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From: Sarah Redman
Email: sahara6363('at' symbol)ntlworld.com
Subject: Map of Little Italy Anocats
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:50:21

Hi I am doing some research into sub-communities in the Ancoats - Bradford-Clayton area and would like to know if Little Italy was associated with certain streets/areas/parts of Ancoats? Do you know anything about other ethnicities living in these wards? With many thanks Sarah


From: Angelina Brookfield
Email: poetontapangelina('at' symbol)yahoo.com
Subject: Alfieri's Ice-cream
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:41:57

I came across this wonderful site and thought I must add my families name to it. My grandfather Vito Alfieri and my grandmother Rachel lived on Purden Street, Ancoats in the early part of the last century. (They had lived on Caroline Street (and Water Street I think) but I am not sure where the streets are or were). They had a big family including Joseph, Victor, Frances, Mary , Vincent (my father) Albert, Vito and Anthony. They also had two other siblings, one was the twin of Mary (I think she must have passed away) and one girl Angelina who I may have been called after.

My Grandfather came over on his own at about 16 years old from Sessa Arunca in the province of Casserta near Naples. They lived in Ancoats a long time and then moved to Cheetham Hill. I am not sure when he started his ice-cream business but he had a small cart and it had the Alfieri name on the side. I have a sketch which was taken from a photograph which was published in the Manchester Evening News in the 1970's. It is a picture of my grandfather with three little boys, one who could be my dad! outside a shop called Kinsey's which looked like a sweet shop? I don't know where it was. The sketch takes pride of place in my living room!

My grandad also worked for Giovanni Andreucci (John Andrews) another ice-cream seller. He had lots of ice-cream carts which were pulled by horses. I have a photograph of my grandad with them. I think my grandad sold ice-cream in Cheetham Hill as I lived in the family house and we had a big vat in the cellar. Unfortunately I never met my grandparents. But I would like my grandad's ice-cream to be mentioned if possible among all the other Italian ice-cream sellers who came over from Italy some so young and without any money and went on to have their own little businesses. My grandad worked at the Midland Hotel as a porter and then a chef I am told. I remember lots of the names on the list as my dad Vincent was friends with many of them in the building trade. Matt Andrews was one friend a son of the Andrews family. Other friends were Peter Schiavo and Frank Sinacola and Rudy mancini's who my dad he kept in touch with for years. My dad worked for Quiligotti family who he had been friends with from school.

I did walk with the Italian Society when I was 13 in 1965. Before the walking day I went on a bus to Ancoats and went up to an ice-cream van and asked the man what I should do to walk with the Italians and he told me to go to a house at the back of the Daily Express (not something I would advise now!). I knocked on the door and a lady and several children came to the door and I told them why I was there and they got out all their dresses and were so kind. I went home and an auntie made me one just the same, and on the day I got together with the children (I think) and a reporter asked if we were all from the same family and they all said yes, so he took our photo and it ended up in the Manchester Evening News! I had just gone along with it as it was so exciting and I had a wonderful day! I recently went around Ancoats and although St Michael's church is still there (My dad went to the school) Most of the streets are all gone but this site keeps it all alive. Thank you! Kind Regards Angelina Brookfield (Alfieri)


From: John J Bacigalupo
Email: johnnybaci('at' symbol)me.com
Subject: My Great-Grandad John Bacigalupo
Date: Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:32:48

I was reading your site and saw the message about Bacigalupo's and how someone had spoken to my grandmother some years ago. J Bacigalupo Ices was my Great-Grandad who was actually killed whilst selling ices on the streets of Manchester when a vehicle hit his horse which then caused the fatal accident. There was a 'single' record produced and sold in aid of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and Booth Hall Children's Hospital created by Redmayne with the Lowry School Choir and the Prestwich Silver Band. I have a copy at home which tells the story of Mr Bacigalupo's ices and how the kids would wait by their front doors. It must have been made maybe 30 years ago. It has a picture of the cart and great-grandad on the front. We should get a copy on your site, it would bring a tear to a glass-eye, my grandfather Louis always said this when he sat listening to the record.


From: Julie McCarthy
Email: Julie.McCarthy('at' symbol)42ndstreet.org.uk
Subject: Ancoats Art Museum
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:50:27

I am working on a project with young people's charity 42nd Street in Ancoats. We are researching and responding to the history of the Ancoats Art museum (also known locally as the Horsfall Museum) open in Ancoats from the late 1800s until the mid 1950s. If anyone has any memories of visiting the museum we would love to hear from you. Or maybe you went to the Railway Club (as the museum became). It was based in Ancoats Hall on the corner of Every Street. I am also trying to find out information about a small shop on the corner of Great Ancoats Street and Jersey Street that is part of our property. Does anyone know the history of the shop? I was told it might have been one of the first Italian Deli's in Manchester - and due to its location, this is quite probable, but I know nothing more. Please get in touch if you have any information about either of these, or would like to know more about the project. Our website will be up soon at www.adifferentspirit.org.uk Thanks Julie


From: john aldred
Email: aldredjohn('at' symbol)hotmail.co.uk
Subject: Rose Sinacola
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:22:55



From: Jonathan Davison
Email: jonathan.davison6('at' symbol)gmail.com
Subject: Carol Davison of Marple
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:41:18

Carol Davison of Marple Grandmother comes from the Muccichoidi family in Ancoats who had family ties to the BACIGALUPO family and the ANDREUCCI family, who are related to "Andrew's" ice cream man.


From: peter hall
Email: peter.hallroofer('at' symbol)hotmail.co.uk
Subject: Domonic Sinacola
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:55:07

Paula. I new a lad when I lived in Miles Platting we were both sent to what I think was called a convalescent home, I remember sharing a hut in the grounds of this home and both of us hated being there, we tried to run away and got as far as this main road under a mountain/hill called dangerpoint,that was it for us, so we just went back. My mam and dad came shortly after that and took me on my first ever holiday to Towyn, never new what happend to him after that. If he was the same person good luck.


From: Gaetano Lombardo
Email: gaetanolombardo1986('at' symbol)gmail.com
Subject: buon giorno
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:38:16

Buon giorno, siamo Gaetano e Valentina , due giovani italiani a Manchester , arrivati due mesi fa. Abbiamo sentito parlare della vostra associazione e vorremmo venirvi a trovare di persona pił presto possibile. Aspettiamo vostre notizie. A presto


From: Paul Stelfox
Email: stelfox 29('at' symbol)gmail.com
Subject: My dad Norman Stelfox
Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:02:31

My dad Norman Stelfox use to work for John Levaggi in the day.I Paul use to go to work with my dad and knew the family well. I remember being shown how the ice cream was made in the factory.I was taken on the rounds which coverd all Tameside.I loved how people knew when we would arrive and that my dad was known by his first name. His van was called Dolly after my Nana. Those were the days.


From: Pat Fowles
Email: patfowles1('at' symbol)bigpond.com
Subject: Fantastic website
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:22:37

Thanks for a fantastic website Anthony. I have very fond memories of Italian ice cream. Used to take a glass out to the van when it came round for 3d worth. Pat x


From: Amy
Email: amywaymey69('at' symbol)hotmail.com
Subject: Lost family, Castelli
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:59:33

Hi I'm Wondering if anyone can help me, I'm looking for a man named Carmelo Castelli who lived in the area around 1957, all I know is he was here with his sister and was originally from Sicily, he dated my nana for at least a year and was 21 at the time.if anyone has information please please get in touch, thank you.


From: Thomas
Email: twjl('at' symbol)ymail.com
Subject: Research
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:10:45

Good afternoon, I am trying to trace my Great Grandparents and my Grandfather, I know they lived in Ancoats circa 1900. Is anybody able to assist? Regards Thomas


From: Jan Cropper
Email: jancropper('at' symbol)live.co.uk
Subject: Antonio Cavaliere
Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2013 15:45:29

Looking for more information and any photos on my great great grandfather. Have a copy of his marriage certificate and looking for info on his father Domenico Cavaliere who has passed away before Antonio married in 1906 to Mary Melarange. Look forward to hearing from anyone connected to this family, regards Jan


From: Tony Crolla
Email: tonycrollar('at' symbol)sky.com
Subject: In search of Tony Holland
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:49:49

I read on Archive 23 Tony Holland wanting info on his grandmother's father Cosimo Crolla. His email address is not responding so if he gets in touch with me I have a lot of information for him. Tony


From: Chris
Email: Chris_mullineux('at' symbol)yahoo.co.uk
Subject: Community groups and food shops
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2013 20:50:22

Hi, I am looking to see if anyone knows of any Italian community groups for an elderly relative of mine to attend. If so could you tell me where and when the group meet and what do they do? Also does anyone know of any Italian food suppliers/shops in Manchester ? Many thanks x


From: Michael Lewis
Email: mikeyboy81('at' symbol)hotmail.com
Subject: Desolina Toboni
Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 13:10:10

The following message was posted back in 2008. I've tried to contact the poster but the email address no longer works. If you are still on here or anyone else can provide some information on Desolina please let me know. From: Stephen Wood Email: stevewoodwoozkh@supanet.com Subject:information regarding Family Tree Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 21:06:14 I am trying to compile my family tree, but I am struggling on my Grand parents side! They came from italy in the early 1900's my grandmothers name was Desolina Maria Toboni and my Grandfather was Giovanni Serventi.I Think they lived in Manchester to start with where My Aunty and Mother, Aurelia and Sylvia were born. They later moved to Leeds where my Grandfather opened his business laying Terrazzo floors and tiling. just before the war they changed there name to Senior.They also had a son called John.I would be grateful


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