Brooklands shown within Greater Manchester
|Population||10,434 (2011 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Metropolitan county||Greater Manchester|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||Wythenshawe and Sale East|
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.
Some notable individuals who are buried in Brooklands cemetery are:
- James Joule a notable English physicist, who lent his name to the standard unit of energy.
- Richard Pankhurst, barrister, husband of Emmeline Pankhurst and father to Adela Pankhurst, Christabel Pankhurst and Sylvia Pankhurst is buried alongside his parents.
- Rev John Relly Beard.
- "Trafford Ward population 2011". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- 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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