Charles Street was located at the bottom of Market Street, where the bus station now stands. If stories are true then it was one of Hydes roughest slum areas .People didn't like to venture through it in daylight never mind at night. Many a tale has been told about the fights that used to occur on there after a boozy saturday night out. Also stories of heroism. One in particular was concerning a man who was described as a "wastrel and a drunk", who was known to regularly beat his wife after too much alcohol. But despite his ways, he was the only one who went to help a little girl one night who had stood too close to the fire and set her nightdress alight. She ran into the Road screaming ,on fire. Everyone stood there frozen to the spot not knowing what to do except this man who was passing by on his way out. He took his overcoat off and smothered the little girl in it ,thus putting out the fire and saving her life. A true hero indeed!
A photo showing the closeness of the street despite the immense poverty.