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251 Thu March 24 2011 - 01:34:12
Fullname: ean Neal(moffat)
Email: jeanneal2@aol.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Fallowfield Manchester
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Park Avenue Saintsbridge road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Benchill Yew Tree
Where do you now reside?: Rugby Warwickshire
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: I left Wythenshawe in 1959 to live in Rugby my husbands work was there we had five children sadly my husband died in 2008 our children live around Rugby I have many friends here but I still think of Manchester as my home still have family there. Met up with some of them in Blackpool last year. tried tom track down friends from school but no luck guess I am too old.


252 Wed March 23 2011 - 21:49:18
Fullname: Beth Mason
Email:
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?:
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?:
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?:
Where do you now reside?:
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: I didn't go to school in Manchester but moved up here to go to uni in 2000 and have lived in Northern Moor since 2004. When I was sorting my loft out I came across school books for an Olwyn Abbott - Yew Tree secondary school from about 1956 until 1959. Would be nice if anyone knew them or they saw this post so they can come and get their books and have a look at what their old house looks like 51 years later!


253 Tue March 22 2011 - 04:30:11
Fullname: Margaret Roebuck (nee Oldham)
Email: Margaret040341@aol.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Rochdale
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Peel Hall Road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Brownley Green
Where do you now reside?: New Mills
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: Hi would love to get in contact with old school friedns and see what your up to. Margaret


254 Sun March 20 2011 - 21:04:18
Fullname: eric bell
Email: ericbell2010@yahoo.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: wythenshawe
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: 1 frimley gd
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: sharton high
Where do you now reside?: ontario
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: looking for linda partinter love eric


255 Fri March 18 2011 - 20:29:34
Fullname: frank nadin
Email: maryandfrank@madasafish.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: benchill
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: broadoak road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: benchill and sharston
Where do you now reside?: norfolk
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: dosent anyone remember me ?


256 Fri March 18 2011 - 01:14:29
Fullname: bryan steven wilkinson
Email: cajero@ntlworld.com
Homepage URL: cajero@ntlworld.com
Where were you born?: st mary's hospital manchester
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: wastdale rd 1975 -80
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: newallgreen low/higher
Where do you now reside?: n/a
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: i attended new/green infant's/junior's lower school/higer school from 1974 2 1987 my school teacher was @ the time wen i was leavin for the big wide world was called mr ramsdale who i think as past now godbles. amd my orther teature's was mr smthy miss macormick. mr wain. mr jackson. mr jonston. mr bramhall. wood work lol mrs elseby. infant lol mr stewart. mrs stewrart. english i was in class f5 in the prefab part next to ramsdale's gardening lol


257 Sun March 06 2011 - 20:31:14
Fullname: jean knott
Email: jeanknott@live.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: benchill
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: park avenue
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: benchill
Where do you now reside?: stafford
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: i would like to trace people i knew before i left in 1957 anyone who lived in park avenue around that time or who went to benchill school or whalley range


258 Sat March 05 2011 - 05:51:18
Fullname: david john evans
Email: d47evans@fsmail.net
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: at home in sharston
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: stancliffe road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: oldwood primary/sharston secondary
Where do you now reside?: cheadle hulme cheshire
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: born and raised in sharston had the rent office right behind the house so if the rent was missed they came knocking at the front was sharston school so no chance of bunking off. was in the cubs and scouts at st lukes church and the boys brigade at st mathews in woodhouse park. joined the TA and was based at sharston halls stables. got married and moved away in 1968 to wilmslow and then to cheadle hulme.


259 Fri February 25 2011 - 10:05:04
Fullname: Carol Davis as I was back then
Email: nagmad@netspace.
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Wythenshawe
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Stoneacre Road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Moss Nook
Where do you now reside?: Perth Western Australia
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: Would be very pleased to hear from anyone that knows me Not been in UK since 1974 so you may all have to put your thinking caps on to remember me, It would probably be mostly from school


260 Fri February 25 2011 - 09:52:52
Fullname: Carol Davies
Email: nagmad@netspace.net.au
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Wythenshawe
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Stoneacre Road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Moss Nook High
Where do you now reside?: Perth Australia
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: Trying to catch up with old friends Please email me if you were one


261 Sun February 20 2011 - 23:38:52
Fullname: Anthony Crolla
Email: tonycrolla@comcast.net
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: benchill
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: longlevens
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: St Anthony's and All Hallows
Where do you now reside?: Naples, Florida
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: Love to hear from anyone who remembers me


262 Thu February 17 2011 - 09:44:16
Fullname: john holden
Email: johnbernieholden@aapt.net.au
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: manchester
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: chesterton
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: yewtree high
Where do you now reside?: australia
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: hope everyone is good keep posting the good news


263 Thu February 17 2011 - 05:28:02
Fullname: susan chadwick
Email: susan.chadwick93@ntlworld.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: withington hospital
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: mossack avenue
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: poundswick
Where do you now reside?: oldham
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: hi i went to poundswick from 1960 - 1965. All my cousins went too. I remember stella gibbon, paul nicholson, the goodwins, rita foy, pat johnson, would be great to hear from anybody that knows me.


264 Sat February 12 2011 - 02:04:25
Fullname: Pamela Owen
Email: powen39@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: Pamela Owen
Where were you born?: oxford road st marys
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: benchill crescent,
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: benchill primary,baguley hall,newall green
Where do you now reside?: brooklands,manchester
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: Have some fond memories of school,especially Baguley Hall,was brought up in wythenshawe,still visit the areas I lived and cant believe how different the old places look now,iremember Shentons Farm and the shop at the end of stancliffe road and was a member of the Woodcraft Folk,we met in the old co-op building opposite netto,would be good to hear from anyone that might remember me,trained at wythenshawe hospital in 1972,was born in 1954.


265 Sat February 12 2011 - 02:03:40
Fullname: Pamela Owen
Email: powen39@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: Pamela Owen
Where were you born?: oxford road st marys
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: benchill crescent,
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: benchill primary,baguley hall,newall green
Where do you now reside?: brooklands,manchester
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: Have some fond memories of school,especially Baguley Hall,was brought up in wythenshawe,still visit the areas I lived and cant believe how different the old places look now,iremember Shentons Farm and the shop at the end of stancliffe road and was a member of the Woodcraft Folk,we met in the old co-op building opposite netto,would be good to hear from anyone that might remember me,trained at wythenshawe hospital in 1972,was born in 1954.


266 Fri February 11 2011 - 17:58:07
Fullname: patricia neild
Email: herloom@gmail.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: crumpsall
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: staithes road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: st Paters' St Anthonys
Where do you now reside?: Armidale NSW OZ
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: omments: My family moved to Woodhouse park in 1950 from Collyhurst.I have two sisters Barbara and Joan, still in uk. I married Peter Bradshaw in 1970 and emigrated to Oz same year. Now divorced still friends I moved to a small farm two years ago and love the contact I get from my early years. Would love to hear from anyone in this group who might remember me or either of my sisters. The site is so good to read. Maybe some of its aussie residents might like to email me about getting a reunion of wythyites. Love to all


267 Thu February 10 2011 - 04:08:34
Fullname: Adrienne Pyke
Email: adenjack@aol.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Manchester
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Tranby Close and Longwood Road, Crossacres
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Sharston
Where do you now reside?: Near Crewkerne
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: Happy childhood in Crossacres, Wythenshawe from 1944 in Longwood Road. Remember playing "Ticky grid" out in the road, only one or two cars in those days. Safe easy free. "Fishing" in the wood, catching newts, climbing the trees. Peel Hall Farm with the moat, stream, shire horses and fields. What happened to it? Shopping and the Library at Hollyhedge shops. Loved that library, discovered the joys of reading there. St Johns Church (on Benchill Road?) near Sharston School with its little corner for children. Hated Sharston School, Miss Watts, Mr Fox, Mrs Abbott the Head, Miss Whittle. Loved going to the pictures in Gatley. Picnics in Wythenshawe Park..... is the House still stsnding? It was fun. Cheers to anyone who remembers me or my younger sisters. We moved south in 1955.


268 Tue February 08 2011 - 03:51:42
Fullname: Alan Jay
Email: alanisback@shaw,ca
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Fallowfield
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: 13, Fancroft Road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Bebchill elementary
Where do you now reside?: British Columbia, Canada
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: My parents, sister and I lived at 13 Fancroft Road, in the early forties. (same house as your ex-pat David Samuel Pritchard, apparently). I came to Canada in 1965 to work in newapeper journalism until I retired in 1995. My big pal in those early Fancroft days was Tommy Weaver and I was madly in love with a girl called Marion who lived in a house across the road. Much later, we went dancing at a hall in Royal Oak and I had a girlfriend called Joyce who lived on Greenbrow Road. Last visited the UK in 1985 and was shocked at the extent of change. I guess it has changed even more by now!


269 Mon February 07 2011 - 13:36:57
Fullname: vincent berry
Email: vincentberry199@msn.com
Homepage URL: n/a
Where were you born?: wythenshawe
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: melvin ave
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: mayfiar crossacres south manceester
Where do you now reside?: derby
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: moved away long time ago


270 Wed February 02 2011 - 07:51:49
Fullname: Victoria Gottfreund was Judge
Email: vgottfreund@yahoo.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Ashton-u-Lyne
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Crowland Rd, Cornishway
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Woodhouse Park Infant
Where do you now reside?: Blackpool
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: My dad Steve was born on Brownlow Road and the family lived on Cornishway for most of their lives!


271 Tue February 01 2011 - 16:19:12
Fullname: ann hughes
Email: mancityaandd@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: me
Where were you born?: salford
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: shayfield ave
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: benchill sharston high
Where do you now reside?: glasgow
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: hi anyone from sharston in 64 68


272 Thu January 27 2011 - 03:30:03
Fullname: steve white
Email: steveaberwhite@hotmail.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: uxbridge middx
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: oakmoor rd - heybrook rd
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: baguley hall - west wythenshawe tech
Where do you now reside?: isle of wight
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: my family have a history of wythenshawe as in three generations - i was born in london due to my father working there - my family lived in baguley , newall green ,royaloak , benchhill- my favorite chip shop always woodhouse park - my mother dated harry h corbet [steptoe ] from benchhill. my dad drank with actor john thaw in the newall green pub . jimmy saville and the beatles had there visit to wythenshawe to have a drink in a freinds house in baguley . geore best dated a girl two doors away from us in oakmoor [ picked her up in his etype - love to wythenshawe . steve .


273 Tue January 25 2011 - 20:27:12
Fullname: trevor simpson
Email: trevorsimpson9@yahoo.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: hulme
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: mossdale road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: yew tree high sale road
Where do you now reside?: blackpool
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: i moved away from wythenshawe many years ago, but i have very fond memories of ex school friends and mates such as ian withers,steve lees,joe cunliffe, gail thomlinson, bev moores,steve sharp,paul huggins,tony holden, johnny wilson,denise kelsall and many many more. i still go to old trafford occasionally though,lol. cheers everyone.


274 Mon January 24 2011 - 00:55:35
Fullname: david samuel pritchard
Email: dpritchard06@aol.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: wales
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: 13 fancroft road/then 5 mottershead rd
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: danesford school Conglton cheshiremy family lived on fancroft rd
Where do you now reside?: bradford west yorks
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: my family lived on fancroft rd for abouy ten years. then moved to number 5 mottershead road in 1953 untill 1992,great memories/ great fun happy days


275 Sun January 23 2011 - 18:39:17
Fullname: Arthur Terrill
Email: arthurterrill@ntlworld.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Wythenshawe Hospital
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Torridon Walk, Woodhouse Park
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Oldwood Junior & Poundswick High
Where do you now reside?: Aylesbury, Bucks
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: Left Poundswick in 1976 after 6th form, was in 5P before that. Sad to see what happened to the school in the years that followed.


276 Sat January 22 2011 - 17:18:25
Fullname: steve clifford
Email: stephen.b.clifford@googlemail.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: wythenshawe
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: braintree road woodhouse park
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: haveley hey poundswick grammar
Where do you now reside?: stockport
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: see the poundswick link on facebook and if any has any more photos to add it would be great


277 Sat January 22 2011 - 14:36:08
Fullname: David Murphy
Email: ehengineering@iinet.net.au
Homepage URL: URL
Where were you born?: Ardwick 1940
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Dunbar Ave
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Benchill Primary&Baguley Hall SM
Where do you now reside?: Western Australia
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: My previous email address was wrong,apologies for any inconvenience.I lived in Heywood House flats & attended Armitage St.school until we moved to Newall Green 1949.Attended Benchill Primary then Baguley Hall SM leaving in 1956.Served apprenticeship at Metro/ vicks & AEI,at Traffofd Park & West Wythenshawe.Can anyone tell me what happened to AEI ? Married Wendy Cooke from Honford Rd Benchill 1962. (yes we're still together)Wendy was a tracer at Ferrantis Shadowmoss Rd. Left for Australia 1963.Never been back,I'd to remember the place as it was then,good for kids!Looking to find old friends,Mike Richardson,Ken Jones(jonah)Denise Platt(nee Brownsell)Phylis Dewhurst(nee Bradshaw)Roger Barratt,Trevor Jones,Tony Campion,Brian Parker & anyone I haven't mentioned but should have.Or anyone who just want to say G'day.Had a torrid time at home but great place for kids to grow up in. Beat wishes to you all David Murphy


278 Fri January 21 2011 - 21:21:41
Fullname: David Deanshaw
Email: david@fyldene.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Solway Road
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Greenbrow Road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Sharston Junior
Where do you now reside?: Warwickshire
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: Please change my earlier email, it got corrupted.


279 Fri January 21 2011 - 10:09:24
Fullname: jack collins
Email: rogerjack@westnet.com.au
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: openshaw
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: peartree walk
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: havely hey and mossnook
Where do you now reside?: fremantle wa
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: any body remember me ?


280 Mon January 10 2011 - 16:57:04
Fullname: PETE BESWICK
Email: PETE BESWICKSNR @GOOGLEMAIL.COM
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: WYTHENSHAWE
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: CEDARS ROAD
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: SOUTH WYTHENSHAWE HIGH
Where do you now reside?: WALTON ,WETHERBY
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: BORN AND BRED IN WYTHENSHAWE AND PROUD OF IT,ANY BODY WHO WENT TO SCHOOL WITH ME ,IT WOULD BE GREAT TO TALK AGAIN ABOUT OLD TIMES ,GOT LOADS OF MAGIC MEMORIES.


281 Sat January 08 2011 - 11:31:29
Fullname: John Dowdall
Email: johndowdall52@yahoo.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Withington Hospital
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Bowland Road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Sacred Heart Primary School
Where do you now reside?: Gold Coast Australia
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: Trying to find old friends.


282 Sat January 08 2011 - 07:42:26
Fullname: graham broadley
Email: bgfbroadley@hotmail.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: manchester
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: staithes road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: wythenshawe tech
Where do you now reside?: australia
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: We lived at 58 staithes road and remember a few of the neighbours names - Read Pearson Abbott Holmes Coleman Rayner Shaw Fox Hames Larlam . There used to be big truck parked in the road with "DACES" on the side. We moved to Poynton in 1962 . I have fond memories of my childhood, lots of kids to play with and places to go on my bike.


283 Tue January 04 2011 - 20:19:31
Fullname: June Worsley
Email: june.kw@ntlworld.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Withington Hospital
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Rottingdene Drive & Selstead Rd
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Poundswick - Junior, Lower & Upper (left 1979)
Where do you now reside?: Rawtenstall, Rosendale, Lancashire.
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: Excellent Site, I Have enjoyed browsing it. It's a good thing we all have our memories because Wythenshawe is so different now. Woodhouse park is completely unrecognisable!!!


284 Thu December 30 2010 - 05:22:36
Fullname: john william cullen
Email: johncullen2005@hotmail.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: ardwick manchester
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: oakmoor road, stash grove
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: royal oak primary, baguley hall secondary modern
Where do you now reside?: burscough west lancs
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: manchester united


285 Wed December 29 2010 - 12:59:33
Fullname: Linda Stanley
Email: lindast50@gmail.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Manchester
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Homewood Road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Bazeley Road School
Where do you now reside?: Perth, Western Australia
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: I lived with my Aunt Peggy, Uncle George and Cousin Susan at 76 Homewood Road, Wythenshawe while my father went to America for work reasons. After that we lived in Heaton Moor, Didsbury Road. We lived here several times whilst on long leave from where we lived in Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia.


286 Wed December 29 2010 - 09:51:43
Fullname: jack collins
Email: rogerjack@westnet.com.au
Homepage URL: url
Where were you born?: openshaw
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: peartree walk
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: moss nook
Where do you now reside?: western australia
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: hi i left HAVELEY HAY IN 1956 AND WENT TO MOSS NOOK TILL 1962 . USED TO GO IN THE PORTWAY PUB .MOVED TO OZ IN 1970


287 Tue December 28 2010 - 14:49:51
Fullname: rose whittaker
Email: rosedingwall@hotmail.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: wythenshawe hospital
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: newhey road,benchill
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: st.john`s woodhouse lane,cardinal newman
Where do you now reside?: london
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: some lovely memories of hot sunny days in wythenshawe park,still go back to visit mum now and then..wouldn`t live there again though....onwards and upwards as they say


288 Sat December 25 2010 - 03:37:23
Fullname: Julie Donnelly (nee McGee)
Email: oakmoor49@hotmail.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Oakmoor Road, Wythenshawe
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Oakmoor Road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: St Peters then Loreto, Moss Side
Where do you now reside?: Murcia , Spain
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: Moved to Middlesex in '62 when I was 13. Got married in '67 and still married. Had 3 children and 8 grand children.We moved to Spain in 2007. I haven't been back to Wythenshawe since I got married but still keep in touch with Gwen. Would be interested to know what others are doing now. I remember my classmates Marnie Metcalf(her father was Head at St Peters) Christopher Ward, Christopher Grimes, Catherine Conway, Claire Bradshaw, Stephen Corcoran and John McMahon to name a few. Any body remembers me can email.


289 Fri December 17 2010 - 20:19:58
Fullname: james moran
Email: jvm1941@yahoo.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Ireland
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Alderue avenue
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: St Johns,and st columbe,s
Where do you now reside?: Wales
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: just found site and looking for old friends


290 Thu December 16 2010 - 15:53:25
Fullname: Philip Evans
Email: phil_evans_uk2003@yahoo.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Withington hospital
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Barnwood road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Newall Green High
Where do you now reside?: Lichfield nr Birmingham
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: Lived in Wythenshawe till 1970's moved to Warrington then went to Sydney Australia in 1997 till 2003. Came back and now live in the middle of a field in Lichfield near Birmingham


291 Wed November 24 2010 - 18:02:48
Fullname: Mary Fallon (Nee Whyte)
Email: maryminstrelsong@googlemail.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Suffolk
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Rodborough Road Baguley
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Royal Oak School 1949-1951 Then Loreto College, Moss Side.
Where do you now reside?: Wiltshire
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: A friend sent me his new address as Hale and it brought back memories of cycling to Altrincham Baths and also watching down a lane in Baguley Fireworks display which we were told were in Hale. So I looked up googlemaps to find out proximities etc of the places well remembered of old haunts, schools, summer holidays when we spent sunny days going to Ringway where we would buy penny lollies at 'The Bungalow' or if we had more money Eldorado (?) ice creams. We gathered blackberries by the pound to make jams and jellies. We would be screamed at when we tried to bring mayblossom into our houses as it was 'unlucky'. We would bring back leaf mould to encourage growth of flowers and rhubarb in our new council house gardens. James and I used to skate all over Baguley on my skates, each of us having one each and race each other down a long stretch of Firbank Road. We sang like angels then, and would carol sing together making old ladies cry at our renditions. Both os uf were in our respective church choirs. He was a 'proddy dog' and I was a 'catty cat'. Coming from Ancoats where my mother taught at George Leigh Street School to teach at Royal Oak School in the 'baby boomer' explosion years with 58 in her infants class, my brother Bernard, and my sister Jo all came to Royal Oak School as well. I loved it after Ancoats where it was bomb damaged and fairly grimy which was a shock after going there from Buxton in 44. So going to Baguley was a dream, as someone else has said it was like winning the pools. Our own bath with hot and cold water and the loo in the house! Luxury! Our lives changed and all of us passed our eleven plus. Bernard went to Xaverian. Remember being called snobs by those who went to Yew Tree School, but they were still friends. The name Cuniffe looms large. Our next door neighbours. Tishy, and Ber, soon to be joined by more babies to their paents Kathleen and Wilf. We were catholics so saw our church built, St Peter's which I believe was pulled down. The names, John Corfield, Anne Keppy, James Fox, Pat Carney, the Cullen Boys and 'The Gang' all boys which I followed about and wanted to join in their forays round all the new building sites playing dangerously in the wood stacks. I formed my own gang in one of the abandoned nissen huts that the workmen had for their tools and lunches. But the names at my beloved Royal Oak are mainly, a wonderful teacher called Miss Oates who read stories from Enid Blyton Books every afternoon (Ugh!) wouldn't let my kids read them when I re-read them years later!! But she gave us all a love of the countryside to us all and I used to come top in exams with Collette Kennedy (have often wondered if she was any realtion to Kevin Kennedy of Corrers which I still watch. I still have my nature book that I had with her and all the plants and animals to be flound in our countryside. Mr Cotter a brilliant teacher, who we had scrap books with our favourite themes in. Ballet, Mount Everest waiting to be conquered and one about Current affairs. Then unknown to me, my mother got me promoted to Mrs Williams 4A class as my preliminary scholarship results were one of the highest in the school. I hated her and the headteacher a spiteful man called Mr Bryce who were so obviously furious at this and were very scathing to me in front of the rest of the class. Mr Bryce only seemed to like little boys especially if they had Scottish names. But friends at that school, Julia or Denise Naden, Michael Morgan who I believe went to a cathedral choir school. David Donaldson who went to Chorlton, his father was a policeman and Sheila Rutter whose father was an inventor. She had beautiful red hair in curls. She went to Whalley Range High School. Christine Russell, Michael Windsor who came from Brooklands to Royal Oak School. I used to travel with a free bus pass to Loreto College in Moss Side on either the 101 or 102 bus from Baguley and had some friends from Wythenshawe that went there. Jean Lewis, Winnie Maher, Pauline Simpson, Ann Wilson. We lived near Shenton's Farm that someone in one of your mails had wanted information on. Farmer Shenton and his wife were good friends to my single parent mother and he used to deliver milk on a milk float pulled by a horse. Neighbours would follow the horse cart to gather manure from the horse for their roses. When his cows calved he would let my mother have what is known as 'beastings', the rich first milk that a cow yields after birth which could be boiled, with sugar and vanilla added to it and used to make custard tarts. It was delicious. Forerunner to Creme brulee? He let my mother have a boiling foul for our first Christmas ever with a bird dinner which was boiled then roasted and was the most delicious meal we had ever had at the time. Still rationing those days. We had many an Ice Cream van come round Rodborough Road and our favourite was from Marco Rea's as the man would yell out "Ice Creamio, creami-o-o" They were 2d with a dash of raspberry. There were others. Enziano's and others too far away to remember. We played hopscotch safely in the road. We would do French Skipping, play marbles, two balls, handstands, hide and seek and make pies out of the concrete we found on the building sites all around us, making patterns in the quickly drying concrete. Seen my old house on googlemaps and wonder what the inside is like now. Old metal windows replaced by double glazing with some style. I was in the Girl Guides where we met in another of the old Nissen hits down Greenbrow Road and we went camping in Mobberly and were allowed a private visit to the lake at Tatton Hall. The River Bollin where we were allowed to swim if we had the skill, which I had at Ancoats Baths in the later forties. No tourists then at Tatton Hall. We went on hikes and won badges for skills acquired. I made my first ever map for one of the badges and have had a love and a skill of reading maps ever since passed on to my son who is a Town Planner. I still think back fondly of Baguley, Royal Oak, Wythenshawe Park, and the Forum cinema where we saw Red Shoes, Hans Christian Andersen with Danny Kaye and at Christmas, pantomimes. Northenden where Wilfred Pickles used to live in a house called 'Avago' and visiting a friend of my mother's called Mrs Bun who was a baker's wife where we were occasionally gifted CAKES! We had many pedlars at our doors in those days including genuine Romanies in authentic costumes selling pegs, knitted dish cloths and offering to tell fortunes. A library book man, with added sweets in his big suitcase. Farmer Shenton once caught me scrumping apples with James Fox and James ran off leaving me trembling there............he knew who I was, so thought it pointless running away and my 'Mam' would thrash me...........he leaned over to me and said "Get many?" Then filled my skirt pockets with lots more and windfalls and told me to give regards to my Mother saying gto cook them first! A long story but so many happy formative year memories after a fairly poor and abusive one in Ancoats at the end of the war. (Another story).


292 Thu November 18 2010 - 00:29:31
Fullname: Evelyn Potts nee Murphy
Email: nevandeve@gmail.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Hulme Manchester
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Newhey ave & Bampton rd,
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: St Johns and Columbas
Where do you now reside?: Thailand
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: Hi, I have just found your site by accident and was pleased to find someone who was the head tracer at Ferannti shadowmoss rd, only eight years after I left,would like to get in touch with her but couldn't find her again, could you please help? or do I go through all the letters again, Kind regards Evelyn.


293 Mon November 15 2010 - 15:34:10
Fullname: David Murphy
Email: ehengineerig@iinet.net.au
Homepage URL: URL
Where were you born?: Ardwick 1940
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Dunbar Ave
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Benchill Primary&Baguley Hall SM
Where do you now reside?: Western Australia
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: Lived in Heywood House flats until 1949.Attended Armitage St School.Benchill Primary until 1952,then Baguley HallSM until 1956.Apprentiship at Metro/Vicks.Married Wendy Cooke from Honford Rd.1962.Left for Ausralia 1963.Peter Iddon,Mike Richardson,Denise Platt(neeBrownsell)Phyliss Dewhurst(neeBradshaw)Ken Jones,Colin Bell,Trevor Jones(AEI)Brian Parker,Roger Barrett,Alan Puller,Tony Campion&anyone else who I associated with,please EMail.Best regards to all. David


294 Sat November 13 2010 - 21:11:36
Fullname: Debra Bowden nee Coombes
Email: debrabowden@msn.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: oldam
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: oakmere close
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: haveley hey infants/juniors and poundswick high school
Where do you now reside?: stretford manchester
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: I grew up in Wthenshawe and have lots of great memories of both schools and my life there. my two favourite places were the forum baths and library if i wasnt at one i was at the other. life at home wasnt to good and these were my escape places.


295 Sun October 24 2010 - 16:53:57
Fullname: Elaine Renshaw
Email: elaine_renshaw@yahoo.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Lawton Moor Rd. Northern Moor
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Saltdene Road, Woodhouse Park
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Woodhouse Pk Primary, Yew Tree Comprehensive
Where do you now reside?: Back in Wythenshawe
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: I find myself back in Wythenshawe after living in a variety of places. Would like to hear from anyone from Yew Tree in late 50's early 60's.I left in 1962.


296 Sat October 23 2010 - 05:17:33
Fullname: debra cryne
Email: debbiestapleton1@hotmail,co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: wytheshawe
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: pewsey rd
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: yew tree
Where do you now reside?: bournemouth
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: woud love to hear from you all


297 Fri October 22 2010 - 20:08:26
Fullname: Charlotte Carlton
Email: charlotte_putty@live.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: Wythenshawe
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: Bowley Ave, Foxfield Road, Cranesbill Close.
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: Olwdwood, Newall Green juniors, newall green high.
Where do you now reside?: Hull
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: Moved to Hull when i was 15, i miss Manchester, all the friends i made, i did not have a choice about leaving, but i have started from scratch.


298 Sun October 17 2010 - 23:53:44
Fullname: john mackenzie
Email: johnmack363@live.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: boothhall, manchester
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: greenbrow road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: oldwood junior
Where do you now reside?: scotland
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: any information as regarding class members between 1966 - 1970 thanks.


299 Thu October 14 2010 - 10:40:49
Fullname: mark anthony perry
Email: peza260599@yahoo.co.uk
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: withington hospital
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?: exbourne road
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: st anthony , st john plessington
Where do you now reside?: walsall
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester United
Comments: left to live in walsall when i was 14 in 1981 when my parents moved here, been stuck here ever since :( .


300 Mon October 11 2010 - 16:13:39
Fullname: Kevin McGrail
Email: jsilk@sky.com
Homepage URL:
Where were you born?: prestbury hospital
What streets did you live on in Wythenshawe?:
What Schools did you attend in Wythenshawe?: St Peters St Greggs
Where do you now reside?: Haughton Green
Red or Blue Supporter: Manchester City
Comments: Born 1949, moved to Whythenshaw 1954 til Jan 1966. Lived in the flats on Bowler Drive off Green brow Road. Remember being in the gully gang, playing football and cricket. Remember playing in the fields by Bowler Drive, fields replced by the motorway now. Aquiring apples and golf balls a plenty!!

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