Searching for Great Great Grandfather

James (Feathers) Fisher was a nineteenth century police officer in Manchester. He lived in the area known as Ardwick.

Back in 2003 we went looking for his former home but it turned out to be a ‘no hoper’. Ardwick has been flattened and rebuilt. I haven’t investigated whether this was due to Second World War bombing or later slum clearance. Maybe it was both. But this is what we found.


Even the street names from his over ten year stay in the area seem to have vanished so we just took a general shot of what Ardwick looked like. That was our car parked on the road. It like all the buildings would seem to date from the second half of the 20th century.

James would have known the railway viaduct approaching what is now Manchester Piccadilly station. No doubt he’d be baffled by all those wire supporting gantries.

Oh well! You can’t win them all!


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2 Responses to “Searching for Great Great Grandfather”

  1. Gallery of Postcards Says:

    This reminds me of my own hometown….I was away for more than a decade and when I went back, the place seemed to be a stranger

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