'Street Games I'
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|A typical street, consisting of
twenty or thirty terraced houses, the front doors of which opened straight onto the
flagged pavements. Gas pipes were usually situated to one side of the front door and
there was large iron hook sticking out from the bricks at the top of the front door, to
which the clothes line was attached each Monday washing day.
Most of the homes had sash windows and there was usually an aspidistra on display in the front room. Above the front door, and in the fanlight windows, stood various ornaments; perhaps a King Charles Spaniel or a dancing lady, depending on your means. I lived in the second house along just half a mile from the docks, in Salford 5.
Some of the games played by the
children during different seasons are recorded in this picture. Both football and
cricket could be played by
drawing lines on the pitched gable-end of the block. Iron
hoops went clattering over the cobbled street until bicycles appeared. Then you were
considered posh if you bowled an old bicycle tyre along because it made much
less noise. Ring-o-Roses, shuttlecock, whip and top, marbles and cigarette
cards were all played at various times of the year. The noisiest and fittest boys
played piggy and weak horse, while skipping and
rallyho were usually the girls favourites.