Villages

Chorlton cum Hardy

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The name is said to be derived from the Saxon Cheorl meaning a countryman and tun or town and has over history been referred to as Charlton, Charleron, Cherlton and many others. Its twin, Hardy is derived from Hamlet, originally twenty or thirty cottages to the south of Chorlton Brook. The history of the village dates back to the seventh century, said to be in the occupation of the Saxons but the first recorded mention dates from 1148 when Gospatric…

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Burnage

The foundations of the community began around 1300 when John de Longford and William de Norrys had villains and workers who lived in “Bronage”. Its earliest foundation probably came about as a settlement on the salt road which linked Cheshire to Stockport and Manchester. As for the origins of the name, there is some controversy Burn-edge as a district hemmed in by a brook but it has also been known as Bronage and Brondage.  Three parts made up the village,…

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Audenshaw

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Made up of the hamlets of Woodhouses, Waterhouses, Littlemoss, Audenshaw, Medlock Vale and Hooley Hill. The heart of the old village of Audenshaw, which lay at the T-junction between the road from Denton to Ashton and the turnpike from Manchester to Ashton now lies underneath the three reservoirs which dominate the area and were built between 1877 and 1882 to supply Manchester with water. The old village by all accounts was pretty, Butterworth would describe it “as a very populous village with a population of…

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Collyhurst

The red sandstone that built early Manchester floated down the River Irk from the quarries of Collyhurst.  Named from the Old English, ‘col’ a hillock and ‘hyrst’ a wooded place and once the site of rolling hills and beautiful wooded valleys where pigs roamed on the common. The Industrial Revolution was not kind to the area, travellers along the railway viaduct saw street after street of houses with black smoke hanging over them. Today the valley of the Irk has…

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Levenshulme

First mentioned in an Assize Court record of 1240 the village of Lewynshulme, Leofwine’s Island, with the personal name, followed by the old Norse (holmr) meaning island raised on ground in a marshland. It remained a rough mossy moorland, in 1655 there were only 25 persons paying rates, until the Turnpike Act of 1724 created a cotton trade route which would run from Manchester to Stockport and the South, although a bleach works had been established around 1690. Cloth was…

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