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While I’m unashamedly wal­low­ing in nos­tal­gia, let me share a story told to me in an email from Leo Ri­ley.

Leo came across his par­ents’ old rent book is­sued as they were one of the first peo­ple to be al­lo­cated a house in the new gar­den sub­urb of Wythen­shawe.

On Oc­to­ber 27, 1933 they got a let­ter from the coun­cil say­ing they could have the house within three days.

There were no num­bers on the road but they were given the ref­er­ence Block 155L: HC.

They moved into what was to be­come 557 Al­trin­cham Road and the first pay­ment was taken on Oc­to­ber 30, 1933.

The rent was 7s/3d plus 3s/9d for rates and wa­ter charges and an­other 9d for elec­tric­ity, mak­ing a grand to­tal of 11s /9d.

I reckon that’s about 57p in to­day’s money. Leo won­ders if you can beat that tale.

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