I have lived in Stalybridge since 1997 and love it. I like the nearness of the country side and how whichever way you look you can see the hills, I love the river and canal we have running through the town and gorgeous old buildings and bridges. I also love the passion of the place, the fighting spirit from the struggles of industrial revolution to the present day fight against the decline of the high street and new housing developments that threaten the individuality of the town.  I lalso like how easy it is to get a fix of a big city by jumping on a train to Manchester or Leeds or Liverpool.

I like history, I love to nosy around old building and enjoy reading stories about people in times gone by; I am interested in the big stories of Kings and Queens and famous battles but I am even more interested a local stories about local people. I write the blog cockerhill.com about the historic Cocker Hill conservation area that is within Stalybridge.

Through my Cocker Hill blog I met a lovely gentleman, Jim Plant, who gave me his collection of old photographs of Stalybridge. Some of the photos he has taken himself and some he inherited from a friend of his father. My job is to add to the collection with photos of Stalybridge as it is now for future generations and to share those old photos of Stalybridge with everyone who is interested, I hope you like them.

Please leave a comment if you enjoy the photos and especially if they bring back any memories you’d like to share.

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All the best, thanks for reading.


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  1. Emma Brown March 31, 2016 / 11:18 am

    Hi, I was wondering if you had or know of any old pictures of the Fairclough’s Dairy on Shepley Street at the bottom of Stalybridge? I have tried a few websites and places but have found nothing.
    Thanks Emma

    • Stephanie April 2, 2016 / 7:34 pm

      Hi I don’t but I do have a great photo of a Faircloughs ice cream van in Stamford Park. Are they connected?

    • Stephanie November 2, 2016 / 5:58 pm

      Hi Emma – I’ve just had a comment on another blog of mine from a gentleman who remembers Faircloughs dairy – do you want me to ask if I can give you his email address? Steph

  2. Geoff Kirkham October 6, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Born in Stalybridge 1938 Hamilton St. In 1948 I lived in West St. and as a treat was sent to Faircloughs van at Stamford Park the firm had a site in Shepley St. Where they had an outdoor serving counter. It was the best ice cream I have ever tasted! I have lived in Mid Suffolk for the last 34yrsbut I am still a ‘bridge’ lad approaching 80.
    I have photos of whit walks 1947/1951. At aged 18 played piano at the Juntion Inn next to the canal at weekends and played the church organ on a Sunday then cycled down to the pub which did not meet the approval of my mother!

    • Stephanie November 2, 2016 / 6:02 pm

      Hi Geoff – lovely to hear from you, glad you still remember us in Stalybridge.

      I have a lovely photo of the Faircloughs Ice Cream van in Stamford Park – I’ll try and email it over. I love your story about playing the organ in Church and then cycling down to the pub. Its not unknown for my husband to play his guitar in Church and the wander across to the pub! All the best Steph

  3. Sarah Blackmore March 29, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Hi I don’t know if I’m contacting the right people but I’m looking for information on an old stain glass shop that use to be in the area. My friends dad use to work there and make the glass but he passed away when she was young and hasnt got a lot of info on the store.

    • Stephanie April 24, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Hi Sarah I’m sorry I don’t know anything about a local stained glass manufacturer. You could ask “Stalybridge Town” to ask about it on their Facebook group they have thousands of members who are usually keen to help. http://www.stalybridgetown.com. Another useful website to ask would be Tameside Family History. http://www.tamesidefamily history.co.uk. Good Luck.

  4. Harry Moore July 22, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    Read my book ‘My Song is Love Unknown’ set in Stalybridge on the 1960s. Available thorough Amazon in paperback or kindle. It mentions many of the sites on your website.

  5. JOHN ALLSOPP August 30, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    I am sharing your page on face book thankyou for sharing. fb ( I grew up in Stalybridge ) face book page John A

    • Stephanie August 31, 2018 / 2:55 pm

      Thank you

  6. Rob Hall April 1, 2019 / 1:45 am

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone has any pics or information about Stalybridge Preparatory School? I live in Canada but went there as a boy in the early 1960’s.any info would be helpful, thankyou

  7. Rob Hall April 1, 2019 / 1:48 am

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone has any pictures or information about Stalybridge preparatory school? I live in Canada but went to school there in the early 1960’s. Thankyou, sincerely, Robert Hall

  8. David Stelfox July 16, 2019 / 2:26 pm

    Do you happen to have any information or photos from Mottram Old Road in Stalybridge?

  9. Louise Bangee June 20, 2020 / 11:51 am

    Do you happen to have nay photos of what I think was called “The Supper Bar” – a fish & chip shop on Market Street in Stalybridge. It was my grandparents and we have no photos!

    • Stephanie July 9, 2020 / 4:24 pm

      I don’t think so – what was the address? Do you know what it was near or what shop it is now so I know where I’m looking? Regards Steph

      • Louise Bangee July 9, 2020 / 6:52 pm

        Hi Steph,
        36 Market St Stalybridge.
        It was in the next block to the Palace Cinema, next to the Chip Shop was a ladies hairdressers, the chip shop is now a Indian restaurant.
        Thx Louise

    • Harry Moore July 10, 2020 / 1:25 pm

      I remember it, under the arches near the Palace cinema

  10. cath ward June 25, 2020 / 3:48 pm

    I loved learning to swim at Stalybridge Baths. Ladies only pool was open to men on Thursdays so Dad taught me then. After for 9d there were the delights of tea, coffee ( a posh drink in the 50s) or chicken soup, all from the same spout in the vending machine! I think my teacher was a Mrs Carr or Lowe but not sure. I never liked the mixed pool ; it felt too noisy and the tiles were gritty. The ladies only pool has cabins with green canvas curtains and were a source of much mischief for little boys!

    • Stephanie July 9, 2020 / 4:26 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Lovely to hear from you. A ladies only pool sounds a luxury.

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