Brooklands shown within Greater Manchester
|Population||9,773 (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Metropolitan county||Greater Manchester|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||Wythenshawe and Sale East|
Brooklands is an area and electoral ward within Sale, in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. It is 5.7 miles (9.2 km) to the south-southwest of Manchester city centre and has a total resident population of 9,773.
Voters from this ward elect three councillors to Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council. Currently all three councillors, Chris Boyes, Pamela Dixon and David Higgins are members of the Conservative Party.
The area is named after Samuel Brooks, a Manchester banker and businessman who, in 1856, bought a parcel of land in this area from the Earl of Stamford; he also made further purchases later. The area was crossed by the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway, which opened in 1849. A road crossed this railway between Sale and Timperley stations, and in 1855, 45 residents petitioned for a station there. The company took no action but in 1859, Brooks negotiated terms for a station. He offered an acre of land for £200 with a guarantee of compensation if it did not pay. The unofficial name Brooks’s land soon became Brooklands, and the station so named opened there on 1 December 1859.
In 1862, Brooks built a private road running southeast from the station, with land for superior housing. This ran (and still runs) all the way to the A538 Altrincham–Wilmslow road at Hale, making use of the earlier Roaring Gate Lane for part of the journey.
- United Kingdom Census 2001. "Brooklands (Ward)". neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2007-09-08.
- Brackenbury, Allan (November 1993). "The Road from Brooklands Station". Journal of the Railway and Canal Historical Society 31/4 (156): 170–174. ISSN 0033-8834.
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