Lark Hill Place
Lark Hill Place Changeover
As we reach the end of our Lark Hill Place 1918 project, we will be busy taking the street back to its original setting of 1897. So we can change over all the shop windows and complete a full conservation clean of the street it will be closed to the public during January 2019, reopening to the public on Tuesday 5 February 2019. Thank you for your patience whilst we complete this task.
Keep an eye on our social media feeds for updates as to progress, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the street in February. The rest of the galleries and the café will be open as usual during this time.
Take a step back in time to Lark Hill Place, an atmospheric re-creation of a typical northern street during Victorian times.
The street is set at the turn of the last century, although many of the items are older to show development over time. The ambience is set at teatime on a winter's evening when the street gas lamps have just been lit. The sounds of children playing, horse-drawn carriages and a 'knocker-upper' fill the street. Walk down the street and take a peek inside the any shops and houses, including a toy shop, chemist, grocers, a blacksmiths and an artisan's cottage.
Lark Hill Place was originally created in 1957 when many shops and houses in central Salford were being demolished to make way for new developments. Many of the shop fronts that are in Lark Hill Place today were saved and restored. The interiors have been furnished and are full of authentic objects, recreating the way they were used in Victorian times.
Visitors can explore the street and dress up in traditional Victorian costumes to really get in the spirit of things!
Shops and houses in Lark Hill Place
|Mathew Tomlison's General Store||Is a typical 'corner shop' selling food, household items and sweets|
|The Music Shop||sells a wide range of musical instruments including a harp, a reed organ, musical boxes and a pianola|
|The Printers||is shown as the publisher of the local weekly newspaper 'The Salford Reporter' which passed our of family ownership in 1948|
|Henry Radcliffe's Toy Shop||Marvel at the traditional Victorian toys, including a dapple-grey rocking horse, hand puppets, and games such as the diablo, yo-yo and whips and hoops|
|The Blue Lion Pub||is a corner pub, which has been reconstructed from a number of local pubs. A notice indicates that only those over 13 will be served!|
|John Hamer, Chemist and Druggist||Come and view a magical den of potions, jars and curiosities used to make medicines|
|Artisan's Cottage||A small living room where a whole family washed, cooked and ate, with a single bedroom above reached by a plank ladder|
|The Victorian Room||Inside this house is furnished with all the clutter of a Victorian middle-class family|
|William Bracegirdle, Blacksmith and Wheelwright||The forge was used to make iron parts for wagons and carts, craftsmen's tools and horseshoes|
|Louisa Greenhalgh, Dressmaker and Haberdasher||There are a number of feathered hats, beaded necklaces and purses, and a parasol made out of lace|
|James Critchley, Clogger||Look out for the long-toed boots with wooden soles, 20 inches long, and would have been used for dancing. You can see a picture in the window of a dancer wearing similar shoes|