Situated on the East bank of the Irwell, its former manor house being owned by both the Chetham’s and the Stanley’s its early fame centred around the Broughton Spout where the astronomer William Crabtree observed the transit of Venus across the sun in 1639.

Under the control of the Clowes family the area developed in the 19th century into a residential area for wealthy merchants.

Today it has undergone a great deal of regeneration but the development has tried to retain its Victorian aspect.