Baguley social housing. The tower-block is Brookway Court
Baguley shown within Greater Manchester
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Baguley is a derivation of the old English words BACGA - meaning badger, and LEAH - meaning wood (Bacga originally meant 'a bag-shaped animal'). So Baguley means 'badger's wood'. There are still plenty of badgers and woods around the area.
Most of Baguley was developed for housing after World War II as part of the Wythenshawe Estate, including many council houses and later tower blocks; Manchester City Council publications refer to Baguley as "one of Europe's biggest housing estates". However, much of the social housing has been sold off under the "Right To Buy" scheme and there are also several private housing developments in the area; and parkland was provided from the start under the development plan.
Baguley was a township of Bowdon, one of the ancient parishes of the Bucklow Hundred of Cheshire. Under the Poor Law Amendment Act 1886 the township became a civil parish in its own right. In 1931 Manchester extended its boundaries south of the Mersey in to form Wythenshawe; Baguley was incorporated into the civil parish and city of Manchester, along with neighbouring Northenden and Northen Etchells.
Baguley also includes the Roundthorn Industrial Estate where several factories and businesses are located. This included a Habitat store which opened in the 1970s, but closed in 2011 when the company downsized and closed all of its stores outside of London. In the early 1990s, a large Tesco superstore opened in the area. Across the road from this is Brookway Retail Park, which is home to several stores including Aldi, B & M, Matalan, Pets at Home, and Wickes.
Baguley railway station was opened on 1 February 1866 and closed on 30 November 1964 during the 'Beeching Axe'. Baguley Station was mostly served by local trains operating from Stockport Tiviot Dale to and from Liverpool Central, and on a separate line from Stockport to Altrincham, but the station was located on the Mid-Cheshire Line and express trains ran through it.
The line is still used for passenger services running between Manchester, Stockport and Chester via Northwich and for a variety of goods services. There is a proposal to open a new Baguley station as an interchange station for Manchester Metrolink when the extension to Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport is built, reintroducing an intermediate stop on this line.
See also South Manchester University Hospital
Baguley is covered by the South Manchester Division of Greater Manchester Police.
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