Growing a family

When I got married in 1975, we had a flat over the shops in Darnhill. When my son came along, we needed something bigger. We rented off a little old lady and the house was on Bamford Road. The house had an outside toilet and a tin bath by the fire. One new year, my […]

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Neighbours becoming family

I remember winter time, sledging on fields near where we lived, the bonfires on bonfire night and all the neighbours used to do black peas. I remember calling all the neighbours aunty and uncles. At night, we had to wear thick pyjamas and thick blankets. I remember the snow being up to the window sill. […]

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Memories of Snow

I was five when I moved to Langley. The first winter with the kids next door, the snow was up to my waist and I nearly vanished building a snow man. The windows were like frosted glass. When it was snowing blizzards and the coal man couldn’t get up the hill to deliver our coal, […]

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Playing Out

I remember me and my brother getting a bread crate and sliding down the steps at the Moonraker pub. I remember Kevin Walshes getting licko and chocolate nibbles. I remember playing on the labour club when it was derelict.  Louisa

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Now and Then – Langley

The neighbourhood is dark and dreary, Boarded up houses, people weary. Pensioners with nowhere to go Families just putting on a show. Everyone trying to do their best Living their lives in this great big mess! That’s what I thought before I found Community centres all around. Places of activity Groups for them and for […]

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First Christmas in Darnhill

My first Christmas was in 1967. My daughter Helen was 2 months old. It was lovely. We had Christmas dinner at my mother-in-laws. It was a lovely atmosphere. My husband was from Higher Openshaw. He came with his mum and dad. I came from Bacup so it was a smashing atmosphere, everybody was very friendly. […]

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Growing up in Langley

I came to Langley with my mum and dad when I was just a baby and we lived in the flats on Rowrah Crescent just overlooking the Golf Course. I remember the coal fire we had and burning my fingers on a piece of coal. I was only about 4 or 5. I remember the […]

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St. Margaret’s School Memories

Church services and Sunday School were held in St. Margaret’s School for a number of years before we raised enough money to build a church. We were made welcome by the people from St. James’ Church and my school was very welcoming to all who came. My 3 children started school there. There was a […]

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Christmas hymns

When St. Margarets Church played Christmas music every Christmas Eve they were the best days. For some reason they’ve stopped but, I would love nothing more than to hear them play Christmas songs again to share the memory with my children.

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Old and Young

My Gran lived at the end house before the school on Sutherland Rd. She always sat in the window reading and when the children were going to school, she’d wave her hanky at them. When she died in 1989, they brought the children to the railings and they all waved a hanky. She was 93. […]

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80 years in Middleton

I’ve lived in Middleton for 80-odd years. My name is William, I was born in a cottage in Middleton. It was a very old terrace and on that road there was a small shop in one of the houses (which my maternal grandmother worked at). At the end of the row was a Co-operative Society […]

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Moving to Langley

I came from Wythenshawe and came to Langley in the 50’s. I lived on my own in a flat. It had a little bit of a garden and had one bedroom. It was all farmland and there was a corner shop. I met my husband in 1961, got married and we stayed in the flat. […]

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A right bargain!

My Aunty Lynda and Terrence have lived next door for 53 years. They are the original people from when the house was built. She has lived there for that long that when she bought the house it was only £14,000! L Ashton

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Read the Overspill Book

The Overspill book was posted out to participants of the Overspill Project in September and October 2020. Copies of the book have also been made available for collection at Heywood, Middleton, Darnhill & Langley libraries. To read it online click the link below.

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Sheila

The estate was all new and clean. We thought we’d moved to the country! Not many houses were here at the time – they were building new houses all around us, I lived with my granny till we moved to Langley. My mam had a tow up and two down at Newton Heath, outside toilet, […]

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Cath

I lived in Collyhurst and moved to Bowness road in 1964. OMG there was such a huge difference! From cobbled streets, back yards, no bath or toilet inside – we felt like we were in the country. Posh! The first time I stepped inside Our Lady’s Church on Wood St I felt like I was […]

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Back from the future: a poem by Robin Parker

This poem was written at an Overspill workshop led by poet John Lindley which the Langley Writers took part in in November 2019. Back from the future Eight immigrants, Indigenous population absent, Writing in refurbished Community centre, Heading for mists of history. Riverside from Merseyside Control Bowlee Park, Control most of overspill. Rest consisting of […]

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10 kids in the house!

I was born in 1943, in Harpurhey in a two up and two down. 10 kids in the house! There my grandma lived next door, but one, so I spent a lot of time there. We only had cold water in the house, and no electricity. Flags on the floor in the kitchen. We just […]

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