Hear Jacqui, who was born in Langley, interviewing her friend Ivy who remembers moving to Langley from Collyhurst as a child.

You can’t believe how clean it looked, the amount of green there was. When you come from what was classed as slums – although we didn’t think that to all this open space, all this greenery. It was just out of this world, because you had an inside bath and an inside toilet, you had running water, you had a front and back garden that you could play in.

Hear a short clip from the interview here (full interview below):

Jacqui and Ivy outside Ivy’s home in Langley, September 2019

Hear the full interview here:


Interviewed by Jackie on the 23 July 2019. 

Q.        Where and when were you born? 

A.        I was born in Collyhurst in 1949, lived in a 2 up and 2 down with a back yard, outside toilet, tin bath, no running hot water, you had to boil your water for everything. It..It was a bit grimy, erm we lived with me Gran and Grandad and one of me Aunties and some of her children. 

0:49 Q.        Tell me about your life in Collyhurst before you came to the Langley Estate. 

0:58  A.        Erm..it was ..It was okay, erm, it was a bit. you had to play in the street outside. I remember me.. me Uncle, Ernie putting rope onto the street lights who were… cause that were, originally it were, it were gas and, and he made us a swing. I also remember that. I remember that erm.. Whit Week and doing the Whit walks with St James because I were christened at St James in Collyhurst and I went to school at St James so we did the Whit walks with Pop Henderson who was then the vicar. ………… Well I was born in 49  so it was up to erm 1949 1950 51 52……….erm It was just a 2 up 2 down   That would be around 1952.

2:17 Q.        Moving from Collyhurst to Langley Estate, what was that like? 

2:20 A.        Brilliant, you can’t believe how clean it looked, how the amount of green they was when you come from a.. um.. as what was classed as slums, although we didnt think that, to this, all this open space, this greenery. Er It was just er out of this world because you had an inside bath and an inside toilet, you had running water You had your own front and back garden that you could play in. 

There want.. want many buses, there was only one, the 163, the 121 and 122 hadn’t been done then. The tower blocks which have since been demolished wasn’t built then. There was erm.. one or two pubs, but there was a few still being built when we moved up. There was no Lakeland Court, that was built after. There was, there was, a Heber’s working mens club and it was a tin hut, a wooden hut  brown. There was the.. a couple of other pubs I can’t really remember much about pubs because I never went in them. 

3:48 Q.        Moving onto the estate, have you any memories of how it was.

3:51 A.         There was a lot of memories, going to school erm.. Langley Primary, er,. It, it was so big the estate we, we didn’t have, erm.. we had to come all the way from Bonscale down Windermere to go to church which was St Aiden’s then which has since been a club and now it’s back a church. We.. There was no All Saints and Martyrs and no St Marys.. St Marys was St Columbus on Windermere Road erm.. since that’s closed down now and that;s something else cause they built 2 churches. 

4:36  Q.        How was the transport on Langley then? 

 4:40 A.        Poor, you had the 163 for about a year and then they introduced the 122 which turned round in Middleton. There was no 163 that went to Bury, it went to Heywood, it went to Langley Lane and turned round and came back. There was no parks we used to go on the erm.. the Haywood mile to Queens Park or to Middleton to Hea… to the park in Middleton or Heaton Park. Oh aye there was there was one park down off Bowness road which was a long way for us with little legs, that had a paddling pool and that was good. 

5:28  Q.        How was your new life on Langley estate within the community? 

 5:32  A.        It wa’nt too bad, made friends, I’m not good at making friends but we had friand shops ends that had come up from Collyhurst because it was a clearance so we.. although we had new neighbours, we had people we knew as well and then when it snowed the big kids would get the crates off the milkman and pull em at the top of the hill, push us down on the crate and catch us at the bottom. 

6:09  Q.       How often did you go to the erm.. libraries and parks on the estate and the shops?

06:11 A.        Well we went to the on Bonscale crescent and the shops were at the bottom and then we went to Middleton, so like I say there was only the one park on Langley and that was on Bowness Road apart from that we used to go to Heaton Park or we’d go to Bellevue which was then a Zoo and an amusement park like Blackpool. 

6:50  Q.        Was there transport to the parks then or did you have to walk?

6:57  A.        We had to walk to er Bowness Road cos there was no bus on Windermere. There was o.. like I say there was only the 163 that went to Middleton or it went to, erm to Manchester where most of the people worked that moved up here. They worked in Manchester. 

7:23  Q.        How was Langley Estate from when you first moved up here until now?

7:29  A.        Well I’ve done the bit from when I moved up and it was absolutely brilliant but then it became run down. Manchester didn’t want us so they started to, to run it down and people didn’t want to move here, but then we had a new housing association that took over, that really put a lot of money into doing it up and now pe… there’s a waiting list and people want to live up here. 

Thank you Ivy for today and maybe speak to you again sometime. 

Yes of course. 

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