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  1. As I have written in earlier articles there was a spate of racial tension in Salford around the Greengate and Adelphi areas, these areas were populated by a lot of black seaman, mainly from Africa who had been paid off at Salford Docks and continued to reside here. The Salford City Reporter often carried out stories about these new residents and sadly often in in offensive terms, which was par for the course, 100 years ago and happily no longer the case. This story is from October 1919 and concerns four black men, none of whom resided in Salford who appeared at the Magistrates Court charged with, "Behaving in a manner likely to cause a breach of of the peace" and more seriously one of the men, Thomas Momo was charged with threatening to shoot Elizabeth Donohue and Mary Ellen Jones, also with assaulting Inspector Kelly and carrying a pistol without a licence. Again the Salford City Reporter used inflammatory headlines when they covered this story, Threatening Nig**r scare in the Adelphi area, "Will Kill All Whites" The Court was told that John Momo, Thomas O'Koro, Richard Dixon and James Andrews who all resided at Carter Street, Manchester were seen in Artillery Street, Adelphi and Momo was brandishing a revolver. A strange case then unravelled before the Court as the witnesses and accused told their side of the story. Mrs Donohue told the Court that she was on her doorstep talking to a neighbour when John Momo walked up to her and said, "You ------if you say anything, I'll put this pistol through you!" Momo denied saying this but a witness by the name of Ellen O' Brien stated that she did hear Momo make these threats. She then told the Court that she saw the four men accused walking down her street and remarked to a neighbour, "We've got Dixieland back" Momo approached her, drew his revolver from his pocket and said that he would shoot her, adding, "I will kill all whites" Things got heated when Momo said that as they passed young boys in the street, they began jeering him and throwing stones, he admitted pulling his revolver out but it was only to scare them he said. P.C. Foden took the stand and said that he was on duty at the corner of Adelphi Street and Chapel Street when he heard a commotion and went to investigate. He saw Momo walking quickly away and when asked if he was carrying a pistol, he denied this, but then showed him a pistol and said he didn't want to shoot anybody, he was then taken into custody along with the three other men to Chapel Street police station. When he was searched the pistol was taken from him and it was found to be fully loaded with six bullets in it's chambers. He then became violent and struck Inspector Kelly in the face and chest, he was so violent that it took four men to subdue him and put him in the cells. The Magistrate then dealt with Momo separately, he was bound over for £100 with two sureties of £50 each for 12 months or in default, three months imprisonment, and for carrying the pistol with no licence he was fined £5 or 26 days imprisonment. Sadly there is no mention of what sentences the other three accused men received. Obviously Momo was provoked by the Dixieland slurs and the children throwing stones but there is no justification for brandishing a loaded revolver in the street and threatening to, "Kill all Whites" The fine he received amounted to over £200 an amount these days which comes to almost £9,000! Perhaps the Magistrate used his discretion in not sending Momo to prison considering the provocation he received, but decided to hammer him with a massive fine. We'll never know if Momo managed to pay this fine and avoid jail, hopefully so, however Adelphi is a more peaceful place to live these days.
  2. I was pleased to receive this collection of photographs from Tony Green an ex-resident of Eccles, who took these photos in 1975, and show many scenes of the town centre, I love the bench outside the Bulls Head pub! Tony tells me,
  3. Tony Flynn


    Lucy Pugh, 19 a cotton operative at Connels Mill on Ancoats Lane, Manchester was walking down New Bailey Street, Salford when she came to the junction with Chapel Street, when Robert Lomas, 23 walked up to her and shot her in the face. Now that I have your attention I shall tell you the the full story of this shocking incident, of a violent and doomed relationship, which happened in September 1919, and is hardly Mills and Boon material. Lomas who resided at Islington Drive appeared at Salford Magistrates Court charged with, felonious, unlawfully and maliciously wounding Lucy Pugh with intent to cause grievous bodily harm by shooting her with a pistol on Chapel Street. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody for a week whilst police investigations were made. Lucy had been taken to Salford Royal Hospital for treatment to her injuries, she had lost a lot of blood with a bullet wound to the left side of her face which exited through the right side of her cheek, she made a remarkable recovery and would soon be facing Robert Lomas in a courtroom. The police inquiries revealed that Lomas and ex-soldier had been seeing Lucy for about seven months, but it was a very volatile relationship with him often making death threats to her family. Lomas was then remanded to the Manchester Assizes to stand trial and was defended by a Mr Nolan, described as being, "a well known coloured barrister and Mr J. Thorpe prosecuted for the Crown Court. Lucy told the crowded court that she was walking home from work with a friend who also worked at Connels Mill when Lomas approached her and asked, "Where were you last night?" She told him that she had stayed in with her mother when she felt a blow to the face and passed out. Mrs Pugh was called to give evidence and it soon became clear that there was no love lost between her and Robert Lomas. She said that he was a regular visitor to the house and not always a welcome one, and on one occasion she came home to find him sat on her sofa, he jumped up and knocked chairs over and shouted, "I am Robert Lomas, I have had four brothers in the army and I will do all the Pugh family in, and I don't care for anybody" and then added, "You will soon be needing three coffins" P.C. Hunter told the court that on the evening in question he was on duty in Chapel Street with P.C. Lorinson when he heard a gunshot, they raced to the scene and saw that a man named Robert Craddock had tussled Lomas to the ground. They arrested him and a search revealed three live cartridges in his jacket all capable of being fired from the revolver which they also confiscated. He was taken to the nearby police station and was told that he would be charged with the offence listed, however Lomas showed no remorse and said that he would plead not guilty at court. Finally Dr Ghosh from Salford Royal Hospital gave evidence and stated that he treated Lucy Pugh for her injuries and said that if the bullet had deviated slightly it would have severed an artery which would have killed her instantly. Mr Nolan for the defence must surely have known that he was fighting a losing battle in this case, however he did try and plead for his client. He said that Lomas's threats had been carried out in a "boisterous mood", one way of putting it I suppose, and then added that when he pulled the revolver out he had no intention of firing it, merely to frighten her when it suddenly exploded in his hand!. For good measure he chucked in that Lomas had been drinking that day and had also served his country in the war, receiving injuries in the process. The jury retired to consider their verdict and were only out for a few minutes before they returned to declare that Lomas was guilty. Justice McCardie described the offence as a cowardly attack with a revolver on a girl. He sentenced him to seven years imprisonment. The paper said that in court Lomas was seen waving at friends in the public gallery and smiling, and rather prophetically was seen to hold up seven fingers before the sentence was handed down, hopefully Justice McCardie had noticed this act of bravado and took him up on his suggestion.
  4. With all the furore going on at the moment about the future of the Buile Hill Mansion, I thought it would be appropriate to include this rather sad tale of young Vernon Lowe, who tragically drowned in the the lake at Seedley Park in August 1919. Seedley Park was purchased for £,5,000 by Salford Corporation in March 1873 and was designed by Henry Moore the Head Gardener at Peel Park and covered 13 acres of land including a lake. An Inquest was held into the death of Vernon Lowe who was almost two years of age at the Salford Magistrates Court with the Coroner Mr A. Holmes in charge of proceedings. Captain Townson represented Salford Corporation and Mr A. Wilsher the Superintendant of Salford Parks was also in attendance. Mrs Lowe the deceased boys mother told the inquest that that Vernon was playing at the rear of the house along with his brother Eric and another boy, Albert Gatlow both aged three years of age at 10.45am. At 1.40pm the two boys arrived home minus Vernon, she asked where he was and was told, "He has fell in the duck pond and is crying" She rushed to the park with another son Leslie and met a gardener, James Buckley who told her that he had taken a little boy from the water and had done all he could to revive him, he then took her to a nearby tool shed to identify his body. Leslie Lowe aged nine told the inquest that he took his mother to the park to show here were the lake was, he then stated that he saw a park keeper hammering a railing into the iron fencing surrounding the lake. James Buckley then gave evidence, he said that at 1.40pm he went to feed the ducks and saw an object in the water, he waded in and discovered it was the body of a young boy lying face downwards in the water which was between three and four feet deep. He was asked by the Coroner if he had put any new railings in that day, he denied this and added that neither had he heard of any other park keeper having mended any railings around the lake on that day. He explained that the railings were examined daily and if any were found to to damaged they would be straightened immediately and if one was missing it would be replaced as quickly as possible. Leslie then told the inquest that the Buckley wasn't the man he saw putting in the railings, adding that the man he saw was wearing a park keepers hat. Buckley said that at the hour the boy saw the man mending the railings none of the men on duty in the park would be wearing uniforms. Finally P.C. Sykes took the stand and told the inquest that he took the boys body to Salford Royal Hospital and then to Wilburn Street mortuary. In his opinion he thought that boy could not have got through the railings, he had examined them and in no place were they wider than the width of his hand, and therefore he must have got over the railings in some way. The Coroner said it was impossible to say how the boy got into the pond and he must return an, Open Verdict. Several unanswered questions here obviously. How did Vernon manage to climb over the railings, or was he helped over? who was the mystery man who Leslie said he saw fixing the railings, if there was one? and why did the two young boys not raise the alarm instead of going home which was a ten minute walk away, did they panic when he went in to the water? We will never know the answer to these questions in what is a tragic story. In a footnote the lake was filled in, in 1945 but the ground still remains marshy and boggy.
  5. Guided tours start at 11am and 2pm and are well worth going on as you can learn about the history of the church including it's ornate stone carvings, stained glass windows by Charles Kempe and much more The church is a beautiful Grade 11* Listed building which opened for worship in 1879. Over the next 40 years the church was to be beautified with a wealth of stone carving, stained glass, decorative woodwork, and even wall paintings (although the latter were sadly covered over in 1965) to produce the magnificent Grade II* listed building we see today. The stone carving is probably the church’s most distinctive feature. Surrounding the tops of all the pillars in the central aisle are rings of foliage, some with birds, animals and human and angelic faces among the leaves. High above are the carved heads of the 12 apostles and higher further still the symbols associated with each apostle. More religious symbols and saints’ heads may be seen at the east end of the church. In the north and south aisles are a series of carved angels each one completely different from the other. The most impressive stain glass windows are the 3 east windows by Charles Kempe which show the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. Two unusual windows are one in memory of a young man killed in World War I who is actually portrayed in the window and one which shows the Old Testament story of Abraham’s concubine Hager and their son Ishmael (a subject rarely portrayed in stain glass.). Also there is an amazing Peterloo exhibition which tells about local people killed or injured at Peterloo in 1819. Refreshments are available on the day.
  6. We were pleasantly surprised at the finished work which has, had a total makeover, including a new viewing platform and a new multi-level viewing area accessed from School Brow. Dotted around the site are information boards telling the history of the workings and the underground canal route which stretches for some 47 miles, stretching as far as Farnworth. More poignant are the depictions of workers tools, a pick-axe, safety lamp, helmets, coal dollies and memories from workers including young children who rarely saw daylight, their working hours that long. Sited in the middle of the constructed island is a winch, similar to the one which stood here almost two hundred years ago, which hoisted the stone from the Quarry onto barges to build infrastructure around the area. Stone representations of submerged, starvationer boats are dotted about the basin, the bridge stonework has been repaired, cleaned and re-pointed, sluice gate restored and the parapets repainted, and all of the overgrown vegetation has been removed. At night the quarry face is lit up by themed lighting creating a stunning light show which really highlights the workings and is a joy to behold. All in all a marvelous restoration job has been carried out in the most sympathetic manner and we can only applaud and marvel at the finished product.
  7. Cricket, that most English of games, the smack of leather on willow, cucumber sandwiches in the pavilion, or whatever tickles your fancy. Also even as I type the Ashes are being contested between England and Australia and so I thought it would be apt to post this rather sombre story of August 1919, from the pages of the Eccles and Patricroft Journal. It tells of a fateful cricket match played between Monton, St Paul's and the Swinton Second Team at the Monton cricket ground. Swinton Second had just finished their innings and Monton's Captain, Francis Smith strode up to the crease for the opening over. With only a few balls bowled, Smith had already struck himself over the heart with the top of his cricket bat handle, attempting "to pull a ball to leg" (whatever that means) A few balls later however Smith misjudged from the Swinton bowler, James Arthur Hindle and the ball struck him on the heart. To the horror of players and spectators, Smith staggered a few steps and then collapsed to the floor, and had to be carried to the pavilion. A Dr Young was summoned to his aid but on arrival he "found life to be extinct"...what a quaint expression for dead. Obviously the game was abandoned and his body was taken away by ambulance. Francis Smith was 48 years of age and lived at Mirfield Drive, Monton, he was described in the paper as being "an accomplished player and one of four brothers who all played in local cricket leagues" He had been captain of the Monton team for three seasons and as a mark of respect the flags on the Monton and Swinton cricket clubs were flown at half mast, whilst both teams sent floral wreaths to his funeral. An inquest was held at the Blue Bell public house, Monton with Mr P.R. Bennett the Deputy County Coroner presiding over the inquest. Smith's daughter, Bessie told the inquest that her father had always enjoyed fairly good health and had left home at 2.30pm on the Saturday to play cricket. James Arthur Hindle took the stand and told the Coroner that he had bowled the ball that had struck Mr Smith. He said that the ball was straight and rose a little striking Smith in the stomach, who attempted to pull himself together but collapsed. The Coroner asked Hindle if that instead of playing the ball, the deceased seemed to appear to double up over the wicket? Hindle replied, "I did not think the blow from the ball would have killed him because it was not a fast delivery" Dr Young told the inquest that he thought it was the second blow which proved fatal and he would have appeared to have died from shock following the blow. Finally the Vice-Captain of the Monton Cricket Club, Sydney W. Painter told the Coroner that the accident happened about 5.30pm, and owing to the weather the deceased mistimed the speed of the ball and did not make his stroke. After hearing all of the evidence Mr Bennett registered a verdict of "Accidental Death" The newspaper noted that a special service for "men only" was held at the St Paul's Church, Monton on the Sunday afternoon, to his memory. A sad and perhaps cautionary tale, and I wonder if there is some kind of memorial or trophy in memory of Francis Smith? it would be nice if there was reminder of his sporting life, does anybody know?
  8. Vandalism, doesn't it get on your nerves? the number of times we must all have witnessed smashed up phone boxes, broken shop windows, litter bins set on fire etc. It's a good job that this loutish behaviour didn't go on in the olden days when you could leave your front door open and......Hang on! Take of your rose tinted spectacles and have a read at this story culled from the pages of the Eccles and Patricroft Journal, August 1919. Gerald Openshaw who resided at St Georges Crescent, Salford and Frank Gallop who resided at Gilda Brook Road, Eccles appeared at Eccles Magistrates Court charged with doing wilful damage to public property. James Flitcroft who resided at Monton Road told the Court that he was near his home when he saw a group of young men smashing electric street lamps by throwing bricks at them. Being a good minded citizen he told them to stop, he was met with the casual remark, "Let the Goverment pay" Flitcroft replied that it was the likes of him and others who would have to pay the bill. Unimpressed by his high moral standards the men sauntered away, laughing and jeering. Flitcroft then made his way to the nearby home of Sergeant Tomlinson and told him what he had seen, you have to hand it Mr Flitcroft he was keen. The good Sergeant went in to the night and spotted the men stood by a night watchman's fire close to the Blue Bell pub. He told them who he was and that he was investigating the smashing of street lights, they started o joke about it until he reminded them that this was no laughing matter and asked for their names and addresses...I think you know what's coming. Openshaw gave his name as Mr Estills who resided at Broad Street, Pendleton, Gallop point blank refused to give any details, two other men with them also refused to give any details. He let them go and said they would be prosecuted for this offence and contacted by the police. Amazingly enough the next night, Sergeant Tomlinson who was on duty in Monton saw the two men and gripped them, he told them that he had checked their details and they were false, he must have been bluffing surely? Both men then rather meekly gave their correct details and said they were willing to pay the damage done to the street lamps. They were charged with with the offence and bailed to appear at Eccles magistrate the following week and face the wrath of Mr F. Halsall, the Chairman of the Bench. In court it emerged that the two other men involved in this incident one was a Lieutenant West of the Australian Army, an upper crust vandal no doubt, the other culprit had vanished altogether. Mr Angus, the Eccles Borough Electrical Engineer (a grand title) told the Court that the two accused had called at his home last week and had offered to pay for the damage if they could avoid police proceedings, adding that they were both recently demobilized from the Army and were simply having a "rag" Obviously their pleas for help fell on deaf ears and the inscrutable Mr Angus as they both stood in the dock. A witness, Mr Harry Williams who lived on Lansdowne Road, Monton gave evidence and told the court that he saw the two accused and Lieutenant West smash a lamp in Monton Road by throwing bricks at it, he then saw Gallop climb a lamp-post unscrew the bulb and smash it on the floor, Openshaw then did the same and hurled the bulb into the road. The Magistrate asked Mr Angus if there was damage done around Monton that weekend and was told there was trouble all over the Borough with vandalism. The Chairman of the Bench, Mr F. Halsall told the men , "I am surprised that young men in your position should given the trouble of providing false names and addresses, there is too much of this wilful damage going on in the Borough and if any other person is brought up before me they will be severely dealt with" Each man was fined five shilling and sixpence. That is a paltry amount for the offence committed and reading between the lines I think that Openshaw and Gallop came from wealthy families, their home addresses were then and now desirable areas to live, also for them to be associated wit h a Lieutenant from the Australian Army makes me wonder if they weren't officer class. Also calling at the home address of the Borough Electrical Engineer and asking if they could pay to keep them out of the court, surely bribery or some other charge? I wonder how two ordinary Privates from the British Army fresh from France would have fared faced with the same charges, before Mr Halsall?
  9. I am certain we have all witnessed shocking behaviour on our buses, trains and trams over the years, I can still recall the horror of the last bus out of Victoria bus station as a callow youth and have witnessed a hail of meat and potato pies being hurled in a scene reminiscent of Agincourt, yes the good old days. So this story from August 1919 reminds us that loutish behaviour is not a modern day phenomenon as two drunken chaps bring a new meaning to, men behaving badly. Amos Williams 28, who lived at Irlams Place, Salford appeared at Salford Magistrates Court charged with with being drunk and disorderly in Eccles New Road and assaulting a female tram conductress, Ethel Featherstone. Inspector Mitchell told the Court that Williams and his chum, Joseph Mullen boarded the tram at Eccles Cross and were going to Weaste to meet a female friend. However this journey to meet the mystery woman was curtailed when Amos Williams loutish behaviour resulted in the police being called. Whilst the conductress was collecting fares upstairs, he decided it would be fun to continually ring the bell much to the annoyance of the other passengers. One one occasion he rang the bell so vigorously that driver slammed the brakes on thinking it was an emergency stop, much to Williams amusement. An elderly chap, Edward Smith, had the temerity to tell Williams to behave and asked him what he thought he was playing at? Williams responded by grabbing hold off his legs and dragging him to the floor of the tram, were he began kicking him. Ethel Featherstone. came downstairs to see what all the commotion was about and asked him what he was doing, his reply was to slap her across the face and then attempted to push her off the tram, which fortunately had stopped. I noticed the driver of the tram hasn't come racing to her rescue! The police were called at Weaste and managed to drag the two drunken men off the tram and into police custody and reflect on their behaviour. In his defence, Amos Williams told the Magistrate: "I had drank a lot of beer that day" Truthful but hardly the best defence he could have come up with is it? He was fined £1 or 30 days imprisonment for being drunk and disorderly, also he was fined £3 and six shillings for assaulting Ethel Featherstone or 28 days imprisonment, with the fine being paid to her in costs. P.C. Cormie took to the stand to testify against his co-accused, Joseph Mullen who was also charged with being drunk and disorderly. He told the court that Mullen kept interfering with Williams arrest, using bad language and even going so far as to attempt to incite the tram passengers to help release Williams! Williams was hardly popular with the tram passengers so I should imagine his pleas fell on deaf ears. Mullen told the Magistrate: "All I did was to walk to the police station and see how my pal was and if he needed any money, then I got arrested" He was fined £1 or 14 days imprisonment. So a warning for us all, don't balloon on public transport unless you want to spend the night in the cells and face a possible hefty fine..and I haven't mentioned a single person I know!
  10. I came across this very sad story in the pages of the Salford City Reporter from the first week in August 1919 and tells the story of a Salford school outing, which went tragically wrong and ended up with the loss of three schoolboys. Mr H.B. Winfield was the Headmaster of the Salford Secondary Modern School which later became the Salford Grammar School as we knew it. He had arranged a three weeks camping holiday in the Lake Disrict at High Lodore for pupils, teachers and old boys. On the day of the tragedy they set sail for a picnic at Manesty Woods an island off Derwent Water, some 25 boys including the Headmaster and a form teacher, Mr S. Duckworth, taking five boats from Lodore, taking the precaution of having at least one good swimmer in each boat. They had rowed about half a mile when the wind sprung up and the water got choppy, it soon got worse as fierce gusts of wind blew up a storm. This was to have fatal consequences resulting in the three deaths and an inquest being held at Keswick preside over by Mr. E. Atter. Mr Duckworth told the inquest what had happened on that fateful day Mr Winfield then took the stand and gave his version of events. A search party set out to look for the missing boys, sadly Eric Molloy's body was found at 2.40pm, the bodies of the two other boys David Watkinson (17) and Herbert Fenton (15) were found close together the next morning. Mr A. Watkinson the father of David told the inquest that his son was an expert swimmer but he had never known him to go into the water with his clothes and boots on, which would no doubt hamper him. He then added that he thought that the boats that the boys were in should be examined if possible. The Rev S.C. Robinson on behalf of the relatives of Eric Molloy thanked Mr Duckworth for doing his utmost to save the deceased boy, as he did by placing him on the upturned boat. The schoolboy Vernon Thomas gave evidence and said that he saw Eric Molloy clinging to the boat but little else, adding, The Coroner, Mr E. Atter summed up by saying, Herbert Fenton lived at Bolton Road, Pendleton and was buried in Weaste Cemetery, Salford with schoolchildren laying wreaths. Eric Molloy (13) lived on Tatton Street, Salford and was buried at Greenfield, Oldham again his school chums laid wreaths in his honour. David Watkinson was a resident of Farnworth and was educated in Salford, he was buried in a local church in Farnworth again school friends were in attendance. A very sad story with nobody to blame, but it's hard to imagine the sorrow these boys families must have had to suffer, taken away at such an early age.
  11. Initially concerns were raised that the headstones were being neglected and possibly heading for landfill. It was even thought by some that the markers had been removed from grave sites but having spoken to the site manager today we were reassured that this was not the case, in fact Salford University Archaeological Unit had been fully involved and were due to pay a future visit to the site to undertake further excavation work at a later date. No human remains have been found on the site. So rather than find desecration of graves we actually found a very respectful level of conservation going on. A source at Salford University has also confirmed this to be the case. Also a memorial stone has been unearthed albeit broken in half, which reads, Irwell Street, New Weslyan Schools, laid by Alderman Thomas Davies, Superintendant of the School on Saturday August 31st 1872. It is thought that the gravestones were buried as part of previous excavations of the site over 40 years ago; only to be uncovered once more as part of the current excavations. They have been recovered as carefully as possible although some were understandably damaged having been lain in the ground for so long. University archaeologists will be paying another visit to the site in the coming months as a small section is suspected of possibly holding human remains, although that is unconfirmed as yet. The area has been cordoned off from the rest of the site to allow for inspection and further study. Should any human remains be found they will be respectfully removed and re-interred elsewhere within the boundaries. A spokesman for Salford City Council said: As for the gravestones, they are to be reburied at the site, this time properly laid down flat to help conserve them for future generations to find should the site ever be dug again. The chapel was founded in 1815 and closed in 1962, older readers may recall that in the early 1960s stories appeared in the local press that local children had broken into the crypts and had opened coffins, stealing jewellery, even stories of local kids playing football with skulls! which I find hard to believe! Alderman Davies Photo: ArtUK
  12. It took a little longer than expected as some of the photos were heavily damaged but we managed to salvage them and even managed pull a few photos from the contents sheet that we didn't have actual photos for. They may not be as high quality but they were too good not to include. So without further agadoo, we present to you the third and final part of the 1970's Eccles photo collection. We still have no idea as to the identity of the mystery donor but we wholeheartedly thank him/her for allowing us to digitally preserve them for future generations to enjoy.
  13. Life can be strange and as a glowing example of this I was in Eccles Library today or home as Karl calls it, when the young librarian chap comes over and hands me a wallet full of, no not cash, black and white photographs of Eccles, some 26 in total the first 11 which are below in part one of what is a two part article. Sadly the chap who left them for me never left his name, but blimey they are fascinating, they show Church Street, Eccles which to be fair hasn't changed that much - just wait until October 2019 when The Top House and Booths come down . The photographs of Church Street show shops such as Woolworths, , The Chicken Barbeque, Twin Stores, Rediffusion, Clifford Turner, Edith Lloyd, Radio Rentals, Crossley's, Fryers, Eccles Journal, Waterworths, Loofe's, Quine, Village Wool Shop, Ashworths, R. Quinns, Waddiloves, Little Dolphin, W H Smiths, H. Fairhurst, need I go on! Can't forget the pubs we have The Top House, Cross Keys, Grapes, Oddfellows, Hare and Hounds, and the Bulls Head! It is a proper nostalgic walk through time, OK they were taken some 48+ plus years ago but what a amazing set of photos they are. Eccles had recently been pedestrianised and you can see concrete flower beds, all removed now and sets of benches in the middle of Church Street, again all gone. They must have been taken earely on a Sunday morning because there are no people in the photographs apart from a stray dog walking past the Hare and Hounds pub. On the contact sheets are views of the Eccles Precinct, and it looks eerie, what is now Wilkos was then called Giro, of all names! A Nat West bank is slap in the middle of the Precinct, also shops such as Jones the Jewellers, Bacon and Cheese Shop, Hamlet Grill, Curtess Shoes, Dorothy Perkins etc. Did anybody work in these shops? if so the memories should come flooding back, I shall not mention if you supped in any of the pubs because we all know the answer to that one. So that is two great Eccles photographic finds in a few months, with the amazing George Shepherd exhibition which drew record amounts of people to the Eccles Community Art Gallery and this smaller but in my opinion, important find. Finally mystery donor will you reveal yourself and more importantly are there any more left lying around? If so you know where I am most days! Part Two will be coming tomorrow but for now we leave you with these little gems.
  14. Yet again another story of everyday Salford folk when combined with alcohol, police assault always ends up in tears if not the Salford Magistrates Court as his story from June 1919 shows. John Lyons who resided at Hudson Street, Broughton appeared at Salford Magistrates Court dressed in full Army khaki uniform charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting P.C. Bradshaw. Alongside him was his father, Joseph Bradshaw of the same address but no khaki uniform, charged with assaulting P.C. P.C. Fairbrother. P.C. Bradshaw told the court that he was passing the Royal archer public house when he heard a commotion and saw a group of men arguing, in the middle was John Lyons, shouting and gesticulating. The brave bobby, "requested" that John go home, only to met with a punch to his face and was then gripped around the neck as John attempted to strangle him! Happily, PC's Brady and Walker happened to be passing, always a bobby there when you want one isn't there? P.C. Walker told the Court that he went to P.C. Bradshaw's assistance and it was with some difficulty they managed to get the "slips" on him, as he was, "fighting like a madman" P.C Brady backed him up by saying that he saw John attempting to strangle P.C. Bradshaw, when he noticed Joseph Lyons grab P.C. Fairbrother by the throat causing him an injury that required medical assistance. A brawl then ensued with several people joining in, and it was with some difficulty that the two men were taken into custody. Mr Desquesnes appeared as Defence for John Lyons whilst Joseph chose to defend himself. Rather smoothly Desquesnes told the Bench that that he had no reason to doubt the accuracy of anything said by the police and had to admit that his client had committed an offence...however. He then asked the Bench to be lenient with him and to take into account that he had been in police custody since Saturday evening, and with a final roll of the dice told the Court that John had promised to be "well behaved" for the rest of the time of his leave. Joseph Lyons denied assaulting P.C. Fairbrother and stated that he was the one who had been assaulted and on the evening in question there was great confusion outside the pub and all he could remember was a P.C. telling him to clear off. Superintendent Clarke then chipped in that both men had several convictions for being drunk and disorderly. Surprisingly John Lyons was sentenced to prison for seven days with hard labour. Joseph Lyons was then given 14 days in prison with hard labour. Perhaps Joseph should have pleaded guilty and would have received a lesser sentence? As Gilbert and Sullivan wrote in the Pirates of Penzance, A Policeman's Lot Is Not A Happy One, especially in Salford at closing time. Photo: Royal Archer.
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    Sadly this would not be the case for the Jones family who had attended their daughters wedding, followed by an appearance at Regent Road Police Station, Salford Royal Hospital and finally Salford Magistrates Court, so quite an eventful day. Robert Hunter Jones who resided at Brighton Street, Salford with his long suffering wife Ada, appeared at Salford Magistrates Court charged with assaulting his wife on 18 June, 1919 the same day as the nuptials. Superintendent Clark told the Court that both parties had attended their daughters wedding were both of them, "appeared to have taken more drink than was good for them".. Robert went with Ada to a local beerhouse, he left at 9pm and left Ad in there, she left an hour later, when she arrived home this is when the trouble started. Robert told he Court that he wanted to go to sleep, however Ada who was obviously enjoying herself wanted to sing at the top of her voice. He asked her to stop singing so that he could get some sleep. when she refused he walloped her over the head with a frying pan to shut her up! Ada made her way to regent Road Police Station, no doubt with her head ringing, she saw P.C. Sumner who took her to Salford Royal Hospital for treatment to her injuries. She was examined by Doctor Ghosh who found that she had suffered two cuts to her scalp but not serious to be detained and was sent home. Robert had been arrested but was released on bail the following day to appear at the Magistrates Court. When charged he said, " Yes it is correct that i hit her on the head with a frying pan, but she annoyed me because she wouldn't stop singing" Not the best defence line I have heard. The Stipendiary Magistrate asked Ada if she had been drinking? She replied that she had only taken four glasses of beer and that they had both been drinking at the wedding, but not a lot. Superintendent Clarke said to him it would appear to have been a drunken quarrel, which is underestimating it a bit in my opinion. The Stipendiary Magistrate asked Ada if she was afraid of her husband? "Only at weekends when he is drunk" was her reply. Robert was bound over to keep the peace for 12 months, a lenient sentence. As for Ada I should imagine she limited her singing to when her hubby wasn't in the marital home. Photo: Brighton Street 1962

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