Crowcroft Park

Crowcroft Park is located 3 miles south of Manchester City Centre and actually lies just south of the Longsight - Levenshulme border. It is bounded on the west by Stockport Road, on the north by East Road, on the east by Northmoor Road. The southern boundary is marked by a conglomeration of side streets and Crowcroft Park School. There are a number of entrances to the park from each of its boundary roads. Within, Crowcroft Park is an unremarkable recreational area. It does not have a boating lake or a stream flowing through it. It does, however, have a childrens' playground in the northeast corner and bowling greens along the East Road boundary. It once boasted a Victorian bandstand and a structure known as the Summer Shed, an open-sided shelter with a roof supported on columns made from tree trunks.

Before Crowcroft Park was opened to the public as a recreational area it appears that this piece of land had an industrial use. Early maps of the area show a cluster of buildings identified as a "Cotton Manufactury". By 1842 though all of the buildings had been demolished clearing the way for the construction, at the beginning of the 20th century of a park for the enjoyment of the residents of Longsight and Levenshulme. Early post cards of the park show that it had bowling greens and a rather ornate band stand.

bowling green © Graham Todd

Here is the "Summer House" with the bandstand in the distance.

park steps © Les Cotton

Picture by Les Cotton, Wednesday, March 24, 1999

Park building © Les

Above: The site of the famous water tap, somewhat changed over the years.

The pictures above and below were taken by Les Cotton, March 24, 1999

Pathways © Les Cotton

The well-preserved former stables and buildings in Crowcroft Park, behind the top bowling green. Photograph donated by Graham Todd.