Then and now. Oldham 13th October 1941.

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Then and now. Oldham 13th October 1941

These chaps have just dug this thing up from 28 feet under Lilac Lane in Oldham.

Peter J C Smith (2003) notes that during the two hour air raid on Oldham on the night of 12 October 1941, 27 people were killed including 4 children, and a further 47 were injured of which 16 were seriously injured. There were 5 unexploded bombs in Oldham to be dealt with the following morning.

Same scene, Lilac Lane, Oldham, as it is now.
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Old photo © Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives. Used with kind permission.

19 comments on “Then and now. Oldham 13th October 1941.
  1. steveandthedogs says:

    These are great records, and good to see the modern shots as well.

  2. redrocker_9 says:

    You should have been a history teacher Ian~

  3. Neal. says:

    Still standing thanks to those men, I had a girlfriend whose uncle did this, got an O.B.E. for it, ran a model shop in Southend.

  4. Ian D B says:

    They were a brave bunch. Heroic deeds were done thousands of times every day.

    Remember Danger UXB?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVAZmF2d8es

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/redrocker_9/]

    yeah, I’d bore the living daylights out of the poor wee sods.

  5. Billy Currie says:

    Their expressions don’t look to happy, stunning historic image

  6. andyholmfirth says:

    Quite a photo that one.And there’s guys still out there doing this today !

  7. het broertje van.. says:

    Absolutely brilliant man!!!

  8. BillAnd says:

    bomb disposal crews didnt mind defusing these larger bombs, cos if it went off – they wouldnt know, it would simply be the end. Smaller devices however were a different matter – they just maimed or injured, thus more painful

    great piece of history and research as always Ian

    many thanks for sharing

  9. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    I wonder how much people living in this street are aware of what happened on their doorstep during the war and of the existence of this photograph! Amazing pics.

  10. Boston Harold says:

    Is that a 1,000 pounder? Lord a’ mercy!

  11. charles widdall says:

    The Cranberry pub on Cranberry St Glodwick. Hit by ‘Doodlebug’ rebuilt and reopened about Christmas 1965. Teddy and Annie Faulkner, Wilsons licensees first landlord and lady on reopening. Had my wedding reception upstairs 12 March 1966… 60 guests 3 course chicken roast plus evening buffet £34.17/6pence total, just about 60pence each!! but I think we drank the pub dry!

  12. Ian Crickett says:

    I don’t think the Cranberry Street bomb was a V1 (doodlebug). That was the one that fell on Abbeyhills Road at Christmas 1944. (Nearly got me, that one). My dad lived on Roundthorn Road in 1941, and he always told me that when his mate’s house went up with the original Cranberry pub, they went round in the morning, and there was a light bulb hanging from one of the beams in the shattered house which was still switched on. We used to play in the cinders on the bomb site when we were kids in the 50s, and used bricks to make ‘streets’ to ride our bikes round.

    • Ian D B says:

      Hi Ian, thanks for your visit and comment. Please follow my link in the comment above regarding the V1 which fell at Abbey Hills Rd.

      I understood Abbeyhills is in Glodwick? That’s what I thought Charles was referring to, Cranberry St being just 500m from where the V1 came down. Given the blast damage from a V1 typically extended about one mile from the point of impact, I took it Charles was referring to the same?

      However it is interesting to read of a separate bomb falling on Cranberry Street?

      Next week I intend to start a trawl through the Oldham archives and do a complete piece about the bombing of the town, similar to the one I did regarding the bombing history of Bury (follow the link above to Air Raids & Bomb Sites). Cranberry Street will be as good a place to start as any. Watch this space!

      Thanks for sharing your memories.

      Ian

    • Stewart Cole says:

      Bomb fell on house in Abbeyhills road on my mother in laws wedding night.Some people sadly were killed.Mother-in-law Ethel Molden.

  13. Christoher Coulthard says:

    Very brave men who were paid a pittance for doing that work. I couldnt imagine the British youth of today doing that.

    Chris in Huddersfield

  14. Alan Noden says:

    12th October 1941 Oldham bombed

    Sirens sounded at 11-06pm
    The raid lasted 112 minutes

    Bombs (H.E.) landed at :-

    Foxdenton Lane
    Behind the Elk mill – Broadway
    Hollinwood cemetry
    Oak Road, Hollins
    Lilac Lane, Hollins
    In the lodge of the Twist
    St. Margaret’s Institute, Incline Road
    Green Lane – Garden Suburbs
    The boys football ground – Fredrick Street
    Manley Road
    Mirfield Avenue
    Cranberry Street, Glodwick
    West Lea school
    Napier Street East
    Werneth Hall Road
    Breeze Hill Road
    Werneth Golf Course
    In the grounds of the “Coppice” – Windsor Road
    Chamber colliery bowling green

  15. ALAN WALKDEN says:

    WELL DONE ALAN. Thanks for the list of bomb sites,It brought back many memories I would visit and play on many of those bomb sites within days of them being bombed ,looking for shrapnel etc ,I was just a kid about 10 years old. By that time the sites ha been cleared and leveled.It is sad but at that age it was just another wartime adventure. Alan Walkden

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