Ellenbrook, Greater Manchester

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St Mary's Ellenbrook, Greater Manchester.jpg
Ellenbrook Chapel of St Mary the Virgin
Ellenbrook is located in Greater Manchester
Location within Greater Manchester
OS grid referenceSD726016
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtM28
Dialling code0161
PoliceGreater Manchester
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53°30′40″N 2°24′43″W / 53.511°N 2.412°W / 53.511; -2.412Coordinates: 53°30′40″N 2°24′43″W / 53.511°N 2.412°W / 53.511; -2.412

Ellenbrook is a suburb of Worsley in Greater Manchester, England. It lies within the metropolitan borough of the City of Salford, in the Boothstown and Ellenbrook ward. Ellenbrook is 6.8 miles (10.9 km) west of Manchester, 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Salford and 4.6 miles (7.4 km) south of Bolton. Historically a part of Lancashire, it is close to Astley, Mosley Common and Walkden, by the East Lancashire Road.



The origin of the first element of the name is unknown, but the second element is certainly from Old English broc, a brook or stream. Ellenbrook is situated by the Ellen Brook which becomes the Stirrup Brook in Boothstown.

An ancient stone marked the boundary between the Hundreds of Salford and West Derby, the boundary of Eccles and Leigh ecclesiastical parishes, Tyldesley, Worsley and Little Hulton townships and the metropolitan districts of Wigan and Salford.[1]


Historically Ellenbrook was a chapelry in the parish of Eccles. Though its exact origins are uncertain between 1272 and 1295 the Rector of Eccles granted a licence to Richard de Worsley to have a chantry chapel provided 6d (2½p) was paid annually as oblations.[2] It was an outlying chapel within the parish of Eccles, the nearest churches being at Eccles, Leigh and Deane in Bolton.

The old chapel was demolished and St. Mary's Church was rebuilt in brick in 1725 and was restored in the 1860s, funded by the 2nd Earl of Ellesmere who died before restoration was complete. The chapel's organ, a memorial to the Earl, dates from this time. The church is built in the Norman style and is a Grade II Listed building.[3][4]

Industrial Revolution[edit]

The Duke of Bridgewater owned small shallow collieries at Crookes Meadow, Grundy Common and Clays before 1770. Common, Swiney Lane and Millhough were shafts opened between 1810 and 1820.[5] In the 1830s a horse-drawn tramway connected Bridgewater Collieries' pits north of Ellenbrook at New Manchester with the Bridgewater Canal at Boothstown canal basin. In 1861 the London and North Western Railway revived powers granted to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to build a railway from Eccles to Wigan through Ellenbrook railway station which was north of the new Mosley Common Colliery which had extensive sidings at Ellenbrook.[6]


From the 11th century, the chapelry of Ellenbrook was part of the township of Worsley in the ancient ecclesiastical parish Eccles in the hundred of Salford, and county of Lancashire.[2]

In 2017 the Boothstown and Ellenbrook ward of Salford City Council is represented by three Conservative councillors: Jillian Collinson,[7] Robin Garrido[8] and Bob Clarke.[9]



The former Tyldesley Loopline through Ellenbrook is now the route of the Leigh-Salford-Manchester Bus Rapid Transit, from Leigh to Manchester.[10]

Education and community[edit]

Ellenbrook County Primary School 130396 is in the suburb.[11]

The area has a church, public houses (the Boundary Stone and the Woodside), a Co-operative Food shop, takeaways, a computer repair shop, a pharmacy and a doctors' surgery.



  1. ^ Ellenbrook, Tony Smith, archived from the original on 2 January 2009, retrieved 14 December 2008
  2. ^ a b Farrer, William; Brownbill, J, eds. (1911), "Townships: Worsley", A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4, British History Online, pp. 376–392, retrieved 11 December 2009
  3. ^ St Mary the Virgin Ellenbrook, genuki.org.uk, retrieved 14 December 2008
  4. ^ Historic England, "Ellenbrook Church (1309449)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 14 December 2008
  5. ^ Atkinson 1998, p. 67
  6. ^ Sweeney 1996, p. 140
  7. ^ "Councillor Jillian Collinson". sccdemocracy.salford.gov.uk. Salford City Council. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Councillor Robin Garrido". sccdemocracy.salford.gov.uk. Salford City Council. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Councillor Bob Clarke". sccdemocracy.salford.gov.uk. Salford City Council. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  10. ^ Leigh Salford Manchester Busway Project (PDF), brtuk.org, archived from the original (PDF) on 20 May 2013, retrieved 22 April 2012
  11. ^ Ellenbrook Primary School, Salford Council, archived from the original on 24 September 2009, retrieved 15 December 2008


  • Atkinson, Glen (1998), The Canal Duke's Collieries Worsley 1760-1900, Neil Richardson (Second Edition), ISBN 978-1-85216-120-0
  • Sweeney, D.J. (1996), A Lancashire Triangle Part One, Triangle Publishing, ISBN 0-9529333-0-6

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