A view of Chorlton Green shortly after 1895. The large ornamental lamp was one of four provided, rather reluctantly, by the ratepayers who had to foot the bill, in1875 as Chorlton's first street lighting. Though four is the officially quoted number there is photographic evidence that there were six but perhaps two were later additions. The return of the Green to the public enabled the lamp to be moved to the centre of the Green, the position shown here was approximately that of the stone block with an inset ring which was used for tethering the bull when bull-baiting was a feature of the annual wakes.

All material is taken from 'Looking Back at Chorlton-cum-Hardy', by John Lloyd, courtesy of Willow Publishing, whose permission is gratefully acknowledged.

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