Slum Clearance

This photo from the Walter Greenwood Collection in the University of Salford Archives shows Hanky Park after the brick terraced homes were demolished. The church in the background seems to be St Paul’s church. The photo was probably taken around 1965.

What makes the atmosphere so eerie are the chalk drawings on the pavement next to manholes with missing covers and the telegraph pole without wires. The two people in the right-hand-side background wear black which enhances the atmosphere. Some houses are half-demolished and reveal some interior walls – am I too dramatic in saying that the building exhibits the remnants of the private life of its inhabitants?

Does anybody have any memories of this place and of what was there before? Can you identify the street where the photo was taken from?

Hanky Park after demolition, 1960s. Walter Greenwood Collection. WGC/4/4/6

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One Reply to “Slum Clearance”

  1. Certain that the church shown isn’t St Paul’s I would suggest it is one of the churches on Broad Street.
    I was born in Hanky Park in 1950 and saw the demolition of the area, as a young boy it was an adventure playground for me and countless numbers of children.
    We were a family of seven living in the typical two up two down terraced house with an outside toilet and no bathroom but we had a fantastic community spirit.
    May I recommend my book, Hanky Park which you may hopefully find to be of some interest.

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