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Ish - I lived in Scarth Walk back in 96, me and my mate used to brew that Skunk wine that would flood the weekend long parties.People still remember me for that :)  23/03/2007 09:35:43 


Hawkeye - Lived on 2 of the crescents, then Bonsall Street. A mate & me opened our own after hours bar Lou McCaris. If you ever came to Hulme & drank ripple wine it was me that made it. 24/03/2007 09:05:13


Skipper - My Non God that i should stumble upon a site such as this...i lived there once otterburn for a heady summer before headin te posh squats in Fallafield after the big tear down ...i was just a lost kid of 19/23 with delusions of acid filled cyber punk krustydum .....rescued a dog called Zak one of german sphens .....watchin terminal city ricochet in big tent.....dogs of heaven with tarquin unable to wash off his face paint lol sons of arqua with pro stanley unwin,,arc angel fiasco ..herble tea partie...the ritz on a monday ...Man mad mad times and great every one of them ......you stars for this you see how much it ment to all of us ....just to see it again.....im a skipper now on the cut back then i was a dayglo wizzard anarchist busker and friend to all.....how times have changed....though i am still friendly xxxxxx
28/03/2007 02:04:41


iRich - OK, I was a student in the 80s in Manchester and ended up living in Hulme.. low rent (no rent as it turned out, nobody cared, nobody came). My first Hulme experience was, to me at the time, like the Bridge scene in 'Apocalypse Now'. There were a few of us living in digs in Old Trafford. After herbalising a few one evening , we headed off to meet up with a mate. At 'The Eagle' ffs. I used to get well paranoid on herbs if they were heavy numbers and these were heavy that evening. None of us had ever been into Hulme and we were all stoned and basically soft punk students in leather jackets. We got a bus from Old Trafford that used to go through the Crescents and wandered about in this Stalinist Orwellian nightmare of a place, on a dark freezing winters night, increasingly paranoid of the shadows. It was quite intimidating on first experience, particularly at night. Anyway, we found the Eagle (like a large Dulux tin made into a pub if I recall) and staggered in. It only got worse.By this time we were completely trashed. The people in the Pub were like inmates from an insane asylum. I'd love to be able to re-live that night. First of all, the mad irish pool playing dwarf ex- boxer who kept coming up to me whilst I was trying to vanish into the wall. Smacking his fist into his palm and shouting 'FAIR PLAY, FOUL PLAY' at me whilst staring at me with mad red chicken eyes. What was all that about? The unbelievable heavy metal rasta guy tripping off his head, dancing in the middle of the pub to a tune in his own head with a chair and the arse completely ripped out of his jeans. I was glad to get out and onto a bus. It must have had an effect cos I moved into Epping Walk within a year. Never went back to the Eagle though, I reckon I had some post Traumatic herbal disorder that evening. Anyway, 226 Epping Walk: Neighbours included the mad but nice woman with the cats and Dave Smith, Alison, Trevor and Heather. Do forgive me Dave and Heather. A shop downstairs for the tabs and beers kept shopping travels to a minimum. An occasional wander down to the Reno or the Church (or Daves) to purchase some herbs on occasion. Weekly Shopping in Moss Side Center with the highly surreal Zulu guy in full dress wandering around. Trying to live on 24 quid a week. It wasn't quite as bad as people think It was dead handy for town and the windows were brilliant.. they opened two ways (top and side hung) so you could open up the whole wall in summer. You could rig the meter with a bit of film and enjoy inexpensive heating. There was some real interesting people living around the place. There were some top pubs and clubs and Rusholme curries within cycling distance. Getting laid with some gorgeous women there. Shame I was too young to realise.. Having a beer in the Chequered Flag one evening and realising the mugger who had tried to do me on the stairs (I threw him down one flight) was in there with a sore head. It was that kind of place... Drinking in The Sally (Salutation) with John Dillon as Landlord. Playing pool in the Sally. Playing pool in the Chequered Flag (interesting pub that one.. I remember one guy at the bar one night with a scrappy bloody bandage round his head.. he had just had half his ear bitten off but had come back in to finish his beer )Getting burgled all the fekkin time, even when there was nothing left to nick.The crime was a real problem there and the cops didn't give a fig. It was on it's way to outlaw land when I was there. I can only imagine all the villains moved out when it got real bad. Being flat broke two days before the dole came. No food apart from 1 bag of rice. Can't believe I lived like that now. Freezing in winter, Leaking curtain wall panels Swaying in the wind, Hoover with three feet of flex. Kinda hampered cleaning.Anyway, one day in 86 me Da turns up and gives me a bollocking for wasting my life. So I packed up and left. I have since worked in Kent, London, The Caribbean and Saudi (my current place), but nowhere on earth has remotely been anything like the experience that Hulme was in the 80s. Anybody remembers me, drop me a line on acameldodger@hotmail.com 28/03/2007 02:29:44


Mark Bruce - Lived there 84-87….what a great place. I lived in William Kent and Scarth Walk. So many memories - set me up for life. - Jamie setting up Kitchen studios in Charles Barry, I remember helping stick the egg boxes on the wall, recording a song with EJ…was that the same Kitchen that became the club??. I recall Jamie taking a jack hammer to the wall of his flat to start a club?….but that resulted in him getting all his studio gear knicked? Jamie Nicholoson where are you? - Playing pool in the Iron Duke….the day I left Manchester the barman (Hopton?) did a lock-in and gave us bottle of Southern Comfort to share - Posing in the White Horse, Hamrick serving behind the bar and remember "Jimmy", he could play pool well even when pissed. One night he was so gone he asked which part of Glasgow he was in - Just drinking in The Junction, The Grants, - Scoring in the Spinners - The PSV, Hacienda - Salmon Taxis and their chicken - The Doberman on the roof of the Henry Royce (I remember the day it fell off!) - Falling white goods!!! - The old guy who moved into one of the lifts on William Kent (a lift that worked!) - The fires, Frances and I had to persuade the guy next door to us to jump of his 6th floor balcony in William Kent down to our 5th floor balcony to avoid being burned to death (we did catch him!). - Oh and the penguins - remember them…At the top of our stair well in William Kent "You are now at the top of the very bottom"….And all those people I can just remember (in no particular order!)…Ras, EJ, Brian, Jem, Barbara, Helen, Frances, Cathy, Chris, Danny, Alex, Hamrick, Jamie, Mandy, Sean, Pete, Olivia, Steve, Steve, Hugo, Anne, Marie….and the rest of you. 22/04/2007 21:36:29


Gonnie Rietveld - Bonsall Street wasn't bad, if you discounted the rather large cockroaches.... Hulme was a world upside down, even though some were still trying to have a normal life in the middle of it all. Carnivalesque in many ways, it seemed to me a place for dreamers and outcasts. In the 80s and 90s it housed an inspiring and supportive creative community of avid critics .... critical of anything and everything, it seemed. In its last days, as flats were boarded up, the flats became veritable party spaces. The Kitchen, situated in one of the crescents, was an institution as E-ed up after-hours club in the heady days of acid house, around 88 / 89. And DJ Sasha played one of his first gigs in a temporary Hulme squat, for little Danny's 21st birthday party - young Sasha was Jon Dasilva's neighbour at the time and Jon's Haçienda DJ pals Graham Park and Mike Pickering played their selections at that party as well. In the summer of 1993 there was the memorable Hulme Demolition Sound System, not so much because of their music selection, but more because they set up in the little shopping precinct to play techno from Wednesday into Thursday morning, after the clubs had closed until the shops had opened, with just one police patrol car popping by to check the proceedings. Desert Storm Danny on the decks and his mate Joe running around to motivate people. While elderly people shuffled past to get their breakfast milk on a grey Thursday morning, there would still be a few people dancing on the precinct roofs and others sitting around on sofas and easy chairs that had been abandoned in flats ready for demolition. In the early to mid-90s, the anarchic 'pros' moved into the car park near Bonsall Street, in their vehicles to add to the squatter community. Two years after the legendary Haçienda club, at walking distance from the estate, finally closed its doors, Hulmites squatted the premises for one last dance before its demolition commenced in 1999. 18/04/2007 11:43:27

kELzO - moved to Hulme in 1973 with my family from Wythenshawe, 3 years of age, saw my mom get bag snatched on stairwell outside our flat in Hulme 1978, our flat catching fire in early 80's at 2am, family escaped unharmed, skinhead gangs walking the streets of Hulme in the late 70's, anti fascist gangs fighting rascism mid 80's, Moss Side riots spreading to Hulme 1981, a ford capri hanging out of Abdul's shop in woodcock square, Heroin being a major problem in Hulme after the riots, football hooligan gangs from Man City fighting on cambridge street next to the mancunian way, hanging out in woodcock square in the early mid 80's, Loxford Boy's club on Newcastle street, Felix with his mad staff bulls, Gretny walk and Medlock court Moss side, Birley High school mid 80's. Rizla the tall jamaican guy dressed head to toe in colours, The Spinner's Arms, The Chequered flag, Clopton walk shops. Hulme Hippodrome 75p a pint mid eighties, Watching Cheech and chong's UP in Smoke in The Aaben, helping to save Viraj Mendis from deportation mid 80's, The kitchen and The PSV, Ripple wine, Community Charge and RDF playing at the Eagle NYE 1990. Crimewatch filming a reconstruction of a prostitute killed in the area early 90's, 1993 painted graffiti on launderette in Woodcock square then everywhere else up until 1998. The salutation green, The eagle pub, New age travellers, punx picnic, Dogs of heaven shows, Herbal tea parties at the adri, weekend long graffiti parties, the death slide, these are some of the major incidents i remember growing up in Hulme and some of it does sound shit and depressing but Hulme had a great community and good times were always had, in fact i remember avoiding parties at times cause i needed to go to work, it was also a no go zone but with a lot of positivity and community strength which today i really miss, i remember people saying, " how the fuck can you live there ? " they will never know how beautiful Hulme really was, i am glad i was there to see it all, great days ! 
21/04/2007 11:32:49


Caroline - I have been on this site many times. And left my memories. And i think its a wonderful site. I just wondered if there is any one, who remembers putting up the cresents, and what they thought. I remember watching them being built, and thinking they looked wonderful. I wonderful if the men and women, who drew up the plans thought they where going to work, for all the people who where cleared from the so called slum clearence. It would be lovely to hear what they all thought, of the new way of living they where building. 
07/06/2009 09:36:14


Stu - I never lived in Hulme but it held a kind of fascination / mystique for me, 'a social workers nightmare and a sociologists dream, Thanks for the site, superb. 11/04/2007 14:53:20


Karen - Bruce, I so remember the night of the fire. I lived on Hawksmoor in those days and watched you trying to get the jumper across the balcony - we were sure he would fall!!! God I forgot all about the penguins, one night they just appeared - a whole colony.I also remember Jamies gear getting nicked and going round when he was knocking the walls through - we must know each other, however vaguely. Remember Ava, Mandy, Eve, Anthony, Shaun, Joe, white Carl, Blind Pete (Verus), Debbie, Mike (Joyce), Toad, Sean, Gary, Dave, Mickey? Mandy, now the acclaimed writer Mandasue Heller was and is an excellent friend with whom I shared many good and memorable times with. Felix, Wally, Austin, Lance, Tommy, Stix, Dean, Gary, Steve (Rastas)? Egor, Charlie, Gerdip, Kuldip, Franny (and his harmonica). The list is endless. 25/04/2007 23:04:06 



Karen - Wow, couldn't believe I found this site - nice one! Moved to Hulme in 1982 and lived on each of the crescents and Hawksmoor moving regularly with THE shopping trolley, that everyone used, a mains fuse and a wire to get round the meter and my Yale lock. Seemed very normal back then - choose a flat and move. It went wrong one time though when it seemed I had picked the same flat as two guys who proceeded to try and kill me with a hammer, god bless Anthony B (you know who you are) for saving the day and poor Gary who lost his front teeth. Sounds bad? Well yes it was but you know I always remember Hulme through rose tinted glasses, probably due to the copious amounts of Thunderbird, weed, acid etc. I could write a book on Hulme easy. The people were great and yes there was loads of shit but the people made it, the memories will never fade. Remember Queenie? We were sat on the grass outside the Zion one hot sunny day, about 15 - 20 of us all drinking and smoking when Queenie came along swearing and shouting and offering to sit on anyones face! Poor Shaun (Not with us now I'm afraid) was pinned to the grass whilst she did it, god it was minging. Yes, I remember Rizzla too at the precinct but also remember vividly the day he jumped off the top walkway between Robert Adam and William Kent opposite the Spinners. We all ran out of the pub expecting him to be splatted on the road when he suddenly got up, started swearing and went off to do it again! Crazy guy. What about Stix, still convinced I am a millionaire (long story that is so not true), the number of people that guy ripped off getting a weed...I have excellent memories of the Spinners and the Eagle playing pool for drinks. When I got good I used to go in with enough money for a game of pool and a drink if I lost - always came home pissed. The Reno - wow, I miss it so much and am always searching for music long forgotten in that place. I think it was the exposed electrics, the condensation and the necessity to dance because we were packed in like sardines that made it. Those of you that never went missed out big time! The PSV was heaven, the Kitchen was unbelievable and also extremely hazy in my head - too many drugs. Off we would go to the Boardwalk and the Hacienda and stop back at the Kitchen and drink Red Stripe till Dawn and longer - an evenings drinking was for the weak, at least 2 to 3 days binge was for the hardcore Hulme head. Did anyone go to the Haunted House Party in Whalley Range? I still can't believe how good it was! What about the blues in Gretny and Hawksmoor? The number of studios there were untrue, all filled with hi-tech knocked off equipment. Some of the best bands ever came out of that place, or at the very least experienced Hulme. To those of you who made it big time I watch your progress with pride knowing that I was honored enough to be there when you formed and wrote those amazing tracks. Every year we would plan the next invasion of Stonehenge and Glastonbury and if we weren't too stoned then off we would go, just fill a transit van with people and weed, what more would you need? Fantastic. Or off to Lyme Park to pick magic mushrooms. Then there were the busts, the raids, pseudo Direct Works and the murders. The guy who chopped off his lovers hands, feet and head and carried them to Salford Police Station in a carrier bag. The shooting of Hendy in the Spinners- that was when I left (couldn't believe what happened and ...... long story and too personal). Once I met a guy I sort of knew running down the stairs in Hawksmoor with a machete above his head, screaming about what he was going to do to someone at the bottom, when he saw me he stopped, talked to me and then continued down the stairs as if we had never stopped and talked. No-one in Hulme seemed to get up until after lunch except those of us who were always awake, Speed being a necessity in life. And then there was Smack, the stories to tell are many and if there is one good thing then it is I eventually escaped that shit. Anyone trying to recall who I am will if they know me remember the Dobermanns. Always had them with me and mine was the flat with a Dragon painted on the door. I left in 1989 and didn't tell many people where I had gone but bit by bit I've rekindled some very special people in my life (you all know who you are). I miss those days so much it hurts and yet I never want to repeat them - sounds crazy but that's the way it is. Hulme crescents, its pubs, blues, travellers, dealers, smackheads, nutters and my friends were what made this a memory worth having. Hulme made me a better and a stronger person through experiencing some very high and some very low times and I still defend it vigorously to the dickheads who claim they know all about it but were never actually there! Cheers for the website 2/04/2007 16:27:16 

Nige - wow this site has brought so many memories flooding back,was born in hulme and lived there til iwas 23 in 88,then got a job and moved portsmouth way. went to birley and in 82 lived in robert adam,top floor where i could see the pool table in the spinners,used to get stoned in there every night b4 gettin a lock-in at the eagle,new felix and is 3 dogs i think he had in the end,stix ripped everyone off at least once but nice guy,saturday afternoons in the platford and does anyone remember the boat turned nightclub god that was shite. i no hulme was a shit hole but late 70's to late 80's there was no place like it,hulme carnival wasn't up to much but loved the moss side one, the clubs were fab as well, the reano and psv. i luv animal but would of loved to see one of the dobernams fall off the henry royce,i was convince they were gonna jump on my head one day. it's nearly 20yrs since i left god where as all the time gone? but theres not a week goes by without me thinking of that time and the people,so so many proper characters,i even look back with fondness at my four yrs in the cresents,not so much thou about the human shit in the lifts,even had lump in my throat the day they finally came down-crazy eh. glad i got out before the smack got riffe everywhere thou,mainly puff man myself with the odd acid or e if i was heading to kloisters or brewsters, another memory just popped in my head and that was 10p bag of broken biscuits from the preceint,god that was value, well its 3.40am and up for work in a bit,really glad i stumbled on this site its really fab and its gettin bookmarked,cheers and best wishes to everyone who shared the hulme expeariance 04/09/2007 03:45:21


Sully - This is a crap story compared to some of the others here but in the early 80's I spent a miserable 2 years as a pupil at St Bede's ( before being 'advised' to leave), but coming from the leafy suburb of New Moston, I'd never seen anything like Hulme, and being a kid I didn't really imagine the bad points of living in a place like that - to me it just looked like a magical adventure playground, and when the Hulme kids used to board our bus and (understandably) gave us Bede's boys a bit of shit, well, how I wished to be part of their world instead of mine. 26/04/2007 20:31:38


Mark / Bruce - Karen I had no idea that the whole fire episode had any spectators!. I guess we probably do know each other vaguely. It really is 20 years since I lived in Hulme and about 17 since I last had any real contact with people there.so I have really lost touch and have forgotten more people than I care to remember. I knew Jamie as a result of us being on the same course at Manchester Unit (82-85) - that being physics! I liked Hulme so stayed on in Manchester until I moved to London in 87 not long ater the fire. 29/04/2007 13:25:17


Ravey davey - I lived in 152 John Nash for a few years when i moved to manchester from the green hills of Derbyshire . i was young and the final families were moving out and i was offered a 3 bedroom maisonette for £23.50 rent a week which the social paid . i love all the memories above and will add more as i remember them .. if i find my old pix i will put them up too . brill site . dave xx remember hanna , queenie . tom dave PJ alison derek and many more :) 02/05/2007 06:22:49


Karen - Hi Bruce, Yeah, there were three of us, I think, on the fifth floor of Hawksmoor (502) stood on the balcony screaming for the guy to jump. We really thought he was a gonna. It's one of the stories we always recall when reminiscing. On another note...This site has a lot to answer for (in a good way), it's jogged so many memories and music from the 80's has been pumping all week here at home. I got to thinking about the Hacienda and realised that it is 25 years, this year, since it opened and 10 since it finally shut. What a year for an anniversary event hey? Many happy memories, Karen 02/05/2007 21:30:46


Loki - Just got onto your sites wot a blast from the past this is Loki by the way. I lived on all the Hulme traveller sites from 88 till afta the cresents came down in 94 then to Otterburn and finally the red bricks before going off down south afta a 15 mth stint in rehab for brew and meth addictions but that was last century, now I,m in a band called Buff with fellow travellers Bangers and Mash and Netty spaggetti of the Adams family and squatters Rob wierd beard and Stef Buckfast make up the band check us out at myspace.com/buffsd or bufflokisd or bangersandmash10 or /squirtydotters or on the squirtydotters.com website for underground bands and DJ's.Hello to everyone in Hulme thats sin it threw from the start and eh up to those of the nxt generation NEVER SURRENDER 06/05/2007 17:06:48


Nigel - I lived on the top deck of Robert Adam Crescent. Chris, Rich, Giny were along the way at 536. I got my hi-fi robbed when the smackheads from below managed to jemmy the kitchen window open. Ray from next door said he heard something and came out with his stick, but didn't realise they were already in. Happy days? Great contribution from Kelzo. Respect for remembering so much stuff! It all comes flooding back on this site, innit. Ah, the Eagle. I remember watching Liverpool fans riot in Heysel stadium, live on the Eagle TV screen. That was surreal. Marlene. The Spinners. I played a lot of pool. The PSV was awesome for many years. Who the hell let them pull it down? (The Council, that's who.) It wasn't all good in the crescents. But there was a special spirit in spite of the shitty infrastructure. That's all for now. Cheers, Nigel. 09/05/2007 23:51:15


Daniel -This brought the memories flooding back, especially the picture of Felix! i lived on the top of Charles Barry and on William Kent (I think, I can't remember!). I spent a lot of time in the Spinners where there was a mermaid behind the bar. Every day I ate at Honeys on Great Western Road. My memories of the place are good, except for the day the Spinners closed forever. After that I never went back. Drove past it a few years ago but I wasn't tempted to go see how much it had changed and I knew I wouldn't find any old friends there. RIP 26/09/2007 16:21:11


davebass - great site mate, lived there from 84-88 in me youth,and caught the last part acid house at the kitchen 89-90 mixed up crazy muso on drugs from the punk/traveller era, met so many ppl there is was utopia, never got mugged, tho the dogs were a problem, the graffiti and art summed the whole 70/80/90s up, the whole place was so vibrant,so many creative ppl , i met ppl from all over the uk and world there, u could get what u wanted and do as u please, as long as it didnt piss ppl off tho what a place it changed my life glad to see someone has it archived, cool as, never had a camera in them days, i was 2 wacked 14/10/2007 21:54:34


Sam Crikey - good to see those pics, I used to go on holiday there to visit my Gran who managed St Wilfs. Bit of a contrast from the north of Scotland where I lived at the time. Best Sam 14/10/2007 21:57:15


Louise - Hulme 1975 - 1987 God it's amazing to look at these pictures. I was brought up in Hulme and although I have a fair memory of good and dark times experienced there, I am amazed by these pictures which remind me of what a fucking shithole it was..... You can't knock the power of nostalgia though. Really interesting to find this page, I shall read more into my cultural heritage. If you can suggest any good books that would be cool.Nice one! nLouise. 14/10/2007 21:59:30


Lloyd - Frontline radio - Hi It's great seeing all these pics of old hulme, brings back some great memories. I use to run two pirate radio station...Frontline Radio 101.45 & FLR Soul 100.7 Both out of Charles Barry Cresent, just down the way from the Kitchen. The cresents were like a creative hot bed of talent, every ten paces you come across a new group rehersing, Hulme was filled with musicians, bands and studio. As a pirate broadcaster it was like heaven, when ever we got raided by the DTI we could always get away by just grabing the eqipment and running into a neighbour or someone else flat, It was so cool living in hulme in the late 80's and early 90's I'm so glad that someone is documenting this part of our history Thank you One Love Lloyd Frontline 14/10/2007 22:02:34 


Coeus - Ah man, some of these pictures are amazing! Cant find anything like this anywhere else on the net! I lived on Hunmanby Ave & Hulme St, right near Proctors YC between the ages of 3-11 (1979-1987). What a play ground I had.. place was insane.. wouldnt change it for the world though. Used to love hanging around the crescents with my friends.. dangerous fun! 14/10/2007 22:03:34. 


Sally - I lived in Hodder Square from 1990 to 1992. best years of my life - everyone else lived there too and post hacienda or wherever was just spent dropping round your mates' flats! Possibly via a quick detour to one of the Epping Walk parties! Spent mucho time lounging around the adventure playground at sunrise! I moved out too soon to get rehoused in one of the new flats - should have stayed but the cockroaches got too much - little devils! Now when I get the bus into town I lose my bearings - can't work out where's where! 14/10/2007 22:04:54 


BevWellies - been hunting for pics an info since I left. lived in William Kent in '90 and John Nash in '91. there's a fine line between heaven and hell... and its crescent shaped 14/10/2007 22:06:03 


Gasoline
 - The photos take me back to growing up around there. The Eagle pub which was opposite a concrete ring where we used to play football and the Aaben cinema which was just opposite the Grey Parrot. You used to get the sounds of rehearsing reggae & indie bands pumping out of the crescent flats on weekend afternoons in the early 1980s in what was known locally as the Bull rings. The truth was nobody locally was too sorry to see them flats go but fifteen/twenty years later I think it's a matter of be careful of what you wish for 14/10/2007 22:06:59 


Sedzy - Well i Moved from westwood st in moss side in1972 to Robert Adem Cresent 1974 a coolie looking Tram called cha,cha kill a man in the lift. so we was told.In 1975 i seen my first Dog fight in a big masive ring type thing facing the cresent . They was this big masive K9 dog called Jason and the big Boxer Dog from the Eagle pub Wow i remember it like it was yesterday the dogs was going at it for around 10mins before being spit up by the pubs landlord...that was wild man.In summer 1977 i was about 6 going on 7 me and my uncles mates all got onto the roof ov robert Adem and playing up there for hours i remember looking around and seeing all ov manchester it was great. back then we did penny for the gye for gyeforks night then spending our pennys on harf a p, mojos at the Big Blue shop Van. we played hide an seek ,knock a door run and all types of ill stuff. i remember my Brother Elvis aka ELVO got chased from another big dog call Tiger across the big ring crying out mummy mummy.That was funny.i seen it all back then but sadly in 1979 my mum told us we moving to moss side.... 16/10/2007 21:06:52 



Robert Courtney - Just found this site and man has it taken me back, I used to live at no.5 scarth walk from 1974 till we got rehoused cos of the demoliton works.\r\nMy mam and sister still live in hulme in the house we were rehoused in next to lorreto college but i have sinced moved to Edinburgh. I grew up with Paul Allcock, Ian McMullan his cousin minge hehe Nicky sutton trevor and marlon campbell just to mention a few and we all used to go to birley youth club and proctor's youth club. Seeing these pictures brings back a load of memories and I dont care man cos back in the day before all the crustys moved in it was a top place to live as a kid, it makes me appreciate my life i have up here in edinburgh and i will be sure to tell my 2 children about the life i had growing up in hulme in a single parent family with great friends neighbours and family around. knocking the bullrings down was a good thing tho hahaha they were a very scary place to go as a kid especially when the sun was just going down.24/10/2007 13:17:29 


Robert Courtney - Forgot to mention Loxford boys club which we all used to go to made some top friends there, Tony B and his brother John, Richard and Kevin W, Hand and his 2 brothers also Titch god rest his soul and his big brother Ray, happy days not to mention our yearly camp trip to prestatyn in north wales some stories to be told from those trips. naye you cant bring back the good old days but you can look back on them with fond memories. 24/10/2007 15:19:32 

RobFromHulme - I lived in Hulme from 1975 until 1980 on Brindle Walk which was in the Hulme 3 area near to the corner of Boundary Lane and Bonsall Street. Our flat looked from the rear onto the elevated play park where I seem to have spent a lot of my time on the slide and climbing frame! It's fascinating to see that the place now has a whole load of people reminiscing about living there years ago. It was a good place as a kid during those years - there were so many families living there and there was something of a community there, albeit mainly people who didn't have much and were mostly living in bad conditions who just had to get by with each other. Somebody mentioned The Hussar pub - my Dad actually worked behind the bar there and was obviously good friends with Wilf and Flo who were the owners. I went to Martenscroft Scool which is still on Epping Street and the whole area was full of kids - there were kids everywhere with so many friends. The thing about living in the deck-access flats was that you could literally walk for the entire day on the landings and stay out of the rain, just exploring one floor after the other and as you moved from one part of Hulme to the other you barely encountered big main roads as it was all paved and pedestrianised with bridges and walkways. We had a game of hide and seek one summer with about 20 kids involved and it lasted about 3 days as the pack hunted the ones that were still hiding in the maze somewhere - we just all met up the next morning and carried on the same game! As I was aged 5-9 whilst living there, I was unaware that the place had only been standing for a few years up to that point. My Dad also worked in the Hulme Labour Club which later became Romany City second hand junk emporium in the late 80's. The Labour Club was packed on a weekend in the 70's, as were most of the pubs in the area, and the club used to have days out to Southport and Christmas parties upstairs for all the kids of the club members. I seem to remember the parties being great fun - all the kids running riot round the club and the parents all getting clattered at the bar downstairs! Obviously, most of my best childhood memories are of living in Hulme during those years. I remember standing on the top floor of Brindle Walk and at night you could see all the lights twinkling in the distance as far as the pennines and I remember me and my sister convincing ourselves that they were the fairground lights from Southport that we could see. I used to go to the top of Meredith Court and sit in the stairway high up above everything looking at the view across south Manchester and you could just make out the shape of aeroplanes going in and out of Manchester Airport. My Mum used to take us to the laundry on Epping Walk which was like a day out to us. Then there was the shops in Woodcock Square where we used to buy our sweets. I remember we used to go looking for Barr bottles as they had a 5p refund on them as long as they had the top on when you took them back to the off-licence - if you found a pound it was like winning the pools for a day. All the kids used to come out on Christmas Day around the landings on their new bikes and I remember that the landings seemed almost like they were what skateboards were invented for! I have one memory of standing out on the landing watching the Salvation Army brass band playing one Christmas just below our flat and people came out on the landings to bring the New Year in and you could hear the distant ship's horns from Salord Docks. The kids were oblivious to the horrid conditions like damp and infestation that the parents had to cope with as they struggled to bring their families up. We used to walk over the bridge to Moss Side precinct on a Saturday and carry all the shopping back all that way with my Mum pushing a pram and the rest of us larking about, probably driving her mad! It was a mad place to live though, and there were always things like fires in the bin chutes (i caused a few myself!), there were always domestic incidents, fights, drunken arguments, windows going through etc, which all just seemed normal if you'd never known anything else. There were mongrels just wandering about and dog crap everywhere. I remember an Indian family on Epping Walk actually having a sacrificial white goat which was being plumped-up for an upcoming wedding! The goat lived in the flat and it used to run up and down the landings and the kids used to play with it. I remember all the kids being heartbroken when they heard the goat had been slaughtered and there was even some tale that the fire brigade turned up at the wedding because they'd tried to spit roast the animal in the flat. lol. I remember also riding up and down on top of the lifts all day too which was incredibly dangerous. The council decided in about 1978 to replace the facade of the flats and erected scaffolding all over the flats which gave us a huge climbing frame to play on and annoy all the residents by running past their front room windows - I remember climbing out of my window at night onto the scaffold and meeting my mate from upstairs who'd also escaped his bedroom. Being able to watch the World In Action documentary on the Exhulme.com site too is great because it's a great insight into what it was like living there. I have a copy of the documentary taken from the master tape because my Mum was actually in it talking about living conditions. Of course, due to copyright problems I'm not allowed to copy, edit, re-produce, broadcast it etc which is a shame. I also have other documentary film footage from other sources which is similarly subject to the same copyright issues. The Manchester library has a great archive of Hulme photos though and I never knew they existed until a couple of years ago - it's great that somebody did document the place in pictures, although there aren't any of Brindle Walk where I lived which I'd love to see. The Exhulme site is a great idea and is probably going to grow into a fascinating site if people keep contributing. My memories of Hulme after 1980 when I went back to visit friends there were that most of the families had gone by then and it became mainly occupied by students and all the kids just seemed to vanish and the schools closed. I know a lot of people remember the travellers and the whole late 80's anarchy thing as an abiding memory of the place with vandalism and so on, but my memories are of a place that was full of families, children and daily life in a strange concrete jungle and the place holds a special part of my childhood. It was where we lived and everything we had and I remember our Mum's proudly cleaning the kitchen windows of our flats on the landings. To quote Morrissey, 'all those people, all those lives, where are they now?'. I do wonder what happened to all the people and friends and enemies, passers-by, nutcases and everybody else that occupied the place. Last time I drove through what is now Epping Street, it was strange to see all the new flats dotted around a few familiar memorable landmarks from my past, and I wondered if the families and kids that live there now are living their own version of what I'd lived 30 years ago there. It's nice to read other people's memories of the place all these years later. 24/10/2007 18:43:50 


Paul -  I never lived in Hulme but somehow the place holds a certain fascination for me. Some of the stories are amazing - you lucky people. 31/10/2007 14:00:13 


Caroline - I MOVED TO HULME WELL TO BE ON THE BUTTON 16 TISSINGTON WALK, HULME, FROM SALFORD IN 1968. I WAS 4 WHEN WE MOVED THERE. MY FAMILY MOVED TO HULME BECAUSE BROUGHTON IN SALFORD WAS BEING CLEARED. WE WHERE PROMISED FROM WHAT I HAVE BEEN TOLD BY MY MAM, A BRIGHT NEW FUTURE IN THE NEW DECK ACCESS FLATS. AT FIRST AND I HAVE TO SAY FOR THE FIRST FEW YEARS WE LIVED THERE THEY WHERE LOVELY FLATS TO LIVE IN. I LIVED ON ROYCE ROAD DIRECTLY FACING ST GEORGES PRIMARY SCHOOL. THERE WAS A LOVELY GREEN IN FRONT OF OUR FLAT. WE HAD A RAMP THAT TOOK YOU DOWN TO THE GROUND FLOOR, WE HAD A GARAGE UNDER THE MASSONET. I REMEMBER WATCHING WHAT I THOUGHT WAS REALLY POSH THE MAN OVER THE WAY CLEANING IS AVENGER, AND THINKING CUR THATS POSH. HE DID THAT EVERY SUNDAY. WE MADE FRIENDS EASY AND IT DID SEEM LIKE A REAL COMMUNITY. WE HAD A PICTURE HOUSE, THAT WAS REALLY OLD FASHONED BUT GREAT FUN, AND WAS STAFFED BY PEOPLE THAT ALL LIVED LOCAL. WE HAD SHOPS, AND A WASH HOUSE. COS IN THOSE DAYS IT WAS DEAD POSH TO HAVE A WASHING MACHING. I WATCHED THE CRESENTS OF ROBORT ADAM AND JOHN NASH GO UP. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THERE WHERE THREE BLOCKS BUT I THINK I MIGHT OF BEEN WRONG. I WENT TO CORNBROOK PRIMARY, AND ALL SEEMED FINE. AND LIKE I SAY FOR THE FIRST FEW YEARS THINGS WHERE LOVELY WE HAD EVERY FACILITY WE COULD ASK FOR. THEN THINGS STARTED TO GO WRONG. THE DESIGN ON THE CRESENTS STARTED TO GO WRONG. AND THE ORGINAL TENENTS OF THE CRESENTS STARTED TO MOVE OUT. AND THE CRESENTS STARTED TO GET TAKEN, BY BASICALLY ANYONE WHO WANTED TO BE IN THEM. IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE GOING OVER TO THE SHOPS IN THE CRESENTS WAS SOMETHING YOU ONLY DID DURING THE DAY. AND EVEN THEN IT WAS WORRYING. I WENT FOR A WALK WITH MY GRANDAD BEFORE THE CRESENTS STARTED TO GET BAD. AND THEY WHERE WONDERFUL PLACES. FULL OF REALLY NEW IDEAS AND LOADS OF HOPE FOR THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THEM. PEOPLE TALKED TO EACH OTHER. AND I CAN REMEMBER LAUGHER WITH A FAMILY THAT LIVED IN THEM. THEY ASKED ME AND MY GRANDAD IN FOR A CUP OF TEA. SHOWED US ROUND THE STRANGE WAY THE FLATS WHERE DESIGNED. BUT THE FLAT WAS SO CLEAN AND NICE AND THEY WHERE SO PROUD OF IT. THEN SUDDENLY ABOUT 1972 I THINK IT WAS THINGS STARTED TO GO WRONG. AND LIKE I SAY PEOPLE STARTED TO MOVE OUT. I REMEMBER WALKING OVER TO THE SHOPS WITH MY MAM, AND RUNNING ACCROSS THE GREEN IN FRONT OF THE CRESENT COS THERE WHERE STRANGE PEOPLE HANGING ABOUT IN THE STAIR WELLS OF THE CRESENT. BUT IT WAS ALL THERE PARKS IN FRONT OF THE FLATS SHOPS AND THE LOT. BUT IT ALL WENT SO WRONG, DONT NO HOW BUT IT DID. AS THE CRESENTS STARTED TO GET BAD, THE BADNESS STARTED TO COME OVER ROYCE ROAD TO OUR MASONETTS. OUR MASONETTS WHERE MADE UP OF LONG WALK WAYS ON EITHER TWO OF THREE LEVELS. WE LIVED ON THE SECOND. THE GROUND FLOOR WAS MAINLY THE ELDERLY THE SECOND AND THIRD WHERE FOR FAMILIES. THEY WHERE VERY BIG MASONETTS WITH A KITCHEN AT THE FRONT THEN A DINNING ROOM, WITH A BALCONY, THEN A LIVING ROOM. LEADING TO THE HALL AND FRONT DOOR, WITH THE MOST LOVELY WOODEN STAIRS, UPSTAIRS WHERE 3 LOVELY BIG BEDROOMS WITH TWO BATH ROOMS. THE FLATS WOULD COST A FORTUNE NOW. I WOULD WALK TO SCHOOL EVER DAY A LONG THE LONG WALK WAYS. THEN THE BADNESS STARTED TO COME OVER THE ROAD AND PEOPLE STARTED MOVING OUT, THE COMMUNITY SPIRT STARTED TO FAD, AND NOW IT WAS OUR TURN FOR IT NOT TO BE SAFE TO WALK THE LONG WALK WAYS AT NIGHT OR US THE STAIRS, IT WAS SO SAD COS THE MASONETS WHERE SO LOVELY. AS THINGS STARTED TO GET BAD MY MAM AND DAD, REALISED THINGS WHERE GOING DOWN HILL AND THEY WANTED ME TO GO TO A GOOD SCHOOL. THEY NEW THAT IF WE STAYED IN HULME I WOULD END UP GOING TO BURLY HIGH, AND BY THAT TIME THE SCHOOL HAD REALLY GONE DOWN HILL. SO BY 1974 WE WHERE ON THE MOVE AGAIN THIS TIME. TO WHAT SOUNDS REALLY POSH BUT WAS NOT AND JUST UP THE ROAD, CHORLTON ON MEDLOCK. BUT I REMEMBER WITH GREAT FONDNESS THE LOVELY YEARS I SPENT IN HULME. I REMEMBER WATCHING THE CRESENTS GO UP, AND HOW SAD I FELT WHEN THEY CAME DOWN. I REMEMBER WATCHING MY MAM AND DADS LOVELY MASONETT GO AND WATCHING TISSINGTON WALK GO INTO HISTORY. IT ALL MADE ME SAD. COS IT WAS ALL CONCEIVED IN THE 1960s WITH SUCH HOPE FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE. DOES ANY ONE REMEMBER ANYONE I CAN REMEMBER NINA BILLAS, JACKIE HARLAND. MARK MERCER, CARL HOGG. GARY BAILEY. THEY WOULD ALL BE ABOUT 43 NOW. DOES ANY ONE REMEMBER US FOR THAT MATTER MR AND MRS RYAN AND DAUGHTER CAROLINE. ? MY MAM AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE HULME WE REMEMBER FROM THE 1960S TO THE 70S. DOES ANY ONE REMEMBER TISSINGTON WALK, OR CORNBROOK PRIMARY SCHOOL.?WELL IF YOU DO IT WOULD BE LOVELY TO HEAR FROM YOU. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ MY STORY. KIND REGARDS CAROLINE 15/11/2007 01:18:04 


exhulme - caroline, thanks for your comments, just to let you know if you copy and paste the following link into your browser you can view the streets of Hulme back in the 60's and 70's and even earlier http://www.images.manchester.gov.uk/click on one of the pictures on the right hand side, somewhere in this archive is loads of hulme fotos when the deck access and crescents were built thanks exHuLme 15/11/2007 11:02:00t magna ac porta.

Caroline - Hi Thank you for getting back to me, and i am going to show my mam on Saturday the site. She is then going to add her memories of Hulme. I am just about to show the site to my 16 year old daughter and let her see where i come from. Where i come from and think of with pride and happiness. Kind Regards Caroline 15/11/2007 11:05:02


Caroline - Hi Thank you for your help with the link, but its not letting me on. It would be so lovely to see the photos could you please check the link and get back to me. Once again the site is fantastic. Kind Regards Caroline 15/11/2007 11:29:19


Julie - We where among the first new tenants to go in to the Masioneets off Royce Road. We moved in from Ramsgate St, off Bury New Road. They decided in there wisdom to clear our house for road development, which by the way never happened. So we where the start of the tenants moving in to the New Hulme, with all its bright dreams for a happy new future. When i first saw the masioneets on Tissington Walk, i was bowled over. Because this was the first time i had had a in door toilet. 2 indoor toilets wow this was the life i thought. Myself and my husband and daughter, all moved into the lovely new masioneet, and it was massive. The neighbours had all come from similar clearance situations to us. I remember Mary and Lily, and Gran. They where lovely people. I had known Hulme, from the early 50s as my husbands relations all lived in Hulme, ie the Hughes. I remember being very proud of my masioneet, same as all that moved in. I would spend hours cleaning the outside of my my masioneet, keeping it clean. I remember like everyone else that lived there treating it all like we did when we lived in the streets. We all knew each other. I remember you could ask anyone for a favour and they would do it. Like the odd bit of baby sitting, looking after the flat while you where away. We all did it for one anther. Then alone came the bull rings, i watched the foundations being played. We where told there was to be a luxury shopping centre put there. But as the time pasted and more concrete arrived. We all asked the work men whats going on, only to be told oh Mrs there fall out settles for a nuclear war. Oh my god, i so wanted out. But it was not the case they where Robert Adam, and partners. Then they came alone with long silver spray guns and started spraying the contret. Bloody i thought it is nuclear settler. But still we all stuck together thinking hell we will go down together in Hulme. But then the crosaints where born, massive as they where. At the start of them being there we where envious of the people that where going in them, cos they seemed more posh than us, on tiss walk, with our two loos. Because they had new ways of living a upstairs was downstairs and and downstairs was upstairs. A lot of people had come from gorton, from the slum clearance of gorton. So i knew quite a few folk. They all thought like us it was the new way of living in the deck access flats. We had the shops, and a short nip on the bus to the city centre. We had the schools. Greens with grass and trees, something city people found new. We had local pubs that where lovely the Grey Parrot. My Daughter was one of the first little ones in Cornbrook Nursery. I lived there up to 1974, we had to move so my daughter could get in a good school. But like all that have wrote on this site i have good memories of Hulme and all that lived there. I often wonder where they are now. What life's like for them now. I have been back to New Hulme now, and i dont even no it. If there is anyone who knows more or can add more memories it would be lovely to read. Long live this site, and i hope people from round the world can add there memories of Hulme. What a wonderful idea this site is. Julie 17/11/2007 18:11:10


David Ferns - I lived in Hulme untill 1965 Living at number 10 Hyde Street when the characters was plentifull, Jim Hole a retired overhead crane man did not like kids playing in the street, Elsie Copping a disabled woman who lived next door everyones gran, ,Ma cloughs pub at the end of the Street with sawdust on the floor and the same rowdies on friday night,,Kershaws the well know fruit and veg shop at the time,, the Eagle on stretford Road where anyone could get up and sing, more than likley it was Danny Boy, Kings motorcycles on Streford Road I browsed through there many a time,I attended St wilfreds School headmaster being Mr Cunningham but he left to take up a post at St Ignatious, and Mr Coleman replaced him, I also remember school friends Teddy Davis, Bernard Parry, Frank Agar, Houses in Hulme then was two up and two down and back to back with a friendly neighbourhood, doors could be left open help was always available when needed. when the slum clearance came we opted for Hattersley near Hyde an overspill estate new houses with an indoor toilet and bathroom, Hyde Street had an outdoor loo and tin bath hanging up in the back yard,Saddest times in Hulme was losing my brother Stephen he died aged 6 in 1958, and losing all our friends and neighbours in 1965. I have one question to ask of any ex St wilfreds church member "Where did the statue of our lady that stood in the church grounds go " Ive tried to locate it without success. If I could travel back in time Hulme pre 1965 would be my destination, just to say hello to everyone again. 17/11/2007 21:03:46



Tony Fitzgerald - Having moved to Hulme aged around 13, I spent my teenage years living at 115 Charles Barry Crescent, and although a 'little rough' I loved it there. (The heating system was chronic, hot air blowing through vents). I remember a young girl who had the misfortune to be thalidimide living in a maisonette on our landing. I can still picture her moving herself along the landings, she was always smiling despite her misfortune. Proctors Youth Club & St Wilf's, Oh happy days. My first 'real girlfriend' Pat Payne. Got my first Job from leaving school at a printers on Cambridge Street, and walking up Stretford Road where there were plenty of shops. The miners went on strike, it was a three day working week and we used car batteries with spotlights wired up to them for lights in the maisonette. The Manchester Evening News used to let you know which areas would have no electricity on certain days, and when Hulme was pitched into total darkness the alarm bells on the shops would be ringing as some shops were robbed. At sixteen I got my First Lambretta scooter (Still have two and I'm now aged 52), going to Horners scooter shop regularly on Ayres Road. My best mate at that time was Tony Blinkhorn (sadly died a few years ago), and I Introduced him to Wendy who later became his wife. We went all over the place on our scooters. At weekend we could walk into to town for a few beers, especially the Ritz, and many a time we'd be rounded up by Plod and searched with our arms up on the walls, legs spread eagled like you see in the films. I could hear the music blaring from the Russell club which I could see from my bedroom window\r\nI used to go for a drink with my dad in the Falstaff pub where the landlord 'Bert' was an ex German POW, (shot down in a plane a think) The Junction, The Mancunian, The White horse, Clyne's wine bar (nothing like a wine bar) were pubs all frequented. My dad won a raffle in the White horse and it was a free place on a trip to Hamburg, he decided I should go with him, and sitting in the clubs where there were naked women and porn films being showed, my dad decided he should tell me the 'facts of life' I was fourteen at the time. I used to Love going to watch Man City at Maine Road, and still go watching them today, my time living there was colourful, but I loved it. Met my wife in a club in Manchester while living in Hulme, and she could'nt believe where I lived, but were still together today thirty years later. I now live in Sale, in a nice house, I love my family to bits, my kids would be mortified having to live somewhere like Hulme. I have a fantastic well paid job, and I look back at living in Hulme with great memories and fondness. Was it rough in Hulme ? you bet. Did you see much trouble ? certainly, the people there were rough and ready, but it was character building for us and I would'nt have missed it for the world. 23/11/2007 21:09:31 .

edgy ranks - what a great site this is. it brings back so much memories of my youth. i now live in moss side but was away when all the changes took place and i must say hulme has lost some soul. i remember everything from 1970 onwards, what a areat place to be. 05/12/2007


J. Brook - Is anything known about the Flora gardens in Hulme. I would like some information because I have a coin/token about the size of a farthing, on one side is a head of a bull and on the other in a wreath the words FLORA GARDENS HULME 1822. I am assuming that this is Hulme in Manchester but I can find no reference anywhere to such gardens let alone what my token was used for- may be entry or a free cup of Coffee? I believe there is a similar token with a swan on one side and the words WHITE HOUSE HOTEL HULME on the other but I have not been able to find one of these. I would be most grateful if you could enlighten me. 05/12/2007 15:23:13


Steve - I lived in the Crescents from 1983 - 1990. (With a six month sojourn in 1985 / 86). I lived in all the Crescents bar Robert Adam, which for some strange reason was deemed "The Worst "!! amongst our crowd. I lost my virginity to "Carry On Dick" in John Nash Crescent. A strange siren who hailed from Blackburn took me back to her squat after a night in the Spinners drinking, and that was it.I lost my record and tape collection to a family of heroin dealers and car thieves who lived next door in Charles Barry. I spent time in the Hulme Labour Club squat at Christmas in 1985. I was on the Viraj Mendes lookout - although I didn't want to be but was pressured by the "right on" wankers that infiltrated our "circle of friends" just because we were Vegans and took drugs. I passed along a spliff to the person on my left in the Spinners pool room ,and bugger me! It was Nico. I took on a bastard who tried to steal my game of pool in the PSV one Tuesday night and got two fingers broken. I remember Indian J, a strange middle aged guy who used to ride the Crescent walkways on a child's BMX bike. He used to sit next to me in The Eagle pub, and when (after an hour or so) he realised I wasn't going to buy him a drink - he left! I once went to a party held by "itchy D " in Robert Adam, and thought it was a good night out, then the next morning thinking"God - How low have I sunk "? I hated the Kitchen Parties. I recorded at the Kitchen. I loved living in the Crescents 1983 - 1987...then it all went tits up....A shame..... 09/12/2007 20:48:50



Joe - The Chequered Flag! Lived in a second story maisonette directly above the pub for two years whilst 'studying' lol for my degree, 1981 - 1983. Fucking magic days... rent free, 2 mins walk to college, and a great pub with the most gorgeous barmaid called Mary? She was engaged but didnt stop me dreamin... If you're still out there Gorgeous let me know lol! x. Burgled, cockroaches, chip-pan fires, but hey what a laugh! Kids nowadays dont appreciate the finer things in life.... walking distance to hacienda, providing you could avoid the roaming packs of semi-wild dogs! Great memories... great site! 28/12/2007 00:05:03


Joe - PS Think the barmaid was called Mary? If you're still out there Gorgeous let ma know lol! x','29/12/2007 12:05:23


Joe - PPS Sorry Mary, I meant let ME know... Ma wouldn't be interested!Hey, this could be the new friends reunited!!!!! 29/12/2007 12:07:46


Patrick - Interesting reading about all the student parties. That wasn't the scene when I lived there between 1971 to 1974 with my mam and dad, sister and brother. It was all families back then We came from the overspill of Hattersley, which we had been sent to when Ardwick was knocked down. We thought it was great, so near town. My dad was a primary school headteacher, and though it was a working-class estate with its share of social problems, most families were salt-of-the earth respectable and working. We lived in 250 Epping Walk, on the 4th Floor. I see its called deck access. There was the ground floor, mostly old folk, the 1st Floor, 2nd Floor and 4th Floor. No 3rd floor for some reason. Memories: Seeing the floodlights of Maine Rd and Old Trafford Playing in the rubble of the knocked down streets around Greenheys.Football and cricket on the croft below\r\nNicking the pinks delivered to the newsagent at the shop Dropping it from the first floor balconies (some lads could get down from the 4th floor) Brilliant slides in snowy weather Smell of piss in the lifts Football at the lift lobby (trained you to keep your shots low!) Brilliant biking and scooters on the balconies Smell of the launderette Crap around the chutes - eggshells etc. Open the chute - smoke pours out! Gobbin on hands on the stairrails (sorry!) Moonlight Flits! We were Irish Catholics as were all our immediate neighbours, Lily, Billy and Arnold Forde next door, the McCarrows next to them, and the Flanagans on the other side. Below us the Maloneys. Remember also the Burtons, Jimmy Murphy and the Keanes in the houses below. Oh and the Carawanas (avoided them!)There was a tiny chapel opposite Epping Walk where I did altar boy, nearer than our official parish the Holy Name, and the unofficial HQ, the Chequered Flag. Look at the pictures and you think what a concrete slum. But when you're a 9 year old lad, it was paradise! 11/01/2008 00:38:55


Ronnie Hall - Moved to hunmanby avenue from Eliza street in the old hulme around 1963, have fond memories of Hulme in them days and the early stages of the "new Hulme " friends I remeber are Dave Bickerstaffe, pooley, billy roberts, steve noble, all these were from my early teens and the start of the new hulme. Leaf Street baths was a favourite of ours, with Tetchy Albert Morris who was an attendant there, colletcing bungy wood for bon fire nights from the derelict houses of welcome st and surounding streets, proctors outh club, loxford boys club, birley borstal 11/01/2008 19:17:46


Robert Courtney - It's great reading everyones stories off the old hulme, things keep coming back to me from my days growing up as a kid that i had forgotten about.Like our bonfires me, Paul Allcock, Ian Mcmullen and those brave enough to bunk off school, nuse to make, we use to collect tons of wood in an old supermarket trolley from the bulks underneath the bull rings, they would always be an old front door or a sofa or chairs there. There was always a bit of rivalry aswell with the guys on the other side of the bridge, epping walk and martenscroft. 1 year when the fire was dying down we kicked off the doors from the bin cupboards in the shelter and Paul s dad, Stan who was the local caretaker went mad haha. Going onto the roof of otterburn close via the lift shaft and peering over the edge, I wouldn 't go up there if you paid me nowadays pfft the things you do as a kid hehe. Playing kick the can in the long summer nights in the square of otterburn close was a fav of ours aswell as cricket and obviously football, I always rememebr sharon, manny and there mam and dad rose and joe's house was right behind the make shift goal there kitchen window and front door was always getting hit by the ball and they would go mental. Knock a door run aswell, the chinese on the top floor would go crazy and chase us down the landing with a huge carving knive hehe. I rememeber Minge's dog, Giro (what a name to call a dog) trying to mount me one morning on my way to school as my dog Lassie was on heat hahaha. I rememebr watching the olympics then going to the track on Birley fields and doing 10 laps round the track or doing the long jump, the 100 metres sprint aswell Alan Allcock was the fastest thing on 2 legs and he was only 4ft tall hahaha. Playing football in the shelters was a big thing for us it helped tone our skills for the coming footy years hehe. I seemed to remember aswell it snowed a lot more in the winter when i was a kid, we use to pull down the perspec windows the council put up on empty flats and use them as a sledge down to go down the bridge the speed we use to get WOW! hehe. Arrrr the good old days i wouldn't change them for the world, kids nowadays don't know how lucky they are. 15/01/2008 09:25:40


Chantelle courtney - i was born an raised in hulme my mum an brother used to live at 3 scarth walk but when i came along we all moved next door as it was a 3 bedroom to 5 scarth walk i have wonderful memories of hulme an wouldnt change any of it had a fantastic chilhood in hulme always felt safe they were the days you could leave your dood open even when when the crustys moved in they never bothered you had great mates their jody an john thompson simon an hayley sabrina an quincy vicky jordan lindsey banks etc to name jus afew but every1 knew vivienne. i was their when that gas explosion happened my uncle used to live on hodder square nxt to it we all knew gwen shame i really miss massionnettes but it was time to pull them down i was upset but the house we hav now is so much better but they its the atmosphere an the neighbours you cant replace and friends you lose . im glad you hav this site my brother has jus told me about it so i thought id say alittle something big up yourselfs to everyone that used to live their many years ago an had a wonderful life as me . 15/01/2008 11:52:01

exhuLme - we have been asked to post up this request : To Whom It May Concern, My name is Sarah Wills and I was wondering if you could help me I am looking for my birth father who had lived in the hulme/ moss side area, I have found my birth mother but now want either some info history on him. All I know he may have been called Lucky or known as Mr Denny he was a black man I think he was Jamaican, I believe he may be dead or very old. I was told he was well known in the community, if you can help in any way I would be grateful. Yours Sincerely Sarah Wills if anyone can help Sarah out with info please email us at exhulme@gmail.com and we will pass the info on respect eXHuLMe team','15/01/2008 19:25:52


FELIX - Hi yall Its Felix from back in the day. Does anybody remember Robert Adam's it was behind the eagle, and Jack and Marline? Check out them pics that's me singing away if you want a reminder of what Felix was like back in the good old days. I used to have staffs four of them infact they were right mean bastards. Especially Beastie Ben! and here's another one do you remember the time when ben dragged a guys leg from under the car? That was fucking funny! get in touch with me! Ruffian Felix from back in the day 23/01/2008 20:49:42


Johnny h - I remember a very lot about the spinners why ? becuse me my mother marlene dad jack an bro dave lived there before moving from the eagle and to be honest with you ive never known such nonsencs been written well we had the eagle first then we moved to the spinners but most of the things poeple say thay remember well?????? does anyone remember are dogs an why you could get top wabs there ? It was the resect my mother got of the lads because she treated them all the same an stix never had no one over he was all ways to ed on special brew an aspinners special ho we move there because it was a bigger pub so you peeps that no jack dont make it up you only get found out hulme born breed johnny rip Bill 25/01/2008 16:22:32


Chris H - these pics and stories take me back to what i remember as a fantastic place to grow up. Yes there was shit to deal with for anyone raising a family but from the ages of 3 to 9 it was an adventure every day and at that age.....who cares! Interesting Patrick, I lived at 250 Epping Walk too! between 78 to 84ish. Vivid memories for me were during the six week holidays i would cart my Tomahawk bike (poor mans Chopper) down the eight flights of concrete steps, spend all day riding around the flats and up-and-down those mini pyramid things made of old cobble stones (does anyone remember them)? Because i didnt want to lug my bike up eight flights of stairs my mum used to put a jam butty in a bag, attach it to a cotton bobbin and lower it from the flat window..........that was my lunch! Utterly brilliant, what an adventure! I never thought about it at the time but what a lazy cow my mum was....Ha! I remeber there was an extra flight of stairs at the top floor which led nowhere, it baffled me as a kid. I used to get sent down to Pete's Shop, next to the chemist to buy bottles of Stera milk, a loaf of Mothers Pride and ten Player No.6 and remember doing 'penny for the guy' outside the shop and making what seemed like a fortune, probably about 80p! Other memories: Salmon taxis did stew & dumplings The Old Abbey pub on the field The swamp area behind the old abbey Bibby's ice cream van! The doctors surgery was in a ground floor flat in the square Holy Name primary school I could go on.........03/02/2008 19:40:59


Patrick - That is a coincidence Chris! I remember the extra stairs to nowhere. There is a photo of the shops here.. http://images.manchester.gov.uk/web/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=37531 I remember 250 well, out of lift, turn right, second maisonette. The kitchen cupboard had a vent to the landing, who needs a fridge.?! Another coincidence. My Dad (Hugh) RIP was head of the Holy Name school. 10/02/2008 01:56:31


James - I lived in one of the crescents in the early 1980s, with three other students at the Poly. My room was basically a cupboard with windows next to the upstairs back balcony, just big enough for a single bed and a pile of clothes. I had to scrape up a lot of pigeon shit before I could move in and the pigeons used to wake me up all the time with their cooing and flapping, but four quid a week wasn't bad. We had the front room windows boarded up and the walls and ceiling lined with egg cartons, as one of lads was the drummer and his band practiced at our place. The back of the flat had a decent view out of Hulme, east towards Liverpool. We played football on the grass below (Geoff, like I always say, sorry I dislocated your shoulder), and I parked my enduro down there until it got stolen. The local kids used to look after it, but then the baddest kid on the block had to hotwire it and ride off into the sunset–the cops chased him off-road and he fell off. I learned this all after the fact when the bike was "totaled" by my insurance company–nice bit of cash, though. There were snipers in the crescents, mostly just air rifles, and you'd get shot at from time-to-time. The weed was wicked and full of seeds. It was strong enough to make you hallucinate–I saw pink elephants once. The pubs on the estate were OK on the nights you couldn't be bothered to walk to the city centre or over to the Haç, and the Aaben played some excellent films–Rumblefish springs to mind. The parties were frequent and throbbing, and it was also a great place (as was most of post-industrial, pre-lofts, early '80s Manchester) to wander around taking black-and-white photos of bleakness and decrepitude–we lived in the proverbial "morning after" those "dark satanic mills" of legend.But my fondest memory might be the solitary one of placing the needle on Power Corruption and Lies for the first time after buying the album the day it came out. To me, barely in my 20s, that record summed up the existential dread of Hulme along with the freedom and creative possibilities it incited in anyone who could cope with the quotidian smell of piss in the stairwells and lifts and the dog shit everywhere, like a magic carpet of despair. Robert Adam Crescent RIP. 10/02/2008 15:14:24

Karen - Yo Felix, was buzzin when I seen your name pop up. Was singing your praises the other night whilst beatin this guy at pool - he said I played like a man n who was it that taught me - you n Wally taught me good, ha.I don't remember the mans leg being dragged by the dogs but I do remember Ben havin a go at Maxine (my Doby I got off Gary D)- she just sat down and her head went 360 degrees (exorcist stylie) with teeth snapping and he couldn't get near. Don't know how long she could of kept it up though, thank god you appeared. God could write for hours but can't at the mo - busy. Good to hear you ok though. 11/02/2008 16:27:29


Zuse - St wilfreds was the best primary school ever. so true about it being a safe area, my parents let me walk through the subway whilst i was in primary school (well to be fair there was about 10 of us that walked that way). Those pictures bring back so many memories. The cresents did have to go though, miss moss side market though. Crazy how it is now ASDA HULME!!! There was so much to do back in the day and so many laughs, i remember me and the boys making a tree house in the councils tree. at the bottom of the flats i used to live in. Would i go back to that life? damn right i would. but got to grow up one day. 12/02/2008 23:18:24


Zuse - p.s for the older lot my dad was Austin Jobson R.I.P. and my mother was Jackie. leave msgs. I am also on facebook. Felix i remeber the eagle could hardly see over the table when my dad got me playin pool. 12/02/2008 23:23:26


Karen - Zuse, yeah I remember your dad well and was sad to hear that he had passed away. Many of my good memories stem from playing pool in the Eagle and Spinners with him, Felix, Wally and the rest of them. What a laugh and what good times. I also remember you as a young lad coming into the pub - so many years ago! Seen Lance about 9 years ago and recognised him immediately - he didn't have a clue who I was (funny) but we sat and talked and he told me how things were with everyone including Austin. Was good to catch up. Happy memories just a pity we can't just relive them for just a brief moment - don't think I could handle any longer nowadays...15/02/2008 13:19:06


Mike S - Hi All, its been amazing looking at this site, so many good memories of Hulme & Moss Side. Lived in Charles Barry Crescent between '77 & '84 (moved there when I was 5 years old) and had so many good times. Of course the good times were interlaced with a few bad events and even tragedies, but thats family life for you. The community spirit was unbelieveable, something that I have had no experience of since. Although I never had a choice in the matter, I have no regrets. 18/02/2008 13:47:15


Sofe - does anyone remember Birley High school? its hard to find pictures of it anywhere.... It was situated in Hulme.. My dad attended from 1969-1972.. 19/02/2008 21:37:15


Exhulme - here is a picture of Birley High school ( copy and paste the URL below ) http://www.images.manchester.gov.uk/web/objects/common/webmedia.php?irn=58869 if you want to check out more of the old Hulme, Moss Side over the last 100 years then go to this URL below ( copy and paste it ) http://www.images.manchester.gov.uk/ there is a search box if you scroll down, type Hulme or any road, street and you will find great photos from the past. There are plenty of photos of the new Hulme being built in the late 60's after the slum clearance, enjoy ! peace exhulme 19/02/2008 23:49:18


Mark - does anyone have pictures of the old loxford court with the castle in the middle','23/02/2008


Rob Courtney - How about having a section for old pictures i.e. people could scan and email their old photo's of hulme etc I know my mam has loads of albums of us growing up as kids on the streets of Hulme in Scarth walk and Otterburn close.\r\n\rThe creator of this sever just needs to provide an email address to send the pics to then upload them to a new section on the homepage. Good idea or not ????26/02/2008


Dave - ITS GONE GET OVER IT!! I LIVED THERE FOR 25 YEARS AND WAS GLAD TO SEE THE BACK OF IT.... I HATED IT THERE. IF ANYONE FEELS THE SAME TELL ME!! 27/02/2008 19:31:45


Matthew - There is a book called Ar' Back Yard that has just been released that I have just finished reading, which uses Hulme as the back drop to where the characters live. It is about that whole Madchester scene with all the bands and obvioulsy the clubs like The Hacienda and Konspiracy. It is totally fictional and in no way does the author suggest that is really how is was. I think he just uses it to create a more colourful place and give the character's more depth. The book is quality and relives a lot of what happened at the back end of the 1980s and early 1990s. And I have to say as someone who lived there around those times for around 5 years, when we had 'SQUAT NOW WHILST STOCKS LAST' as our slogan - then you will love this book.You can read extracts from the book, and even buy it through their further info page like I did at www.arbackyard.com The website is quality and well worth checking out. You can read extracts before buying. It is also the first in apparently a trilogy of books this guy is supposed to release. All I will say is that I cannot wait for the next book after reading the first. Anyway - check it out. I just thought I would let you guys know about it also. Matt 27/02/2008 22:17:40


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