Firswood borders Old Trafford and Chorlton-cum-Hardy. It was largely occupied by Rye Bank Farm, which remained until 1930, when private housing was built along Rye Bank Road and Warwick Road. Neighbouring Firs Farm was demolished in 1960, and social housing built on the site. Before being drained, the area 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, where Kings Road meets Great Stone Road is the most recognisable place in the area. In the centre are public gardens and parking, Around this leafy green space is the Quadrant public house, a former public library now a Beacon Centre, and a number of shops, a barber and an established Holistic Therapy Centre .
Firswood is served by the Manchester Metrolink light rail network. Firswood tram stop is on Rye Bank Road, where it opened in July 2011, after the existing disused Cheshire Lines Committee railway track was cleared and upgraded as part of Metrolink ‘Big Bang' extension.
The tram stop is served by two lines: Rochdale to East Didsbury, and Cornbrook to Manchester Airport. This means there are direct services from Firswood to Manchester city centre, Rochdale, Oldham, Chorlton, Didsbury, Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport.
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. Until its closure in October 2015, it was managed by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and provided a range of services including geriatric medicine, ophthalmology and pain management.
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 the Second World War. A road was subsequently named after him, on the nearby Firs Farm development.
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