The North West Film Archive

I had a very exciting trip to the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University a few weeks ago and have been able to compile a small showcase of three very special films of Smithfield Markets in their collection from the early 1900s and the 1970s. I think the aerial shot of the markets around 4 minutes is really something, but really all of it brings to life the stories collected over Collecting History these last few weeks.

Footage courtesy of the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University with additional thanks to Salford University for use of the final black and white film.

The Markets and Food Suppliers of Manchester
Smithfield Market Manchester 1853 – 1973
Smithfield Market 1973, copyright of Salford University


Oak Street and Around

Here’s some of the pages from Eddie Cartwright’s research folder, I think he said the notes came from a local area pub quiz they were holding in the Hare & Hounds pub, off Shudehill, but they really give a beginner like me some context and you can trace it against today’s map. Scholes Street in the above shot is no more and I assume it was built over or renamed when the housing behind MCDC was built?

Band on the Wall at the other end of Oak Street.

Whittle Street in 1904 and 2012.