Beswick, Manchester

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Gorton Road in Beswick
Beswick is located in Greater Manchester
 Beswick shown within Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SJ865975
Metropolitan borough Manchester
Metropolitan county Greater Manchester
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district M11
Dialling code 0161
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
List of places
Greater Manchester

Coordinates: 53°28′27″N 2°12′10″W / 53.474256°N 2.202663°W / 53.474256; -2.202663

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.[1]


Further information: History of Manchester

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.