tiled floor of the former council building
1950 we had our own council offices on Stockport Road – now used
as a second hand furniture sales point.
main road was cobbled from Manchester to Hazel Grove then known
as Bullock Smithy 12 miles away.
sets of tramlines ran along the centre of the road, Bullock Smith
being the terminus. In my day, ‘going all the way’ meant just that
– from Manchester to Bullock Smithy. The tram passengers had to
negotiate horse drawn traffic in order to mount the tram.
time went by, one or two motorcars came on the scene and this manoeuvre
became a definite hazard. In any weather the motorist applied his
brakes and stopped 10 yards on.
had 5 chemist shops, 2 of them being national multiples, ‘Timothy
Whites’ and ‘Boots’. All main roads and side streets were lit by
gas, yes even side roads.
was supplied with a bicycle and a 4ft cane with a hook fitted to
the end. His job was to switch the pilot light full on to light
the lamp, and reverse this procedure in the morning.
clocks were a novelty, so a knocker up’ was employed. You booked
your early morning call with him and we had a long cane with a gardeners
wire leaf rake attached. He would not go away until he saw you at
roads were tree lined. I well remember how romantic my own road
looked even in winter.
famous Red Brook men’s shirts were made in Levenshulme and sold
in premises now selling home decorating materials. They moved on
as the shirts sold well.
building set back from the road now the Iceland Supermarket was
the venue for professional wrestling; among the stars were the Pye
the premises became a roller skating rink, and for a short time
a dance hall.
you want milk today you go to a supermarket but before the self
appointed milk marketing board came along, milk was produced and
sold by local farmers and you go the lot, nothing skimmed off. You
could get an inch (2.5cm) of cream in a pint of milk.
own family milk came from Alderley, Cheshire. A young woman drove
a pony cart from a farm in Alderley to Levenshulme, and measured
it into the customer’s own jug.
our house we gave her pony a carrot and she had tea and toast about
9am every morning. Levenshulme had 3 Post Offices, 5 churches catering
from most religious affiliations.
Roman Catholic Church at that time was in Clare Road with a convent
next door. The present site of the RC church now located off Elbow
Street, was a council incinerator and on the same site, the Manchester
Police Force and stables for 12 horses. The entrance was in Stanhope
Street and the back entrance on Delamere Road, along the cobbles.
This section later moved to Chorlton where it is today.
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Wiggett's History of Levenshulme