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St John's church. Its broach spire was removed around 1990.
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Heaton Mersey is a mostly residential area and commuter zone for Manchester. Heaton Mersey and its neighbouring areas (Heaton Norris, Heaton Chapel and Heaton Moor) are collectively known as the Four Heatons. Part of Heaton Mersey has been designated a conservation area.
Within the boundaries of the historic county of Lancashire, Heaton Mersey lies on the north bank of the River Mersey, just a few miles downstream from its source in Stockport town centre. The river acts as a boundary between Heaton Mersey and Cheadle Heath. Heaton Mersey is also bordered by East Didsbury to the west, Burnage to the north-west, Heaton Moor to the North/North-east and Heaton Norris to the east.
Heaton Mersey overlooks the Cheshire Plain, which can be clearly seen from the top part of Heaton Mersey park off Didsbury Road. At the bottom lies the valley of the River Mersey, where Heaton Mersey Bleachworks was situated (now demolished) as well as a business and industrial estate. Mersey Vale nature reserve and two ponds are also found here, one being a club-owned fishing pond. Just off Didsbury Road, opposite Heaton Mersey village, lies Heaton Mersey Bowl which is a large depression in the ground used as open green space.
Heaton Mersey Common, which is another local nature reserve with fields and woodland, is situated next to the former Cranford Golf range. It, too, contains a large pond.
Out of the four Heatons, Heaton Mersey has the most green space by area and is the only to be situated on a river or contain any substantial water body.
Heaton Mersey railway station, which was open from 1 January 1880 until 3 July 1961, was built by the Midland Railway and was situated on the line from Cheadle Heath to Manchester Central. The station was situated at the southern end of Station Road, which still exists. The extension to Station Road, connecting it to the western end of Craig Road so as to create access for residential development, runs parallel to the old track bed of the Midland line from Stockport Tiviot Dale.
Whilst nearly all of the original railway structure has long been removed, small sections of previous railway bridges remain. One structure exists where Vale road and Craig road meet and the former bridge section acts as a retaining wall. Two other sections can be seen either side of the River Mersey upstream of the weir and opposite the nearby farm.
From January 1889 until 4 May 1968, there was a steam locomotive running shed named Heaton Mersey, coded 9F. It lay on the north bank of the Mersey and was reached by a footbridge, still extant, leading from Gorsey Bank Road.
Transport in Heaton Mersey today generally consists of local buses operated by Stagecoach Manchester and First Greater Manchester along the main thoroughfare, the A5145 Didsbury Road. Local buses allow for connections to Metrolink at East Didsbury, National Rail at East Didsbury and Stockport, and local buses at Stockport bus station. Bus 323 runs between Stockport and Heaton Mersey. Road connections are available via the A5145 to the A34 at Parrs Wood, and the A6 at Stockport. The M60 is also accessible at Junctions 1, 2 and 3.
Schools include the primary schools: Tithe Barn, Didsbury Road, Mersey Vale and Saint Winifred's RC Primary School, famous for St Winifred's School Choir and chart hits in the 1980s, and Stella Maris School, an independent primary school, all rated outstanding; and St. John's Church of England, which is rated good. The local comprehensive is Priestnall School, formerly rated outstanding, however dropping to a Requires Improvement in 2019. Pre-schools are Freshfields, Didsbury Road, both rated outstanding and Mersey Vale.
The area has a Sea Scout base (http://www.1stheatonvale.org.uk/about/) on Didsbury Road, with beaver scouts, cub scouts and sea scouts currently active. It also hosts regular Harvest farmer's markets, car boot sales and family fun days. The Moorfest music festival was held at the Heaton Mersey Bowl in 2005, which included appearances from Badly Drawn Boy and Howard Marks. Local attractions include the River Mersey, around which there is a nature park and trail. Heaton Mersey Common with its several pubs, delis, restaurants and shops supply the local amenities to the area. Heaton Mersey Park has a local fishing pond and further down station road is day-ticket fishing pond. Heaton Mersey is also home to the Heaton Mersey Lacrosse Team, who play in England's Northern Lacrosse division.
The Stockport-based band Blossoms used Heaton Mersey Bowl and the adjacent Vale Close to film sections of the music video for the song Honey Sweet.
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