Saturday, 2 May 2015

Old Stretford - Reminiscences of the Past Half-Century - Contents and Preface

OLD STRETFORD



REMINISCENCES
OF THE PAST HALF-CENTURY.




BY

SIR BOSDIN LEECH



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WITH ILLUSTRATIONS



PRIVATELY PRINTED
1910.


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CONTENTS


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                                                            PAGE
CHAP.  I. HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS................................ 5
  "   II. CONVEYANCES TO MANCHESTER.......................... 8
  "  III. PLACES OF PUBLIC WORSHIP........................... 10
  "   IV. STRETFORD HOSTELRIES............................... 14
  "    V. LOCAL CELEBRITIES.................................. 16
  "   VI. PECULIAR CUSTOMS................................... 20
  "  VII. OLD CUSTOMS........................................ 21
  " VIII. STRETFORD TRADES................................... 23
  "   IX. HISTORICAL NOTES................................... 29
  "    X. THE GOVERNMENT OF STRETFORD........................ 32
  "   XI. A FINAL RETROSPECT................................. 35

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PREFACE.


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  Dean Ramsay, when he published his book on "Scottish Life and Character,"
said his desire was "To preserve marks of past which would of themselves
soon become obliterated and to supply the rising generation with pictures of social
life, faded and indistinct to their eyes, but the strong lines of which an older race
still remember." With similar feelings I have taken up my pen to portray "Old
Stretford," and my object has been to enable the present generation to realise the
great changes that have taken place during the last half century. Pleasant visions
of the past have been recalled to my memory whilst engaged on the work, and
if its perusal gratifies my readers I shall be amply repaid for any trouble I have
taken.
                                                             B.T.L.

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OLD STRETFORD.


Some years ago I contributed to the "City
News" a description of Urmston as it was in
the days of my youth. At that time I col-
lected many notes connected with the neigh-
bouring village of Stretford, with which I
was intimately associated, inasmuch as I
lived within a few hundred yards of its
boundary and walked through it for nearly
thirty years, either on my way to school, to
business, or as a resident. Faces scenes, and
incidents connected with boyhood often cling
to one's memory when more sober and im-
portant factors of life have faded away: this
has been my case. For the purpose of por-
traying Stretford as it was fifty to sixty
years ago, I deal with the following subjects
in subsequent chapters:
          Its Highways and Byways.
          Conveyances to Manchester.
          Places of Public Worship.
          Stretford Hostelries.
          Local Celebrities.
          Peculiar Customs.
          Stretford Trades.
          Historical Notes.

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