Welcome to the Bury New Road heritage project which runs until the end of 2022, with community open days, shoot your own heritage events, exhibitions and pop-up happenings.
While the website might look quite skinny to start with, the archive will be built up over the course of the project, filled with community memories, portraits, photos and artefacts, as well as discourses on the nature of the Road and its specialness.
Watch out for events that will be publicised both here and on our social media accounts and do get in touch with any information which might enhance the archive.
Please note that we are not looking to replicate heritage that has already been well documented. We will have links to these archives.
We would also like to warn people and, if necessary, apologise for swearing that is on the site, either in quotes or lyrics. However, we are trying to keep this archive as real as possible and we don’t want to censor anything…similarly, there are some very unsavoury characters included in the Grizzly Stuff section. If this might offend please don’t click on it!!!
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I was inspired and encouraged by my friend Rita Courlander who penned her memories on here a few weeks ago. I lived just off Bury New Road from 1958-1975, but visited the area often after that. I have very fond memories of calling at the sweet shop on the way home from St. Philip’s School, originally called Graves then later Latimers, it was on the corner of Moor Lane and Bury New Road. Almost next to that is the Hazeldean Hotel, which has been there forever and where my mum and dad held their Ruby Wedding party. A little further up Moor Lane was Boardman’s Nurseries where we used to call after church on Sunday for the most spectacular bunches of dahlias, for either 2/6d or 5/0 shillings. The other nursery we used to visit was Steads on Radford Street, I remember they specialised in roses. Blackfield Lane runs parallel to Bury New Rd and before they built several blocks of low rise flats, there was a bluebell wood where my mum used to take us for picnics, an absolutely idyllic spot. Vine Street runs off Bury New Road and we were very close to the nuns at The Carmelite Convent right at the end of Vine Street, particularly Sister Veronica and Sister Mary Theresa, my mum used to bake scones and apple pies for them. This was demolished and was replaced by Tuscany View! Also of note was the Judges House on Vine Street and I don’t know why but the big black cars driving in and out of there were quite intimidating. Sedgley Village was a wonderful place then with a wealth of amenities – the Odeon cinema, now Lidl, an authentic Milk Bar where I first heard the word espresso and heard a milk frother in operation. The chippy of course, we would wander down in an evening to get chips and curry sauce in a tray and have fun devouring them on the way home. Towards Prestwich is Barnfield Park where teenagers went smoking and canoodling – not me I hasten to add!! So, so many lovely memories of places on or off Bury New Road – it certainly has a fond place in my heart ❤️
I wanted to share with the project a painting I have called ‘Anover C urt’. It depicts Hanover Court, a block of flats that used to be on BNR, at the junction in Broughton where The House That Jack Built pub also was. It’s by a prestwich artist called Dave Bowker and was bought by my father many years ago. I think it’s an oil painting and is quite large, maybe 1m tall. It shows a view into all the windows of the flats some with faces or people looking out. I was hoping to send a photo but I cannot do that on this form. If you have another way I could send you a photo it would be great to let other people see it.
You can send it via email@example.com – have sent you an email Cheers!