Shops and Shopping

Shops and Shopping Looking at photographs of Openshaw in the 1950s, you might think that every street corner had a shop, and often another half way down. While that’s not quite true, there were certainly a lot of shops in Read more…

Openshaw Industry

A Quick History I grew up in an Openshaw that was dominated by industry, mainly light and heavy mechanical and electrical. The very first factories, though, in the Gorton and Openshaw area were mills, Gorton Mill in 1825, and the Read more…

Cinemas

Cinemas A comment by Tony Haigh about the Rex cinema took me back to my young childhood. I was a regular at the Rex on Saturday mornings for the latest cowboy picture, or Flash Gordon, with special effects that we Read more…

Houses

The development of Openshaw as we know it began in the 1850s, when the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire railway built Gorton Tank for the manufacture and repair of locomotives. Until then, Openshaw was a small village with a population of Read more…

What This Site is About

I was born in Openshaw in 1936 and lived there until I left for good in 1960. My father was born in Stoke on Trent, my mother in Clayton, Manchester, and I have always regretted that I never learned about Read more…