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Posted By: Matthew Edwards
19-Jan-11 - 08:53 AM
Thread Name: Which Town is MacColl's Dirty Old Town?
Subject: RE: Which Town is MacColl's Dirty Old Town?
L in C# asked:- "Blue Plaque for somewhere in Urmston anybody?

Nice idea, Les, but where would you put it? Ewan MacColl/Jimmy Miller was born in rented rooms at 4 Andrew Street, Lower Broughton, but shortly after his birth the family moved a few streets away to a terraced house in Coburg Street*. Neither street exists nowadays although you can find them both, on either side of Lower Broughton Road by looking in Old Maps and entering "Lower Broughton" in the search box. Look at the Lancashire and Furness 1908 map at 1:2500 scale just north of where the River Irwell makes a large loop south.

MacColl was born nearly 96 years ago, on 25 January 1915. Anybody want to sing 'Happy Birthday' for him next Tuesday?

*Information from Ben Harker's biography of MacColl Class Act, and here is an interesting commentary on Culture in Salford written by Ben Harker.