I’ve always wondered where Manchester families ended up after the old houses were demolished in Ancoats, Collyhurst, Miles Platting and other parts of the city centre in the 1950s and 1960s. My dad’s family ended up in Middleton, but I know others went to Wythenshawe and out east to Droylsden. It’s sad to think about how the old communities were broken up. Where did you end up and what was the move like for you? — Dean
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My mother’s family, originally from Sligo, moved from Collyhurst to Council house in Vale Street, Clayton. Dad’s lot - from Laois - moved from Ancoats/Collyhurst/Miles Platting/Openshaw to Stocksbridge Overspilll Estate in Knutsford and Langley in Middleton. I was rehoused to Partington estate - can still remember the smell of the Ship Canal! Some also stayed in Hulme and others escaped to Flixton. One cousin married a GI and flitted to Archdale, North Carolina (she’s now 96 and still going strong).
My Grandma was born on North Kent Street Collyhurst and my Grandad on Ryder Street. When the houses were cleared the family were moved to the then new council estate off Hollinwood Avenue, near Moston Station.
My Grandparents were born and grew up in Angel Meadow circa 1905. Grandad , Johny Tarpey, was a boxer who travelled as far as America during prohibition. My Grandparents were 1st cousins and were eventually Kennet House Flats, Smedley Lane, and then moved to Blackley. I have obtained many newspaper reports of his boxing matches which are absolutely brutal..
We moved from Coalbrook St in Ancoats to the new dazzling Racecourse Estate in Sale. We had all of my Dad's family within 2 streets in Ancoats and then all split up to Handforth, Heald Green etc. The new houses and leafy estates were like a dream having 4 bedrooms, separate lounge, inside bathrooms and gardens. That was the trade for community and heritage. Progress always comes at a price and new memories formed in sale for over 50 years.
My mam and dad had a two up and down in Juniper Street Hulme. They were paid £100 for it under the Compulsory Purchase Act which went along with Manchester Slum Clearance Plan. Mam had the choice of Northenden or Handforth. She chose Handforth. I was 7 and just missed my Holy Communion at St Wilfred’s in Hulme. Mother Peter was mortified! Got so many stories to tell about that major transition💜
My family moved from Collyhurst in 1968 to a council house in Moston. I'm not sure if my parents had a choice of areas . A friend of mine who lived in the next street in Collyhurst moved with her family to Hattersley and is still living there over 50 years later. I remember my Dad saying he didn't want us to be so far out of the city as we were still at school . It was further for me to go to school in Cheetham Hill but I still got a bus into town and then one out again up Cheetham Hill Rd.
The council house in Moston had luxuries we had only dreamed about previously. Bathroom , garden, fitted carpet even a telephone in the hall!
In the early 1950s my mum and dad were given a council flat in Wythenshawe. In the early 1960s mums brother and his family got a council house in Stalybridge and her other brother got a council house in Ashton. They were all previously living in two ups two down in Miles Platting. My mum and dad lived on Ravald street.
Would families have had a choice at which area to go to do you think or would they just be told by the council where they were being moved to?
Mine ended up in Blackley.
Mine ended up in Stretford - the only city fans in the town!