Fairclough’s Ice Cream

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.

Does this bring back any memories for you?


8 thoughts on “Fairclough’s Ice Cream

    • Stephanie April 24, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Looks like it! It is just the size mine would be if you cropped off my watermark. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll see what else he is selling – cheeky blighter.

  1. Donald Fairclough May 6, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Fairclough’s ice cream was developed by my great great grandmother in a shed at the rear of the house at the corner of Hamilton St. and Cumberland St. Stalybridge, (no.3).
    My gr.gr.grandparents, over time, bought all or most of the houses from 35 to 49 Hamilton St., one for each of their children, I spent my early years in no. 37.
    You will find my old photographs of Ann and Henry Fairclough, together with photos of two of their old carts,on the website of Fairclough’s ice cream Ltd.

    Stephanie, if you would like any of these photos, please let me know, and I will send them.

    • Stephanie May 7, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      Hi – Thanks for your message – I’d love to take a copy of the photos – thank you – I’ll send you my details. Regards

    • Stephanie May 7, 2017 / 1:48 pm

      Hi Donald – I can’t see you email address – mine is cockerhill@hotmail.com – please get in touch through there and I’ll arrange to copy your pictures and share them on here. Fantastic that your family were a part of so many peoples good memories of time in Stalybridge. If you want a copy of the picture I have of the van in Stamford Park I can get one for you. Thanks again, Stephanie

  2. Rebecca December 21, 2017 / 8:01 am

    I remember a Fairclough’s shop opposite the market hall on Trinity street. Does anyone have any more information/memories about it?

  3. Chris November 12, 2018 / 7:31 pm

    Think someone is selling the brewery photo again on eBay. 263997372814

    • Stephanie November 13, 2018 / 8:14 pm

      Yep – thanks – they have just cut my logo off the bottom – cheeky
      That’s why I stopped adding pictures to the blog. Its a shame.

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