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Star date: 1st December 2012

A CHURCH, A SCHOOL, A START IN SALFORD CENTRE

Start in Salford has just won a Lottery Heritage Fund award to tell the story of its base at Brunswick House on Broad Street. Now the community art charity is looking for people with memories of the building – from when it was a church, a school or in its current format. Gareth Lyons reports…

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Start in Salford Brunswick House Start in Salford Lottery Award
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Salford Residents Wanted to Explore History of Salford Landmark

Start in Salford, the community creative arts charity, has been awarded a £9,900 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of a country-wide initiative to bring to life the stories of historic buildings and monuments.

Start in Salford's headquarters, the historic Grade II listed Brunswick House, situated on Broad Street, has been chosen as one such building. As a result Start in Salford want to hear from people who have memories of Brunswick House, whether it be when Brunswick House was a church, school or in its current guise as a community learning centre.

All stories will be used to tell the story of the building from a human perspective, keeping history alive in our city with its ever changing and soulless new skyline.

"All of us at Start in Salford are thrilled to have been awarded this grant and we can't wait to get started" says Michelle Dennett of Start in Salford "Brunswick House is such a special place and we are sure there is so much to discover about its past."

If you have a story or wish to get involved contact Michelle Dennett on 0161 351 6000 or email michelle.dennett@startinsalford.org.uk

* Photo shows Brunswick House circa 1909

William Lockett wrote
at 17:26:04 on 17 November 2017
My mum and dad were the caretakers of Brunswick curch in the late 60s and early 70s. My sisters and I played in the walled graveyard at the back. In the basement of the Section of the Church where the tall Tower was (no longer visible on the colour photo) there had been a first World war hospital and the door in to the cellar on the side of the Church was completely sealed up. As a kid of 8 years old I soon found a way to sneak into the cellar through a hole in the wall behind the boiler room. In 1970 the cellar was still full of iron bedsteads and all the stuff associated with an early hospital including ornate ceramic water filtration pots. It was a really creepy Place which made it so much fun for me and my chums to explore with a candle. Strangely I still occaisionaly Dream about the old Church and the cellar and they are not unpleasant Dreams. Such fun we had.
 
Dawne Sheldrick Keating wrote
at 06:39:03 on 19 December 2012
Tears and smiles seeing my old sunday school, and local church, where i used to go I lived just down the road no more than 200yds @ 40 Broad Street Between the Pendleton congregational and this was on the corner of strawberrry Road the old mail box is still there. number 40 was where the gap now is between the new flats immediately at the top of Gerrard St. oh so many memories of Broad Street was so sad when they dismantled the Brunswick Church they sold it and the stonework was shipped abroad made my dad furious the church was also on songs of praise yours sincerely Dawne
 
Dawne Sheldrick Keating wrote
at 06:38:58 on 19 December 2012
this church and its John Wesley school Building can also be seen in a film which dora Bryan starred in think its called a taste of honey as the bus actually passes down Broad Street I lived on broad st from the late 50's to 1980 when they demolished the row of houses which had a name plate on the end of the block 2 doors down from ours on the front of the house/offices known as Coronet caravan's which curved round the corner onto Gerrard St(number 1) and the name plate said CHESTER PLACE but the postal address was known simply as Broad St..oh you so have my heart and head going I so miss the old church and Living on Broad St...has so lost the old community spirit now.....I would move back to Broad st to live right now so many memories growing up there :) Give me the OLD SALFORD ANYDAY !!!!
 
White wrote
at 14:30:59 on 03 December 2012
Between 1961 and 1965 when I was a part-time student at Salford ‘Tech‘, the building was used, when needed as an examination hall.
 
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