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Harpurhey is located in Greater Manchester
Harpurhey shown within Greater Manchester
Population17,652 (2011 Census)
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townManchester
Postcode districtM9
Dialling code0161
PoliceGreater Manchester
FireGreater Manchester
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
  • Pat Karney (Labour)
  • Joanne Green (Labour)
  • Sandra Collins (Labour)
List of places
Greater Manchester
53°30′26″N 2°12′29″W / 53.50731°N 2.20803°W / 53.50731; -2.20803Coordinates: 53°30′26″N 2°12′29″W / 53.50731°N 2.20803°W / 53.50731; -2.20803

Harpurhey is an inner-city area of Manchester in North West England, three miles north east of the city centre. The population at the 2011 census was 17,652.[1]

Areas of Harpurhey include Kingsbridge Estate, Barnes Green, Shiredale Estate and Baywood Estate.


Harpurhey is recorded in 1320 as "Harpourhey", meaning "hedged enclosure by a man called Harpour", who owned the area in the 14th century.[2]

This small township, at one time called Harpurhey with Gotherswick,[3] lies on both sides of the road from Manchester to Middleton, extending westward to the Irk. In 1830 it was described as abounding in pleasant views.[3] It has long been a suburb of Manchester.


Harpurhey was included in the Parliamentary borough of Manchester from its creation but was not taken into the municipal borough until 1885. It ceased to be a township in 1896, becoming part of the new township of North Manchester.[4]

Harpurhey is within the Blackley and Broughton constituency, which has been represented in the House of Commons by Labour MP Graham Stringer since 2010. Harpurhey is one of the most economically deprived areas within the Greater Manchester area.

Harpurhey electoral ward within Manchester City Council.

The ward is represented on Manchester City Council by three Labour Party councillors:

Election Councillor Councillor Councillor
2004 Paul Fairweather (Lab) Joanne Green (Lab) Pat Karney (Lab)
2006 Paul Fairweather (Lab) Joanne Green (Lab) Pat Karney (Lab)
2007 Paul Fairweather (Lab) Joanne Green (Lab) Pat Karney (Lab)
2008 Paul Fairweather (Lab) Joanne Green (Lab) Pat Karney (Lab)
2010 Paul Fairweather (Lab) Joanne Green (Lab) Pat Karney (Lab)
2011 Paul Fairweather (Lab) Joanne Green (Lab) Pat Karney (Lab)
2012 Paul Fairweather (Lab) Joanne Green (Lab) Pat Karney (Lab)
2014 Sandra Collins (Lab) Joanne Green (Lab) Pat Karney (Lab)
2015 Sandra Collins (Lab) Joanne Green (Lab) Pat Karney (Lab)
2016 Sandra Collins (Lab) Joanne Green (Lab) Pat Karney (Lab)
2018 Pat Karney (Lab) Joanne Green (Lab) Sandra Collins (Lab)

     indicates seat up for re-election.


Harpurhey is 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north east of Manchester city centre. To the north, Harpurhey is bordered by Blackley, to the west by Crumpsall, to the east by Moston and to the south by Collyhurst and Monsall.


The Edwardian swimming baths on Rochdale Road was built between 1909-10 by Henry Price, Manchester's first City Architect. Listed grade II in 1994, the baths closed to the public in 2001 after serious defects were discovered.[8] The women's pool hall and laundry have now been replaced by the MANCAT sixth form college and community library.

The World Famous Embassy Club on Rochdale Road was bought by Bernard Manning in 1959, before which it had been Harpurhey Temperance Billiard Hall.[9]

Queen's Park was one of Britains first municipal parks in 1846; designed and laid out by Joshua Major in 1845, the park was originally arranged around Hendham Hall, home of the Houghton family, which was demolished in 1884. The park incorporated a labyrinth, sheds and greenhouses, but by 1930 these had been removed.[10] Today the park has a children's play area, rose gardens and hosts a variety of community events.[11]


Harpurhey is served by a number of bus services on the main Rochdale Road (A664) corridor, as well as non-radial services to and from Salford Shopping Precinct and Oldham. Services include First Greater Manchester 17, 18, 52, 53, 64, 162 and 163, and Stagecoach Manchester 112 and 118.

Manchester Metrolink light rail tram system has two stations close to Harpurhey, at Monsall and Central Park (North Manchester Business Park), which also borders Newton Heath.[12]


Religion Percentage of
Christian 75.8%
No religion 12%
Not stated 9.7%
Muslim 1.7%
Buddhist 0.38%
Other 0.2%

There are a number churches in the district, including the Church of England Christ Church, built in 1838.[14] St Stephen's was founded in 1899 and closed in 1985, where is merged with Harpurhey United Church which became Harpurhey Community Church.[15]

Other churches include Park View Christ the Vine[16] and Deeper Life.[17]

Harpurhey is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford,[18] and the Church of England Diocese of Manchester.[19]

Manchester General Cemetery in Harpurhey was founded in 1837 and is still open to existing grave-owners. Although now a municipal cemetery, it is believed that Harpurhey cemetery was originally a private undertaking taken over by the municipal authority in 1868.[20] Harpurhey Cemetery became the final resting place of Hannah Beswick (in 1868), the Manchester Mummy.[21] and Benjamin Brierley (1825–1896).


Four schools in the area cater for children aged between 3-11: Holy Trinity CofE Primary School, Mount Carmel RC Primary School, Oasis Academy Harpur Mount and St Edmunds RC Primary school[22]

Manchester Communication Academy is at the junction of Queens Road and Rochdale Road in Harpurhey. It is run in conjunction with BT, Manchester City Council and The Manchester College catering for 11-18-year-olds.[23] There are many other schools in the neighbouring wards catering for 11-16-year-olds including The Co-operative Academy of Manchester, Manchester Creative and Media Academies and St Matthew's RC High School


North City Family and Fitness Centre is a centre combining leisure facilities with a Sure Start Centre, just off Rochdale Road next to the North City Shopping Centre and Market. The centre includes a 25-metre, five lane swimming pool with a movable pool floor designed to help young, elderly and disabled people. There is a health suite which includes spa pool, sauna and steam rooms, and a gymnasium. The centre also offers an exercise studio with a programme of fitness classes and martial arts.

Public services[edit]

Policing in Harpurhey is provided by Greater Manchester Police with a part-time station on Moston Lane under the command of North Manchester (A) Division. The opening times are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.[24]

Notable people[edit]

Anthony Burgess (1917-1993) was a novelist, critic, composer, librettist, poet, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, travel writer, broadcaster, translator, linguist and educationalist.[25]

Pat McDonagh (1934-2014) was a British fashion designer who became an important figure in Canadian fashion.[26]

Andy Robert Wilkinson (born 1960), better known by his stage name Smug Roberts, is an English stand up comedian and actor.

Shotty Horroh (born 1986) Also known as Adam Rooney is a retired battle rapper now a singer and songwriter

See also[edit]



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  2. ^ Mills 1997
  3. ^ a b "Townships - Harpurhey | A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4 (pp. 270)". British-history.ac.uk. 2003-06-22. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
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  7. ^ "Sandra Collins". manchester.gov.uk. Manchester City Council. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
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  12. ^ "Metrolink Phase 3 - Rochdale, July 2006" (PDF). GMPTE. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2007.
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  15. ^ "Harpurhey Community Church". HCC.Online. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Park View Christ the Vine, Harpurhey, Lancashire genealogy". GENUKI. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
  17. ^ "Deeper Life Bible Church, Harpurhey, Lancashire genealogy". GENUKI. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  18. ^ "Parish Priests A–Z". The Diocese of Salford. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  19. ^ "The Church of England Diocese of Manchester". Manchester.anglican.org. Archived from the original on 27 December 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  20. ^ http://www.mlfhs.org.uk/Infobase/graveyards.htm
  21. ^ "Greater Manchester's Mysterious Sites". Mysterious Britain Gazetteer. Retrieved 16 May 2007.
  22. ^ "School Finder: Harpurhey". Manchester City Council.
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  24. ^ "Greater Manchester Police". Gmp.police.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
  25. ^ About Anthony Burgess
  26. ^ "Pat McDonagh, award-winning designer, dead at age 80". CBC. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.


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