The Reporter published
a photograph this week of minstrels from the
Ormonde Street Chapel in Ashton. The question
is, what was the big occasion? Click on the
picture to see a larger version. Do you recognise
22 July 1900
Did you or any of
your relatives go to Christ Church School
in Littlemoss, Ashton? Brian Knight is looking
for photographs or other information to
include in a website.
After adults were given higher
level education during the 'Cotton Panic',
parents began to demand education for their
children. This resulted in the School Boards
Act of 1870. Littlemoss did not have a school
and children had to travel to Taunton, Droylsden
or Ashton. The clergy and congregation of
Christ Church decided to build a school
through voluntary subscription and it opened
in 1872. It was extended in 1924 and continued
until the mid-1960s when it closed.
The school served the community
in other ways and played host to many activities,
including musical revues, minstrel troupes,
operettas, whist drives, fund raising and
weddings. The original leather-bound school
log book is kept at the county records office
in Preston. It covers attendance and absence
records from 1873 to 1911, as well as school
averages, receipts of funding, epidemics,
school closures, visitors and holidays to
mark occasions like Victoria's Silver Jubilee
on 20 June 1887 and the King's visit to
Manchester on 13 June 1905.
This information and photographs
can be seen at Bryan's
website which includes a poem to encourage
contributions to school funds which begins:
Now dear friends, just
list' to me
And do it with a smile,
We're trying to raise funds, you see,
To help us o'er a stile.
Bryan would be delighted to add more photographs
and information which you can send to him
While the G8 meeting this weekend
is dominated by the issue of third world debt,
the Reporter of 100 years ago reminds us that
poverty and famine is sadly not a new phenomena.
The people of Hyde took the streets in a huge
public demonstration to raise money for the Indian
Famine Relief Fund. The Reporter wrote: "Without
exaggeration it is the largest muster that we
have ever seen in the history of Hyde. The whole
town had the appearance of a huge carnival. It
was indeed a great event and one respecting which
all concerned in its organisation have every occasion
to be proud."
The procession was led by a group
of mounted policemen and they were followed by
the Hyde Borough Band and the Mottram and Broadbottom
Band. Behind them was a display by the fire brigade
and a troupe of Morris dancers. Local tradesmen
turned out in droves and the town's streets became
a temporary marketplace as grocers, butchers and
tobacconists set up stalls, giving some of their
profits to the relief fund.
Local people organised a 'monster
procession' and the Reporter said: "There were
many monsters. Each seeming to vie with the other
in their efforts to present the most grotesque
appearance. All manner of persons were portrayed
and on the whole, it was an excellent group. Cyclists
attended too. One saw hundreds of 'wheelmen' all
in different costumes passing in the procession.
It was a magnificent sight. In total, the event
has raised £493. Truly the people of Hyde have
done their duty."
Samuel MASON, aged 13 and from
Droylsden, was in deep trouble at Denton Police
Court. He had been warned before about his stealing
and could expect a more severe penalty when he appeared
before the bench a second time. The court heard
how MASON had gone into Benjamin LOZDEN's shop on
Ashton Road. Assistant Jane POLLIT served him a
ha'porth of cigarettes and later realised that money
had gone from the till.
When charged by the police, MASON
said: "I took seven shillings, bought two packs
of cigarettes, but I don't know what happened
to the other penny." When the constable said that
he should be sent to prison, the lad pleaded:
"Please sir, don't send me there. I will not do
it any more." Instead, he was given twelve strokes
of a birch rod and had hopefully learned his lesson.
22 July 1950
Iris WILDE aged seven of Stockport
Road Methodist School was crowned the very first
Primary School Rosebud Queen at a packed coronation
In the 1950s, Esperanto was
being touted as the universal language of the future.
The Denton Esperanto Club of teachers and pupils
from Denton Secondary Modern School set off for
the Young Esperantists International Rally held
at Konstanz in Germany.