The Manchester City Council website describes
the Longsight Ward as, "... a residential
suburb situated less than three miles south of
Manchester City Centre on the 'A6 corridor' route,
which stretches from the City Centre through
Ardwick to Longsight. The ward now naturally
divides into four areas or neighbourhoods -
Northmoor Road, Victoria Park, Hamilton Road and
the District Centre." It is bounded by
Daisy Bank Road and Kirkmanshulme Lane in the North,
Pink Bank Lane in the East, Old Hall Lane in the South
and Beresford Road and Anson Road in the West.
Below you can see the boundary superimposed on an old
However, this wasn't Longsight when I lived
there in the 1950s. I lived on Holt Street, in
the shadow of the Daisy Mill, one of the grey terraced
streets between Stockport Road and the railway.
Apparently that is now Ardwick.
When Gay Sussex wrote "Longsight Past and
Present" in 1983, Longsight was described as an "...
odd butterfly shaped suburb", which "...
in some ways ... is the bits left over after the
older communities of Rusholme, Gorton and Ardwick
had established their communities."
The map below shows the boundaries of the electoral ward of Longsight, as it was on a 1982 map from the City of Manchester Planning Department. The district was then defined by Hyde Road, Grey Street, Stockport Road, Plymouth Grove, Richmond Grove, Hathersage Road, Anson Road, Dickenson Road, Beresford Road, Old Hall Lane, Stockport Road, East Road, Pink Bank Lane, Nutsford Vale, Buckley Road and Mount Road.
This map segment is shown with the permission of Eric Rowland
These boundaries may have relevance for electoral purposes but the people were associated with schools, businesses, churches and even parks that were located beyond the border in Chorlton on Medlock, Ardwick, Rusholme and Gorton. For that reason this study of Longsight will examine these links and describe places that were infact beyond our border.
Longsight was never subdivided in any formal
way but, in fact, there were a number of distinct
communities within the district. For the purposes of
looking at the geography of the district I intend to
divide it into the 4 segments shown on the map
below. I will be describing all of them despite
the fact that I have strayed into Levenshulme and what
is now Ardwick.
The Northeast is bound by Grey Street in the North and Kirkmanshulme Lane in the South, Stockport Road in the west and Hyde Road in the east. The area is bisected by the railway and includes the former Belle Vue Zoological Gardens.
The Northwest is bound by Hathersage Road, Richmond Grove and Plymouth Grove in the north, Stockport Road in the east, Dickenson Road in the south and Anson Road in the west. It includes retail shopping areas along both Stockport Road and Dickenson Road and the eastern portion of Victoria Park.
The Southwest is bound by Dickenson Road in the north, Old Hall Lane in the south, Beresford Road in the west and Stockport Road in the east. It includes Slade Hall and is bisected by Slade Lane.
The Southeast is bound by Stockport Road
in the west and Pink Bank Lane in the east. The
northern boundary is defined by Kirkmanshulme Lane
and the south by Mathews Lane.
I have prepared a brief tour of each of these
areas. These are not intended to be in-depth
studies more a brief introduction. Much more
detailed information is to be found by selecting other
items on the Longsight Memories main menu.