Alkrington

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Coordinates: 53°32′14″N 2°11′16″W / 53.5372°N 2.1878°W / 53.5372; -2.1878

Alkrington Garden Village
Alkrington
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Alkrington Hall
Alkrington Garden Village is located in Greater Manchester
Alkrington Garden Village
Alkrington Garden Village
 Alkrington Garden Village shown within Greater Manchester
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Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MANCHESTER
Postcode district M24
Dialling code 0161
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EU Parliament North West England
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Alkrington or Alkrington Garden Village[1] is an area of Middleton, in the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale, Greater Manchester England.[2]

Historically a part of Lancashire, during the Middle Ages, Alkrington was a township[3] in the parish of Prestwich-cum-Oldham, in the hundred of Salford.[2][4] Once rolling farmland, in 1886 Alkrington was added to the Municipal Borough of Middleton,[2] and developed into a residential area.[1]

Alkrington lies on the northern edge of the Manchester with Blackley to the south and Moston to the south east. The Local Government Act 1972 added Alkrington to the Metropolitan Borough of Rochdale; though Alkrington is separated from the town of Rochdale by the rest of Middleton and some rural land.

History[edit]

In 1212 the manor of Alkrington, consisting of four oxgangs of land, was held by Adam de Prestwich from the Montbegon fee. About 20 years later it passed to the de Lacys, and subsequently to the Crown; but the manor continued to descend with the Prestwich family. In 1561 Sir Robert Langley gave the manor to his daughter Katherine who was married to Thomas Legh of Lyme and it was sold by the Leghs in 1627 to Robert and John Lever. Sir Darcy Lever, was High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1736. Sir Ashton Lever, who was high sheriff in 1771, collected curiosities which he exhibited at Alkrington Hall. He was succeeded by his brother whose younger son, John lived at Alkrington until 1834 and then to Dorning Rasbotham who sold it to John Lees.[4]

Alkrington Hall[edit]

The Grade II* listed Alkrington Hall has been converted into flats. It was built between 1735–6 to the designs of Giacomo Leoni for Darcy Lever. The three-storey house is mainly brick built with ashlar dressings and tile and slate roofs. Its Classical style facade has a nine bays with single-storey three-bay wings either side. The central three bays project slightly and have giant Ionic pilasters above the rusticated stone ground floor.[5]

The woodland around Alkrington Hall comprises 125 acres (50 ha) and is a designated Local Nature Reserve.[6][7]

The remains of an earlier hall can be seen on the site. The manor of Alkrington was bought by the Lever family in the 1600s but when the last family member died childless the estate and present hall were sold. The new owners sold on most of the land and the hall came into the possession of the local council who converted it to flats. The hall was later resold into private hands and converted into four luxury homes.[8]

Geography[edit]

Further information: Geography of Greater Manchester

The area of Alkrington township was 797 acres. The underlying geology is that of the Lancashire Coalfield. The highest ground, 350 feet above sea level in the south-east and north east but mostly above 300 feet, slopes downwards to the boundary brooks in the south west. The main road that serves Alkrington is the A664 from Manchester via Blackley to Middleton. Junction 20 of the M60 motorway is to the south-west.[4]

Religion[edit]

There are three churches within the old township area. The Anglican Church of St Michael was founded in 1839,[9] a Congregational church was built in 1929[10] and the Roman Catholic St Thomas More Church was built in 1960.[11]

Notable people[edit]

The author Glenn B Fleming was born in Middleton and lived in Alkrington from the age of four. The comedian Steve Coogan was born and brought up in Alkrington,[12] as were all four members of the band, The Courteeners.[citation needed] Comedian Bernard Manning lived in the area for more than 20 years.[13] Manchester City's assistant manager, Brian Kidd resides in Alkrington, while former player Nedum Onuoha owns a home in the area. Retired footballer Ashley Ward was also born and brought up in Alkrington.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Alkrington". Middleton Guardian. 23 May 2005. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c "Greater Manchester Gazetteer". Greater Manchester County Record Office. Places names – A. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2007. 
  3. ^ Alkrington Township Boundariesl, GenUKI, retrieved 28 August 2012 
  4. ^ a b c Farrer, William; Brownbill, J, eds. (1911), "Alkrington", A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 5 (British History Online): 82–85, retrieved 1 June 2012 
  5. ^ Middleton Alkrington Hall, English Heritage, retrieved 1 June 2012 
  6. ^ "Alkrington Woods". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Map of Alkrington Woods". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Middleton Places – Alkrington Hall". Middletonia. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  9. ^ St Michael, Alkrington – Church of England, GenUKI, retrieved 1 September 2012 
  10. ^ Manchester New Road Congregational, Alkrington, GenUKI, retrieved 1 September 2012 
  11. ^ St Thomas More, Alkrington – Roman Catholic, GenUKI, retrieved 1 September 2012 
  12. ^ Kenny, Laura (11 October 2007). "Soccer star parents in robbery terror". Middleton Guardian (M.E.N. Media). Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2009. 
  13. ^ "Manning was no racist, says Asian neighbour". Middleton Guardian. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2007.