‘Something Different’  Sark Road

Steve Marland has cycled over to Chorlton-cum-Hardy this week, to have a little look at ‘something different’.

“With Furniture, furnishings and decoration planned by experts there will be plenty to interest everyone – house hunter or not – at the Hampson and Kemp show house which opens at Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester tomorrow.” Manchester Evening Chronicle Wed 29th March 1961

A precursor to the Stockport development at Norris Hill, these Panorama Homes in Sark Road were opened for viewing by the stars of Rose Marie – David Whitfield, Sally Ford, Elisabeth Henry and George Moon.

But what makes the Panorama Show House, as the builders have named it – so special? Could it be the settee and chairs in olive green nylon fur and the carpet in bottle green with a black and white leaf design, perhaps the kitchen floor of bold black and white squares and a ceiling of golden sand? Or simply the sense of space and vitality!

This mixed development has survived in a knockabout fashion, glazed areas bricked up, flat porch roofs pitched and blocked with uPVC doors, cladding and window frames replaced. Front gardens become freestyle display areas for an exciting array of wheelie bins, debris and motor vehicles.

Go see for y’self.