I have no information on who the children were or the date it was taken..
I recently found a map that showed me where Kirkley House was located which I have enclosed below.
Kirkley house was/is ? situated around where Kirkley Street now stands.
Kirkley street is off Dowson Road.
If anyone has any more information they could give us on Kirkley House please contact the blog.
Thank you :)
The following information was sent to us by Olwen...
Kirkley House is the house standing on Kirkley Street leading to the garage.
Whilst doing my family tree recently I found that my Great grandfather (Harry Mather Born 1881) lived there as a small child. When I was doing my research I called at the house to ask if I might take a 'photo and was kindly invited inside to see quite a few of the original features of the house- very emotional to see where my great grand father went upstairs to bed!!
On a map of Hyde in 1897 Kirkley Hat Works is shown between Higher Henry Street, Thornley Street and Swain Street (Dowson Road) so presumably the house had something to do with the works. As children, I and my cousins were always told that John Mather (father of Harry) owned a hat factory off Swain street but have no paperwork to substantiate this - perhaps he was the Manager and the reason why he lived in Kirkley House.
The photo of the little girls looks to me to be taken on Church Street near St George's Church wall.
Many Thanks, Olwen !! :)