Programme of Events


Dear Members,
Our programme of events for 2018 begins on

    Tuesday March 20th

at 7.30pm. with a talk from our former Chairman Ian Pringle. Ian will bring us up to date with information about Philips Park, and his current research concerning Prestwich in general. Do try to join us at our usual venue, The Church Inn. Church Lane, Prestwich.

The following talk will be on

    Tuesday April 10th

Usual time and place and will be given by Paul Hindle who has spoken to us previously about the canal system. Paul will tell us of the Meccano Bridge recently built over the Bury Bolton canal.

Our talk for May will be by Stephen Eckersley who will speak to us about the Red Rose Steam Society. I’m sure many of you are interested in the history of steam trains and will greatly enjoy this speaker. The talk will be on

    Tuesday May 22nd

at the usual time and place.

This talk will be just after Clough Day which is on Sunday May 20th, starting at 12 noon in Saint Marys Flower Park. We do hope you will all join us and the brass bands and Morris men, together with all the usual fun and entertainments.
Any of you who can help to man our stand on the day do please find us on the field at 11am to help set up the stall and help out our visitors.
As many of you will know, one of our most popular members Peter Roughan sadly died a couple of months ago.
Peters daughter Susan has asked that her dad should be remembered by the Society and it is proposed that a memorial brass plaque should be placed on one of the benches in Saint Marys Flower Park. The society is happy to do this and a day for the ceremony will be arranged with Susan, together with words for the plaque. We will leave this until the summer, when the weather is better.

You will be pleased to know that Tom Gribben is now out of hospital after his triple bypass and is recovering at home. We wish you well Tom.

Hoping to see you all soon.

Cheers Amanda



  1. I have read your article on rectory lane my grandparents lived on Bent lane

  2. Joy Moran says:

    My great grandfather, Peter Booth, set up a printing business and shop called the Prestwich Bazaar on Bury New Road of which I have a photograph. His son James Booth took over the business but died in 1899 of an appendicitis, four months before my father was born on Jan. 1st 1900. Margaret Booth, his wife carried on with the business. I think they did the printing in Warwick street then


    Hello. Im thinking my family has quite a lot of history in Prestwich, most are buried in the church down Church Lane, St Marys I think. My Great Grandad, William, started a cycle shop then a garage called Grimshaws on the corner of Fairfax Road, I have some photos. In 1909 he gave record recycles around Manchester and most famously in Heaton Park where 40,000 people came to listen, he also did the same at Winter Gardens, Blackpool..he had a Hat business and a Greengrocers, married a lady named Ellen, I have quite a lot of details if anybody is interested.

  4. Are there any dates for 2015 meetings at The Church Inn ? I would like to come across and visit, but I also have commitments in France, so need to organise my diary.



  5. Sharon reynolds says:

    I love prestwich lived in Harold Street age 9-15 my grandparents home his name was Sidney Austin does anyone remember him and my nana was Martha Hallyday austin

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