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 managed in those days. My mum would go to the wash house or Moston Lane weekly to do the washing should be gone all day. My dad would say “take a brew to your mother” halfway through the day. I think she enjoyed it, though. She met her friends and gossiped.
There was no bath in the house either. We’d go to the wash house on Moston Lane. The building’s still there. We’d go into a big bath there. Just before we moved, they used to bring showers to the school yard Christchurch school in Harpurhey, you could shower there. And we’d go swimming once per week. We’d walk come rain or snow.
In Harpurhey we’d would go to a health shop to get biscuits, I swear they were dog biscuits the more I think about it.
When we moved to Langley was beautiful. Four bed hous,e fields behind us. And when we walked in my dad went to the light switch and he said “on off on off on off”. We were amazed. I never had electricity before.
There was no shops at first, I was 14 when we moved in 1957 so they were building them.They had a van that went round – it took him all day so f you missed him, so that was it. You’d have to go to Middleton. We had a bread man and a milkman.
There was nothing no school no shops no pubs nothing.
Then they built the school, and a youth club at Demense. It was brilliant. Lots of people from Manchester had heard about it, and would jump on the bus to come. It was our only entertainment.
Lots of our neighbours came up here too. The churches were built early, even though they were only huts. The Catholic Church was one of the first buildings and there was a nunnery next to our house