the top half of our Street remains as the new houses on Caunce Road start to appear

Comment by: JohnAlan on 10th September 2012 at 14:14

Thnks Scholes Malc for posting the photo that brings back so many happy memories, but what a depressing scene!!!. Having been brought up in Golborne St and Scholefield Lane in the late 40s, 50s and 60s this shows the end of an era when the powers that be decided to demolish the Scholes community along with a whole tradiditional way of life... Shame on them!!!. I would assume this is taken fron the Platt Lane end so St Catharine's Church Mission would have been at the right foreground as you look. Spent many happy times there with St Cat's BB. The Penmans lived in the end house on the left, Caunce Rd end and I remember also Clifford Doran and Leonard McGarty from Stanley St at the top end. Sheila Jackson and Margaret Wilkinson at the Platt Lane end,. My Gt Aunt Nellie Ellison (nee Molyneux), Robert Fairhurst, Graham Harrison, Fredrick's shop (what did he sell? Groceries?) Dorothy and Tommy Lowton with son Barry, the Davies' all lived at the demolished part, as shown, of the street. There was also an eldery chap named ?Moses? who treated sportin injuries lived at the top end too. Anyone remember him? Spent many happy hours playing, as a young boy, on the spare land at the top of Stanley St and Golborne St bordering on the Sand Hole. What great memories.

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 10th September 2012 at 16:32

Johnalan - Happy memories but your mind is fading with age!
this was taken off the 'broo' from the top end of the street - Rigby's pen would have been to my left and in those first houses on the left were Sammy Penman (at one time,) the 'Adams' family and then the Keenans - and sixth house along at 53 was Moses Peters to who you refer - had a son called Billy, which was very appropriate if you get what I mean
the end of an era!

Comment by: JohnAlan on 11th September 2012 at 13:48

ScholesMalc, Yeh I can now see where the photo was taken from. It looks like the right hand side of the street had already been demolished. Moses Peters yes I remeber now and you're right the memory does play tricks. Moses treasted me for a hamstring injury so that I could play for All Saint's intermediate rugby team at Central Park in he Sullivan cup final in 1961/2. So does the line of the new Platt Lane follow approximately the old Caunce Rd? When Golborne St was demolished my grandparents moved to no. 3 I think it was new Platt Lane, then when grandad died in '73 grandma moved a flat to Linney Sq until she died in '87, not far from where she was born 37 Linney Street; ironic that.

Comment by: Gary on 19th September 2012 at 15:29

Shame on them for demolishing slums?! Good riddance.

Comment by: JohnAlan on 25th September 2012 at 11:52

Gary: Of course the terraced house were short on comforts like central heating and indoor toilets and bathrooms, but to have lived in such a typical house until I was 18 did me no harm whatsoever. If there were slums it was the people living there and the landlords lack of maintenance that made them so no matter where such people lived the same result would the case. In my experience I would say the majority were clean and the occupants took pride in their houses. Many had Accrington brick frontages. Some I agree probably need demolition but they could have been replaced with similar houses. For what it cost to demolish and break up entire communities the houses could have been renovated with central heating and bathrooms installed. Instead the philistines decided to build the likes of upside down houses (later to be demolished as totally unsuitable) and high rise flats, great for community spirit they were/are. I know my grandfather was never the same when he had to move out of Scholes and died shortly after. Scholes is now a shadow of it's former self and much worse for it.

Comment by: Margaret Mullee {Wilkinson} on 22nd August 2014 at 09:40

What memories does that photo brings back I still see Sheila Jackson occasionally The sand hole was great always came home smelling of smoke from our fires Do you remember playing on the rec I remember the BB practising in front of our house wish they could have played better

Comment by: Rita Adams on 2nd January 2016 at 23:41

I lived at 63 next to sammy but before sammy was a lady named lily holcock i think and she had a son billy

Comment by: brian gore on 1st March 2016 at 13:55

is Margret Wilkinson who lived at No5 Stanley st in the 1950s I use to live at No7

Comment by: tate on 3rd September 2018 at 11:12

hi Stanley st
my name is Andrew my dad vince tate used to live at no 59 with his family mary,sammy was mum & dad and tommy & marie was his brother & sister when they left mary&sammy moved to Stanley sq

Comment by: Stuart Pilkington on 26th November 2021 at 11:58

My family of West and Hughes seemed to have lived up and down this street, at 24, 46 , 48 and 50's I suspect it was because a better house came up for rent or the rent was more cheaper.

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