Jump to content

Howard's 2-4 Swan Street Manchester


nkgibbs
 Share

Recommended Posts

This is a bit of an aside, but I am doing some work in Manchester at the moment and have walked past this address several times this week. It is now occupied by what looks like a 1930s building/facaded building, home to the Big Issue in the North (a paper sold by homeless people - for those outside the UK). Peering through the shop front I can't see any signs of the original layout etc.).

 

The little badge is certainly in a higher league than the usual paper dealer's labels that appear on Lachenals. If time permits I'll have a look in the library to see if they have any old street directories that might shed light on this operation. Is there a number on the concertina that might help with dating?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A quick look at SLATER'S DIRECTORY 1911 shows :-

 

Howard's Ltd. Musical Instrument Makers

143 Oldham Street. Manchester.

 

And I understand they were still in Oldham Street until the 1950s but, of course, it's a later address.

 

However, I've found evidence that Samuel Howard was at 2 & 4, Swan Street through the 1890's and into the early 1900s.

 

He's still there in my 1903 copy of the Musical Opinion & Music Trade Review Directory, in which he described himself as a "Piano, organ, and harmonium dealer."

Edited by Stephen Chambers
Link to comment
Share on other sites

He described himself in that as a "Piano, organ, and harmonium dealer."

 

Which has led me find that Samuel Howard was "A talented inventor of improvements to the American organ who was described (Musical Opinion 1898) as a prominent music dealer and professor." (Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume Harmonium, the History of the Reed Organ and its Makers.)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...