About

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.

You can also subscribe to the blog and then you get a quick email whenever a new photo is added and you can be one of the first to see it.

All the best, thanks for reading.

Steph/x

7 thoughts on “About

  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!
    Geoff.

    • 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.

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