Blogmas #13 – A short history of Manchester’s suburb Whalley Range


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I’ve lived in Whalley Range for a few years now “oh, it’s safe round here, this street is a good, safe street” assured the cab drivers when I first moved in, unknowing, quite innocently, about the history of the area.

Rows of terrace houses line the streets but further on on the border of Moss Side and Whalley Range the houses get bigger and further apart. A mysterious abandoned house sits on the edge of Alexander Park. The roof is burnt out, and trees now reside in its brickwork. I walk past occasionally wondering what happened. The internet has its theories about the origins of this mansion, but its history still remains quiet.

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Grade II list space Alexander Park, on the borders of Chorlton, Whalley Range and Moss Side is a Victorian paradise. Alexander Park is a stroller’s delight, designed in 1868, built to “deter the working men of Manchester…

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