History

THE GHOSTLY TRACE OF LONG LOST BOOTS

 ‘What is this life if, full of care, 

 We have no time to stand and stare?’ 

What would the poet W.H. Davies have to say about so many who now seem umbilically affixed to their mobile phones, as if their very survival depended on them?

How many, while so engaged, never look up or around them when they might discover architectural marvels and throngs of silent watchers over our beautiful city?

And in Broughton Street, for example, how many ghostly survivals of its past will they have missed?

MEET THE ALBANY STREET EXPERT

There’s been a very appreciative response to articles in the last two months’ printed Spurtles about the history of houses on Albany Street. So much so, in fact, that we thought readers might be interested to learn more about their author. 

Barclay Price has lived in Albany Street for 20 years, having previously lived in London where he worked as a senior Arts administrator.     

BROUGHTHON ROAD WAY BACK WHEN

In Issue 264 (out from 1 July) we published John ‘Jackie’ Hogg’s photo, from 1935, of the Christy  brothers in good voice during a children’s sing-song in the back-greens of Broughton Road. 

Here we show it again for those who want a closer look. 

Hogg sent us two other images which we now publish for the first time. They both date from 1940 and detail ‘Spitfire’ concerts held to raise money for the war effort.

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