by Paul Dyson
Photograph above: Stanley Horrocks, St James Church, Higher Broughton, 1977
Recently, we posted an article by Paul Dyson on his memories of Higher Broughton. The post was illustrated with photographs by Paul's stepfather Stanley (Stan) Horrocks. This post now focusses on Stan and his love for Salford and photography.
Stan was born into a large family living at 12 Wally Street, Higher Broughton, the sixth child of Frederick and Beatrice Mary Horrocks. He lived and worked for almost all his life within the boundaries of the old Salford and was fascinated with its history.
After education to the age of 14 at St James’ and Grecian Street Schools, Stan worked for the Post Office until joining Salford City Police, soon followed by war service in both the RAF and Army.
A varied police career gave him wide experience and a detailed acquaintance with the city. After being the first Salford officer to attend the Police College, he reached the rank of Chief Inspector in the new Manchester & Salford force.
Through most his life Stan had worshipped at St James’ Church, Higher Broughton, where he was a constant member of the choir, a Sunday School teacher and youth club leader. Alongside his police work he qualified and served as a Church of England Lay Reader.
Soon after retirement Stan took a degree in Theology at Manchester University, trained at Mirfield Theological College and was afterwards ordained priest. For most of his ministry he looked after the parish of St Clement, Lower Broughton.
Stan’s interest in Salford Local History bore fruit in the many talks he gave to groups all over the city, showing how streets and districts had changed and developed over the years. He illustrated these with hundreds of his own colour slides, some of which were shown in the “Salford Lost Streets” Exhibition in July to December 2012 at the Central Library and Art Gallery.
Stan died in 2005, survived by his wife Rose, step-children Paul Dyson and Susan Wanty, three grandchildren and now four great-grandchildren. Some of the wider Horrocks family remain Salford residents.