Eastford Square – Collyhurst

Once there were homes, postwar social housing.

Once there were jobs, a measure of prosperity.

A settled community.

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Time has not been kind to North Manchester, successive slumps, double-dip depressions, economic downturns, and centrally imposed recession hurts.

The local authority steps in, from 2009 the fate of Eastford Square is sealed.

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Spells demolition.

One wing is already gone, the maisonettes are tinned up.

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The Flower Pot Café, still fully functional, fed me well for £2, Lee the proprietor is living on borrowed time though, hoping for relocation within the new development.

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Other businesses have not survived the transition, awaiting CPO and who knows what.

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The square is blessed with a concrete sculpture, whose fate I hope is secured, somehow.

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Possibly by William Mitchell – possibly not.

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This as ever, is a time of change, I hope that the area and its current inhabitants live to tell the tale, rather than fall victim to the tide of gentrification, forcing them further afield.

O Romeo Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

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7 thoughts on “Eastford Square – Collyhurst

  1. I loved here upto 1989 my parents 2010 had to move out heartbroken…in q970s early 80’s there was a community spirit here ..that will never be repeated in our lifetime again…i had many a happy childhood here growing up with my grandparents living next door but one. .our row above the shops is still up for some reason..
    long live collydog!

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  2. I lived at number 5, we were a big family, i loved it here lots of memories growing up, remember the silver jubilee party on the square wish i had pictures, the guy selling the manchester evening news sat on the wall. lovely growing up great neighbours.

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