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Julian Williams of Huddersfield recently contacted Sale Web as he wishes to publicise a photograph and some details of a local family who lived in Sale Moor in the 1860s. One of his ancestors is in the photograph:-

** Note that before the 17th century enclosures Sale Moor extended along the entire length of Washway Rd from the Timperley boundary to School Rd. Sale Moor was enclosed in 1801 and presumably this was the area now known by that name and Washway Rd was 'Sale'. It looks like in the 1860s people did not necessarily distinguish between the two.


"I have found this old picture taken at the house of Mr Richard Zahn, a merchant with offices at 35 Dickinson Street, Manchester .

The photograph is dated Sunday 20th May 1860 and is located at Sale Moor. The reverse photo gives the names

Looking at the 1861 England census I have located the family and servants of the Zahn family and believe the house may have been called Broad Oak on Washway Road in Sale Moor.**

A distant German relative of mine appears in the picture. He is Heinrich Wilhelm Dieckmann junior, son of Heinrich Wilhelm Dieckmann, a merchant of Hamburg. He would have been about 22 when this photo was taken and is standing on the back row far right with boater hat.

Other names on the back of the photograph include left to right sitting

Miss Leigh (Annie Leigh – sister in law of Mr Richard Zahn – Zahn's wife Emma is Annie's sister)
Mr L? Michaelis
Mrs Zahn (Emma Leigh – Annie's sister)
Mr Jacobs
Mr George Dustendick?
Mr Hermann (?) Michaelis

Back row standing left to right

Mr Richard Zahn
Mr Henry Dorn
Heinrich Wilhelm Dieckmann Jr.

I wonder if anyone might be interested in the photograph and also if any researchers might be able to throw more light on the location and people featured in the photograph.

Heinrich Wilhem Dieckmann went on to become a very successful merchant trading from Hamburg with particularly strong links with 19 th century Russia."

Julian Williams


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