We are travelling backwards and forwards in time – firstly back to 1845 when the street was yet to be built, before the Industrial Revolution created the need for workers’ homes, to house the workers from the newly built workplaces, which also did not yet exist.
It was almost all fields around here.
A little further forward to 1896 when Jetson Street has emerged fully formed from the fields, along with rail, road, amusement and industry.
Fast forward to today and it’s all almost still there – though most of the work and the majority of the amusement has evaporated into a cloud of post-industrial, Neo-Liberal economic stagflation.
So why am I here – fast forward to the fictional future!
As a kid I watched as the Jet Age emerged before my very square eyes, giving the street a certain cosmic charm – I was curious.
I have searched online – this seems to be the one and only Jetson Street in the whole wide world – I searched online for its origins.
The name Jetson means Son Of Jet and is of American origin.
Which quite frankly seems unreasonably glib.
The name Jetson is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the names Judd and Jutt, which are pet forms of the personal name Jordan. These names are derived from Jurd, a common abbreviation of Jordan, and feature the common interchange of voiced and voiceless final consonants.
The surname Jetson was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Which quite frankly seems unreasonably obscure.
Let’s jet back to 1964.
T Brooks wandered these streets taking thousands of photographs for the Manchester Corporation, possibly the housing or highways departments – they all still exist here on the Local Image Collection.
This was a world of corner shops on ever corner, settled communities full-employment, neatly ordered rows of sturdy brick-built homes.
I follow in his hallowed footsteps, what if anything remains of this world – fast forward to 2015 my first fleeting visit.
The area now has a richer racial mix – having recently become home to many African and Eastern European families. The architectural consistency of the houses has been swamped by render, window frame replacement, addition and extension, and the arrival of a plethora of motor cars. The majority of shops now long gone, as the once pedestrian community spread their retail wings and wheels elsewhere.
5 thoughts on “Jetson Street – Abbey Hey”
Brilliant work.. But one other fact its original name was Jackson Street. Just can’t remember the dates it was changed
I had seen Jackson St on earlier maps – not sure when the change occurred – Thanks for the kind words.
Really enjoyed looking through these photos Steve (I live on Chapman St nearby). I’ve also really loved looking through your Eight Laundrettes book. Some brilliant photos in there. Incidentally, have you visited the laundrette in Mossley? I spotted it a couple of years ago as I was passing late one evening and took a couple of photos through the window. Anyway, keep up the good work Steve and hopefully I’ll see you on one of your group mooches before too long. Hull was the last one I was on. Cheers
Thanks Phil so glad that you enjoyed the book and the blog – it really is a pleasure to undertake this “work”. I do know the Mossley Laundrette but it’s invariably busy as I cycle past. We should be back up and running with the walks soon, I really enjoyed Hull and have devised another route arounds there – take care Steve.
Loved in Abbey Hey til I was 13 yo. Nearly 75 now!