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Thread #5256   Message #3451630
Posted By: GUEST,Bernard Evans
13-Dec-12 - 11:20 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Collyhurst Road
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Collyhurst Road
Hi, I remember my mother often talking about living in the dwellings and going to St Catherines school, i my self went to the tin school,
i did venture that little bit further down collyhurst road once to see the dwellings and the remains of St Catherines, The dwelling them selves were much liks a building behind collyhurst road, but much higher up, over looking the irk and irk valley and viaduct,
i can imagine from how bad these buildings looked life must of been so difficult for people that live there, but we our selves only lived a short distance away, just off Queens Road, so on reflection these houses were not a great deal better, i remember you had to cross a little bridge to reach the dwellings, My mothers name was Lena peers, my grandmother had the same name, i also remember several other family members from this area, i had an uncle called Ken Tasker, he was married to my auntie Anne, her son was called Jim Rayner, i remember they lived off Smedley Road, as did the Rayners, my uncle Jack used to be a boxer, I remember him being a big man, he worked on the railways, he used to box from a club off rochdale road, i think some where near the essoldo, peoples faces are still so clear in your mind, my mother loved this school, it is so sad that the powers that be destroyed so many communities, at the time we thought it was great to move to a new house with hot water and an indoor toilet, but like all things in life, as you get older you really do think the old days were the best, we may have so much more material things now, but our fondest memories still seem to be from days long gone,
such is life,