Walmersley

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Coordinates: 53°37′00″N 2°18′00″W / 53.6166°N 2.3°W / 53.6166; -2.3

Walmersley
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Walmersley Post Office
Walmersley is located in Greater Manchester
Walmersley
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 Walmersley shown within Greater Manchester
Metropolitan borough Bury
Metropolitan county Greater Manchester
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BURY
Postcode district BL9
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Walmersley is a suburban village in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Greater Manchester, England.

History[edit]

Historically in Lancashire, the name Walmersley is said to be derived from Old English, and translates as Waldmer's wood, or clearing.[1]

Once a rural village in the wilds, in recent decades, it has become a northern suburb of Bury. Old stone cottages remain in the area, but much of the district's housing is of post-war construction.

The A56 (Walmersley Road) links Walmersley with Bury to the south and Shuttleworth, Ramsbottom and Edenfield to the north. Before this 'new' road was built the road north from Bury followed the line of Walmersley Old Road. The old 'coach road' went through Baldingstone and Nangreaves and onto Hardern Moor and beyond to Shuttleworth and Edenfield. Junctions led to the then thriving mills in Deeply Vale and Birtle Dene. Deeply Vale has more contemporary fame as the location of the Deeply Vale Festivals. The old road was one of the many roads in east Lancashire constructed by John Metcalf, perhaps better known as Blind Jack Metcalf, a civil engineer from Knaresborough.[2]

The Walmersley conservation area was designated in November 2003. It covers Christ Church, its churchyard, the former school and school master's house, together with the adjacent Spur Petroleum site which contains the former Walmersley Brewery buildings. The whole site is an excellent record of a small but important part of Walmersley, and illustrates generally well preserved elements of stone built ecclesiastical and industrial architecture from the mid to late 19th century. Some of these buildings were severely damaged in a fire, suspected to have been deliberate by one party or another...this is disputed especially by those wanting to develop the land. New residential buildings have now been erected on the Spur site with the retention and reuse of some of the older buildings.

Landmarks[edit]

Christ Church, Walmersley located on Walmersley Road. In 1838 the Walmersley parish was formed by sub-dividing the ancient, larger Bury parish. A church was built beside what was then the 'new' road but in 1883 the present church, a neo-gothic design by Maxwell and Tuke was built.[3] The east window of the first church was preserved and built into the new building. Amongst other buildings Maxwell & Tuke designed Blackpool Tower and, in 1894, the Technical School, Broad Street, Bury now being refurbished to form the Fusilier Museum, which is dedicated to the Lancashire Fusiliers.

Baldingstone House,[4] probably the oldest property in the area, was built in about 1615. In the 17th century the house was home of the Kay family.[5] Indeed it is believed the house was built by Richard Kay a blacksmith with a smithy at Baldingstone. Richard was married to Alice Kay, from Sheephey, Shuttleworth whose brother Robert was the father of John Kay, the inventor of the Flying Shuttle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walmersley cum Shuttleworth, A Key to English Place-Names, Institute for Name-Studies, retrieved 2008-07-29 . Retrieved on 29 July 2008.
  2. ^ Black Jack
  3. ^ '1846 Before and After—A Historical Guide to the Ancient Parish of Bury', the Reverend Arthur J. Dobb DA (Manc), Vicar of Bircle, published 1970,
  4. ^ English Heritage Images of England - photo of Baldingstone House
  5. ^ Kay Family Association UK