A very early Manchester football derby in support of a local mining disaster

Hyde Lane CollieryHistorically Manchester was in Lancashire but to the east in nearby Hyde, which in those days was across the county border in Cheshire, was Hyde Lane Colliery. It was located alongside the Lower Peak Forest Canal and what is now known as Manchester Road. It started extracting coal about 1794 following the completion … More A very early Manchester football derby in support of a local mining disaster

What’s in the name of a house? – YEGORYEVSK, Longhurst Lane, Mellor

Mellor, a small village established during the cotton revolution, sitting in the foothills of the Pennines is arguably the remotest village in Greater Manchester. Historically it was in Derbyshire, incorporated into Cheshire in 1936, and finally gobbled up by Greater Manchester in 1974. Though it is an ancient village, the main road through it, Longhurst … More What’s in the name of a house? – YEGORYEVSK, Longhurst Lane, Mellor

All the Dambuster Dams

Discussions about attacking dams in Germany in the event of conflict in Europe had started before WW2. In late 1940 Wallis had taken his idea of attacking the Möhne and Eder Dams to the Building Research Establishment (BRE), or as it was known at that time the Building Research Station (BRS) near Watford where engineering … More All the Dambuster Dams

Operation Chastise – The Dambusters a minute-by-minute account

A minute-by-minute account of the famous Dambuster Raid by 19 special Avro Lancaster bombers and their ‘Bouncing Bombs’ which took place during the evening of 16 – 17 May 1943. My book, with some unique documents, gives the true storey of the Flight Engineer of Dambuster Z-Zebra. My book which includes some unique documents – … More Operation Chastise – The Dambusters a minute-by-minute account

Mellor History Maps

By popular demand! a series of maps showing some of the historic locations with Mellor parish boundary. I will add more over time, but please feel free to comment or correct. Mills Coal Mines Football pitches Pubs present and past Marple Bridge historical sites Links Ludworth Moor Collieryhttps://pleszak.blog/2021/12/13/ludworth-moor-colliery/ Rod Thackray paintingshttps://pleszak.blog/2021/11/13/rod-thackray-paintings-n-e-w/ Oldknow’s Seathttps://pleszak.blog/2021/08/18/oldknows-seat/ MELLOR – … More Mellor History Maps

Ian Niven, Manchester City Honorary President describes his best ever City game

The late, great, Ian Niven Manchester City Honorary President and die-hard supporter describes the best game he remembered in all the years, and it was more than 90, he spent following the team he idolized. The game was a not only a top of the table late season clash away at arch-rivals and reigning champions … More Ian Niven, Manchester City Honorary President describes his best ever City game

The day a Lincoln bombed a Lancaster, and a Meteor shot a Meteor shooting a Lincoln

Argentina, and the day – Saturday the 17th of September 1955. It was the second day of the Revolución Libertadora: the Liberation Revolution in which Argentinian rebels, including sections of the military, rose up against the government of General Juan Domingo Perón. After several days of bloody fighting rebel forces overthrew those loyal to the … More The day a Lincoln bombed a Lancaster, and a Meteor shot a Meteor shooting a Lincoln