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Pole Bank 1910 ----------------------------------------------------------Town Hall 1937 --------------------------------------------- Cenotaph 1990

Monday, 25 February 2008

Automasters from Manchester Road Bridge


I'm not sure of the date of this picture. It is from before renovations which took place in the 1980s.

Compare this view with a recent view from roughly the same location

6 comments:

  1. I can remember some of that view Gerald... but only just. I was at Greenfield Street school at the beginning of the 1970s so I must have been here many times then. Across the road from here was some waste ground, at the side of the canal bridge near to that sign post that simply says.. 'Over Yonder' were two Steam Traction Engines... I would love to know what became of them. I know Ashton Brothers Mills had there own but I do not know who's they were.

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  2. This looks so Charles Dickens and very different from the other shot.

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  3. I love these old photos, Gerald.

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  4. Look at the older building close to Manchester Road. They knocked that down in 1963 or 1964. They knocked the wall down so it fell onto the cellar ceiling. I was just 2 seconds away from walking into that store room when the whole lot caved in. I was 2 seconds from certain death. So much for health and safety in those days. Did the manager (Joe?) care? Nope. I am 62 now and still alive. I remember some of the names. The two Smart Brothers. Happy Harry. Araldite (Harold Wright). WC (Wally Carr). Charly Meccanovitch (Milenovic). The singing guy Brimble, but I can't remember his first name. He was a welder. Reg something. Bert something (I think)
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    Before they demolished the old building they found a lot of old money stashed behind the safe in there.

    Cheers,

    Bob
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    Robert Howes
    robertcircle1@yahoo.co.uk
    01792 792 442

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    1. Hi my name is Dennis Goodwin i was employed at Auto- Masters from 1972 to 1985.

      Works Manager Joe Jones,Ralph Smart, Alan Brimble,Des o Conner, George Welsby, George Harrison, Bernard Gillings are a few of the names i recall.

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  5. I remember the steam traction engines in the yard opposite Automasters (where I worked in 1963/4). I worked at Ashton Brothers later but didn't see any traction engines there. I worked at Middle Mill doing labouring and cheese winding (nothing to do with cheese).

    Cheers,

    Bob
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