Whalley Range

What was little more than a marshland at the beginning of the nineteenth century would be transformed by the late 1800’s by a Victoria Banker from the heart of Lancashire into an estate for the middle classes with the air of the country and not too far away from the urban City Centre  Samuel Brooks, along with his brother John, paid £9,600 for sixty three acres of what was then known as Jackson’s Moss in 1836 from the First Lord Egerton…

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The origin of its name is uncertain maybe from withes or willows so it could be that the area was a settlement in a wet marshy area covered in willow trees. The manor of Withington covered a large area by the thirteenth century including Burnage, Chorlton, Rusholme, Fallowfield, Moss Side and Levenshulme as well as Denton and Haughton. William de Withington appears to have held one knight’s fee in the village under Henry II or Richard I and the Withingtons…

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The origin of the name Moston probably goes back to Anglo Saxon times, Mostun, Mos, a bog and tun, a village, thus its literally name is the village by the peat bog. It is first mentioned along with its sister village Nuthurst towards the end of the twelfth century, Orm of Ashton granted lands by Albert Grelley, third baron of Manchester. From the following century all the lands were in the hands of Henry De Chetham and would stay in…

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Moss Side


First mentioned in 1533 as part of the estates of the Trafford’s and so named as it existed between three areas of Moss land, in 1851 it still only had 153 dwellings one of which was the black and white farmhouse featured in the opening chapter of Mrs Gaskell’s, Mary Barton. “”A deep clear pond reflecting in its dark green depths the shadowy trees that bend over it to exclude the sun – the only place where its banks are shelving…

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One origin of its name is said by legend to date from 1745 when a commander of the Young Pretender’s troops was said to have exclaimed that it is a ‘long sight’ to Manchester, though it may simply have come down to the fact that it was on rising ground with a ‘long sighted’ view to the countryside in the west. Prior to the 1840’s much of what is present day Longsight came under the boundaries of Gorton or Openshaw.…

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Hulme-Three Times regenerated


The origins of the name Hulme comes from the Norse Holme which means an islet and a low lying piece of ground next to the river. Indeed Hulme lies between three rivers, the Irwell, the Medlock and the Cornbrook and right up to the early nineteenth century was a rural idyll Hulme Hall   “Opposite the end of Moss Lane was a brick gate arched having a centre and two side entrances to an avenue hedged and fine elm trees.This…

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Around 1300, William grandson of Houlet of ‘Mancestre’ granted to Jordan, son of William of Fallafeld a portion of lands in Rusholme ,three acres to be held by Jordan and his heirs on payment of three pence annually at the feast of nativity of our Lord and at the feast of St. John the Baptist. Little is recorded of the area but one writer in the nineteenth century imagined what Fallowfield may have looked like “In walking through the village,or…

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Often referred to as Manchester’s ideal suburb, birthplace of the idea of the Ship Canal and residence of philanthropist Fletcher Moss, today it is a thriving residential area and centre of cafe society. Geographically the old village owes its existence to moorland rising out of a swamp formed from centuries of silt from the River Mersey which turned the swamp into drier land. There is no mention of Didsbury in the Domesday book but being close to a fording point…

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Once the centre of industrial East Manchester, Bradford has, like its neighbour Beswick, undergone a vast transformation in recent years, most notably with the construction of what is now the Etihad Stadium for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Bradford can trace its heritage back to the 1300’s with the origins of Bradford Hall, probably built around 1350 when the manor of Bradford was held by John De Salford from Worsley The Hall was granted  to Thomas De Booth of Barton in…

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Ancoats-The First Industrial suburb

As one Manchester writer said of the world’s first industrial suburb “It holds a place in his history for being the first residential district of the modern world which was intended for the occupation solely of one class, what was to become the new urban working class.” The origins of its name go back to the 13th century as “Elnecoy” meaning lonely cottages could well be the derivation of the name that we know today as Ancoats, Cotes being a…

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