I’ve been asked about Fairclough’s Dairy on Shepley St Stalybridge and whether I had any old photos. I don’t have pictures of the dairy but I do have a great picture of their ice cream van!
Fairclough’s was established in the early 1900s in Stalybridge and is currently run by Nicky Meola and his sons Bruno and Massimo. Their website is Faircloughsicecream.co.uk
One reader remembers being sent to the Fairclough’s van in Stamford Park for a treat and said that the ice cream was “the best he had ever tasted”. He also said that you could buy Fairclough’s ice cream from their dairy on Shepley Street where they had an outdoor serving counter. Another reader remembers horse-drawn carts taking ice cream from the dairy all over Stalybridge.
I found an article in the Manchester Evening News online with the tunes from local ice cream vans – Does this chime with you? – I found the tunes even more evocative than the old picture.
In my memory the old clinic was always a little run down with flaky blue and white paint but it looks pretty good here. It looks as though it would have been nice to work in with all the windows overlooking the river. The entrance was described as Old Street Stalybridge and is shown on this picture, with the carpark at the side, however I remember walking in to an entrance at the top of the building on Stanford Street.
The Clinic was built in the 1960’s and closed in 2004 when the staff moved into the New Clinic on Waterloo Road in Stalybridge.
The Clinic was demolished in the last couple of years and the site is privately owned and I understand flats will be built there once the housing market picks up locally.
My only memories of visiting the clinic were “parent craft classes” in 1999 when I was pregnant with my daughter and taking her there to be weighed after she was born. What about you?