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Gorton Road in Beswick.
Beswick shown within Greater Manchester
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Beswick is an area of the city of Manchester, in North West England. Historically in Lancashire, it neighbours the district of Bradford to the east and the two areas are sometimes referred to as Bradford-with-Beswick. The River Medlock and the Ashton Canal both run through it.
Like many districts in east Manchester, Beswick has been known for its deprivation and poverty, although the area has improved since the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Beswick Village was ancient and around 1200–1230 it was known as Bexwic and it is believed to be a combination of a personal name and a settlement or dwelling place. At the height of the Industrial Revolution there was less industry here than in Bradford Village and it was primarily a residential area of terraced houses.
The village was the smallest township of the ancient parish of Manchester in the Salford Hundred of the county of Lancashire. It became part of the Township of Manchester in 1838, being joined with Ardwick to form a Municipal Ward in the new township. For Poor Law purposes it was added to the Prestwich Poor Law Union, which was constituted by order of the Poor Law Board in 1850. In 1896 it was among the townships consolidated to form the Township of North Manchester for Poor Law purposes.
Beswick is now known as Sportcity. One of the most sought after living areas in Manchester, Sportcity is a seven-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly station, a three minute walk from Ashburys Station, and a fifteen-minute walk to Manchester City Centre, it is the home of the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City Football Club, the National Cycling Centre Manchester Velodrome and BMX Centre, National Squash Centre, Football and Tennis Centre and Manchester Athletics Arena. The new Manchester City Academy residential and Sport Village will be completed in 2013/2014 and also a Swimming and Leisure Centre along with the new Connell Sixth Form College and an Institute of Sport. There will be a new hotel, shops and bars built to go along with new luxury houses and apartments and the complete regeneration of Sportcity. The metrolink runs through with Sportcity being one of the main stops. A rugby pitch is also to be placed close to Grey Mare Lane. Sportcity also has three primary schools two churches and the East Manchester Academy, the largest Asda Walmart in Europe, The Cornerstone Medical Centre and the Five oaks family practise and Pharmacy. House prices are said to have quadrupled in Sportcity since 2004 and are expected to keep on rising.
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