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Whalley Range: Brooks Bar 1850 Whalley Range: Brooks Bar 1850

Photograph courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives (Image m40668)

Whalley Range is a suburb of Manchester lying about 2 miles south west of Manchester city centre.

Samuel Brooks, a Manchester Banker and Business man bought 63 acres of land and used this for a housing development aimed at the rich gentry.

The estate was laid out between two farm tracks, now Withington Road and Upper Chorlton Road. Samuel was born near Whalley, Lancashire and named his new home ‘Whalley House’. The area now recognised as Whalley Range is slightly extended beyond the initial farm tracks

At this time of the Industrial Revolution, the green space between Manchester and Whalley Range decreased rapidly, and the boundaries with Moss Side and Greenheys are often confused.

Manley Hall, Whalley Range 1892 Manley Hall, Whalley Range 1892

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