Firswood shown within Greater Manchester
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|UK Parliament||Stretford and Urmston|
Firswood borders Old Trafford and Chorlton-cum-Hardy. It was largely occupied by Firs Farm, which remained in a reduced form until 1930 when social housing was built along Rye Bank Road and Warwick Road. Before being drained, it was largely a peat bog, which explains the lack of development before the 20th century.
The oldest residential part of the area is Darley Park, which shares many characteristics with neighbouring Whalley Range.
The Quadrant road junction on King's Road is the most recognisable place in the area. In the centre are public gardens, surrounded by Quadrant public house, a disused public library now a Beacon Centre, and a number of shops.
Firswood had a disused railway running through the area, which goes as far as Didsbury and starts in nearby Old Trafford. As of July 2011, Firswood Metrolink station has been opened at Rye Bank Road. The existing disused track was cleared and new Metrolink depot constructed as part of the Manchester Metrolink's Big Bang Extension. Manchester Metrolink have also been given permission to extend the line as far as Didsbury as part of Phase 3b of the Big Bang extension, this however is due for completion in 2013.
Stretford Memorial Hospital, originally known as Basford House, was converted into a cottage hospital as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the First World War. On opening it had a children's ward, a maternity unity and a geriatric ward. Today it is managed by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and provides a range of services including geriatric medicine, ophthalmology and pain management.
John Alcock, who along with Arthur Whitten Brown was the first man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, was born in the lodge of Basford House on Seymour Grove, where his father was the coachman. Edward Colquhoun Charlton lived at 12 Basford Road, prior to his conscription into the British Army. He was posthumously awarded the last Victoria Cross awarded in the European theatre of World War 2. A road was subsequently named after him, on the nearby Firs Farm development.
- Hayes (1999), p. 85
- "Stretford Memorial Hospital: Our Departments and Services", NHS Choices, retrieved 18 September 2013
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