by Iain Roberts on 15 October, 2014
From Cheadle Civic Society:
Photographic history of Cheadle
The Cheadle Civic Society has digitised its entire collection of approximately 800 archive photographs and has now uploaded these online to provide a revealing insight into Cheadle history.
The rare photographs cover 130 years, dating back to the 1860s and include everything from early pictures of Abney Hall, Cheadle High Street and the historic St Mary’s parish church. There is also an excellent selection of late 19th Century photographs of the horse-drawn bus services which used to operate between the White Hart Hotel and the centre of Manchester and revealing colour photographs of the old Buckley Chapel, which stood in the grounds of Abney Hall until it was demolished in the 1960s.
Other highlights include many old school group photographs, street scenes, special occasions, as well as photographs of former prime ministers Winston Churchill and Edward Heath when they visited Cheadle during different 20th Century general election campaigns.
The full collection of photographs were taken by both amateur and professional photographers and donated to the Society over many years. Significantly, many of those which have deteriorated through age have now also been digitally improved.
To enhance the experience of viewing the photographs, the Civic Society web site has a special full-screen and zoom feature which gives users the opportunity to view each photograph in great detail. There is also an online comments page to enable anyone to add personal stories relating to any of the pictures.
Phillip Gould-Bourn, chairman of the Cheadle Civic Society, says the photographs should be of great interest to the community at large, not just to the people of Cheadle. “They provide a rich snapshot of local life spanning several generations and will be an invaluable resource to all social historians,” he says.6 Comments