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Joining the Facebook group Heeley Past and Present might be fruitful. I have seen at least one picture on there of a cottage that used to stand opposite the church, A stone fronted one that stood parallel to the road.

 

Thanks, I'll have a look.

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Lived in Moffatt Road from 1958 to 1978 and my parents lived there until 1991. Before that lived in a prefab on Warburton Gardens. I know we all look at the past with rose tinted specs but I can honestly say they were great times to be a kid. You were never frightened, you could play on the street or go to the woods, stay out all day as long as you were back for tea. Two channels on the TV, no mobile phones, no facebook or twitter, no computers. Just bat and ball, basic toys, books and your own imagination.

 

Went through the area the other day and a lot has changed but there are still some places that bring back memories - Heeley bank School, Midhill Road (remember the Co-Op?), City Surveyors, Ball Inn etc. Got me thinking of places no longer there. Horses Field (Black Banks), Taggy's, Wilkinsons Builders yard, Little Sisters of the Poor convent, shops opposite Heeley Church.

 

Does anyone remember the shops on Anns Road? I can remember Marsdens on the corner of Myrtle Road (there was a telephone box there too where people queued to make calls), Betty's was on the opposite corner. Then moving along the was a Bakery, a Butchers (can't remember the name), Beats greengrocers and Woolhouses newsagent all on the corner with Alexander Road. There were others too at the corner with Richards Road and an Off Licence at he corner of Spencer Road. I'm pretty sure there was a barbers somewhere as well.

 

I also remember - or at least I think I do - that there used to be a house at the bottom of Myrtle Road/Prospect Road by the side of the rail tracks almost under Havelock Bridge. Can anyone confirm?

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Can't remember the name of the ' offy' at the minute , it'll come to me ? Joe's barbers was diagonally opposite and mitchells chippy a few doors down Spencer Rd.  Drakes was the Off Licence !!

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20 hours ago, kevvy said:

Can't remember the name of the ' offy' at the minute , it'll come to me ? Joe's barbers was diagonally opposite and mitchells chippy a few doors down Spencer Rd.  Drakes was the Off Licence !!

Joe Schofield was the barber, his son was Neil in our class at Carfield. Drakes had 2 daughters both at Carfield, one was head girl ( we think).  Mitchell's chippie was opposite the bus stop going down to town ( 33 & 34), their kids were also in Carfield. There was a  kid with the surname Garrity who went to Newfield,  his mother worked in Mitchell's chippie, we usually got extra portions. The greengrocers on Richards Road next to the bus stop going up was called Thorntons.. The other greengrocer on the corner of Alexandra Road and Anns Road was Beets.

There was a hairdresser on Richards Road called Rene Mead, one of her stylists Janet Kitson (married to Terry Kitson's brother) took over the shop in the 60's. She had a stylist called Veronica Blythe who later bought the salon towards  Bramhall Lane just over Havelock Bridge, it was called Hair Magic.

Another shop we recalled was a cobblers on the corner of Alexandra Road and Cross Myrtle Road, he was Polish ( we think) and could tackle any problem, even stilettos!

There was also a general grocers on Alexandra Road midway down called Havenhand's opposite Greatorex which had been closed for years but, still had the signage.

Forster Road had a launderette, Gowers & Burgons, Staley's newsagaents, and Kermeen's chemist who we think moved to Heeley Green near to Tingle's drapers and Joe Woolhouse. newsagent.

Frank Woolhouse (Joe's brother) had the newsagents on Anns Road which he ran with his wife Jessie. 

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