Chorlton-cum-Hardy shown within Greater Manchester
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Chorlton-cum-Hardy is a suburban area of the City of Manchester, North West England, known locally as just Chorlton. Greater Manchester is a Metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 2 The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using Latitude and Longitude The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are one of the four levels of Subdivisions of England used for the purposes of Local government outside Greater London Greater Manchester is a Metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 2 The region, also known as the government office region, is currently the highest tier of local government sub-national entity of England, with only one North West England is one of the nine official Regions of England. Constituent country is a phrase used often by official institutions in contexts in which a country makes up a part of a larger entity or grouping England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland This list of sovereign states, alphabetically arranged gives an overview of States around the world with information on the extent of their Sovereignty. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located A post town is a required part of all postal addresses in the United Kingdom, and a basic unit of the postal delivery system UK Postal codes are known as postcodes. UK postcodes are Alphanumeric. The M postcode area, also known as the Manchester postcode area, is a group of several Postal districts in Greater Manchester, England. The UK Telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Telephone Numbering Plan, is the system used for assigning Telephone numbers in the United There are a number of law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom. Greater Manchester Police (" GMP " is the Home Office Police force responsible for policing the Metropolitan county of Greater The fire service in the United Kingdom operates under separate legislative and administrative arrangements in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and The Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is the county-wide statutory emergency fire and rescue service for the Metropolitan county of The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust was formed on 1 July 2006 as part of Health Minister Lord Warner's plans to reduce the number of NHS North West England is a Constituency of the European Parliament. This is a list of the 646 constituencies currently represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, as at the 2005 general election Manchester Withington is a parliamentary constituency in the city of Manchester. A Gazetteer of place names in the United Kingdom showing each place's County, Unitary authority or council area and its geographical coordinates List of places --> List of cities in the United Kingdom List of towns in England Lists of places This is a partial list of places in Greater Manchester, in North West England. A geographic coordinate system enables every location on the Earth to be specified in three coordinates using mainly a spherical coordinate system. South San Jose (cropjpg||thumb|A suburban development in San Jose California. North West England is one of the nine official Regions of England. It is situated about four miles south west of Manchester city centre. Originally Chorlton was a separate village from Manchester but was incorporated into the City of Manchester in 1904. A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet, but smaller than a Town or City.  Chorlton-cum-Hardy should not be confused with Chorlton-on-Medlock, which is a different area close to the centre of Manchester. Chorlton-on-Medlock is an area of the City of Manchester, in North West England.
Chorlton borders Stretford, Sale, Didsbury, Withington, Whalley Range and Old Trafford. Stretford (pop 37500 is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, in Greater Manchester, England Didsbury (ˈdɪdzbəri is a suburban area of the City of Manchester, in Greater Manchester, England Withington is a suburban area of the City of Manchester, in North West England. Whalley Range is a locality within the City of Manchester, in North West England. Old Trafford is an area of Stretford in Greater Manchester, England. The River Mersey runs through Chorlton along its southern boundary.
Chorlton ward is represented by two Labour councillors - Sheila Newman and Val Stevens - and one Liberal Democrat councillor - Paul Ankers. In Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, a ward is an Electoral district The Labour Party is a Political party in the United Kingdom. Founded at the start of the 20th century it has been since the 1920s the principal party of the A councillor or councilor ( Cllr, Coun, Clr or Cr for short is a member of a Local government council such as a The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal Political party in the United Kingdom, formed in 1988 by merging the A councillor or councilor ( Cllr, Coun, Clr or Cr for short is a member of a Local government council such as a Chorlton Park ward (which incorporates the Mersey Bank and Nell Lane estates of east Chorlton) is represented by three Liberal Democrat councillors - Tony Bethell, Norman Lewis and Bernie Ryan. In Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, a ward is an Electoral district The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal Political party in the United Kingdom, formed in 1988 by merging the A councillor or councilor ( Cllr, Coun, Clr or Cr for short is a member of a Local government council such as a
Chorlton probably derives from 'tún' (meaning farm, settlement or homestead) and 'ceorl' (meaning a freeman of the lowest class), giving us a full title similar to 'settlement of the peasants'. Hardy was an adjoining farm area probably meaning 'hard island' in Old English. It was located near Chorlton Meadows where Hardy Lane now lies. These two settlements were brought together in 1555 with the Latin word 'cum' (meaning with) used to seal the union. The district was a township of the ancient parish of Manchester in the Salford Hundred of Lancashire. In England, township (latin - vill) usually means a village or hamlet Manchester was an ancient parish in the Hundred of Salford in Lancashire, England. The hundred of Salford was an ancient division of the historic county of Lancashire, in Northern England. From 1876 to 1894 it was part of the district administered by the Withington Local Board and from 1894 to 1904 part of Withington Urban District. The township was absorbed into the City of Manchester in August 1904 together with the rest of the urban district.
Chorlton is the location for the Cosgrove Hall animation studios where the children's series Chorlton and the Wheelies (named after the area) and Dangermouse were both created, amongst many other titles. Cosgrove Hall Films is a British Animation studio based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England that is a major producer of children's Chorlton and the Wheelies was a British children's Animated television series that ran between 1976 and 1979 DangerMouse is a British Animated television series which was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Thames Television.
The area is also frequently used by film crews for TV dramas and comedies, as it retains much of its original Victorian architecture.
Every year on a Sunday at the end of June, Chorlton is home to a summer event called the Beech Road Festival which resembles garden fêtes of old. On the day of the festival stalls are set up along a large part of Beech Road, selling arts, crafts and foods of all kinds and on Chorlton Green itself a traditional tug-of-war game is played between teams from most of the older pubs around the area. In Beech Road Park, at the opposite end of the road to the Green, there are more stalls, a small fairground, and a stage with live music. In recent years these festival days have proved highly popular with large crowds turning out, especially on hotter days.
Another event, called the Unity Festival takes place soon after the Beech Road Festival in Chorlton Park, but has a more political purpose; to encourage racial and cultural unity in the area. The event includes performances by young dancers, musicians and singers and has a small collection of stalls also.
The area is well-populated with creative people such as artists, writers and actors, as the area is seen by some as being more 'bohemian' than others. Prior to their departure for Australia in 1958, the Bee Gees spent nearly eight years of their childhood living in 51, Keppel Road, Chorlton. The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The street also lent its name to a Bee Gees documentary in 1997.
Other local residents include Dunstable-born artist and musician Damon Gough, known as Badly Drawn Boy, who can often be seen around the Beech Road area. Damon Gough (nicknamed Badly Drawn Boy) was born 2 October 1969, in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. In a recent interview with the Manchester Evening News, he was quoted as saying "Chorlton's where home is. The Manchester Evening News (also known as MEN Media) is an English daily Newspaper published each week day evening and on Saturdays It's the place I would want to be if the world ended".
Another recent musician to base himself in Chorlton is Jim Noir, who recorded his album 'Tower of Love' in his own house. Jim Noir (real name Alan Roberts) is an English Singer-songwriter from Davyhulme, Manchester. The members of the indie-rock band Polytechnic are also residents of the area. Polytechnic are an indie-rock band based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Manchester, England
The Stone Roses were another Chorlton band, with guitarist John Squire living and working for Cosgrove Hall in the suburb. The Stone Roses were an English Alternative rock band formed in Manchester in 1984 A guitarist is a Musician who plays the Guitar. Guitarists may perform solo pieces or play with ensembles and bands of a wide variety of genres John Squire (born John Thomas Squire on 24 November, 1962) is an English Musician, Songwriter and Artist. Cosgrove Hall Films is a British Animation studio based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England that is a major producer of children's South San Jose (cropjpg||thumb|A suburban development in San Jose California. Mike Pickering of M People lived on Ryebank Road. M People are a British House music act from Manchester formed in 1990 which achieved success throughout most of the 1990s
Other notable residents have included locally-born actor Warren Clarke who lived at 8, Grindley Avenue, former Manchester City footballer Nicky Reid, who was also brought up locally, and Freddie Garrity (of Freddie and the Dreamers) who died in May 2006. Warren Clarke (born April 26 1947) is an English actor Clarke was born in Oldham, Lancashire. TalkManchester City FC before changing verbs to singular --> Manchester City Football Club is an English professional football club Nicholas Scott "Nicky" Reid (born October 30, 1960 in Davyhulme) was an English footballer who played as a defender Freddie and the Dreamers were a British musical band who had a number of hit records between May 1963 and November 1965. The area also attracts many soap actors who often stay temporarily in the area due to its reputation, such as Naomi Radcliffe, Craig Charles and Julie Hesmondhalgh. Naomi Radcliffe is an English actress. She was born in Oldham, Greater Manchester to Albert Radcliffe —the Canon of Manchester Craig Charles (born 11 July, 1964 in Liverpool, England) is an English Actor, Stand up comedian, Author Julie Hesmondhalgh (born February 25 1970) is an English actress.
World renowned photographer Harry Goodwin who worked on Top of the Pops for many years and photographed many world famous stars such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Cher, Jackson Five and also sports stars such as Muhammad Ali, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Alex Ferguson is also a resident of Chorlton. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 Cher ( IPA: /ʃɛr/ born Cherilyn Sarkisian, May 20 1946 The Jackson 5 (also spelled The Jackson Five or The Jackson 5ive, and later known as The Jacksons) was an American popular music Family Biography Early life Cassius Clay Jr was born on January 17 1942 David Robert Joseph Beckham, and is also a member of the England national team. Ryan Joseph Giggs OBE (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973 in Ely, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom Sir Alexander Chapman "Alex" Ferguson, CBE, (born 31 December 1941 in Govan, Glasgow) is a Scottish football manager A few of his photos are on display at Chorlton High School: the opening was attended by Sir Alex Ferguson and many stars. Sir Alexander Chapman "Alex" Ferguson, CBE, (born 31 December 1941 in Govan, Glasgow) is a Scottish football manager
Coronation Street actress Doris Speed lived in Sibson Rd and for over twenty years she played Annie Walker - landlady of the Rovers Return in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. Coronation Street (commonly known as 'Corrie' is an award-winning Soap opera created by Tony Warren Doris Speed OBE ( 3 February 1899 - 16 November 1994) was a British actress best known for her role as snooty Rovers Anne 'Annie' Walker (née Beaumont) played by Doris Speed, is one of the original Coronation Street characters when the show began in 1960 The Rovers Return Inn is a fictional Public house on the long running British television soap, Coronation Street. Coronation Street (commonly known as 'Corrie' is an award-winning Soap opera created by Tony Warren
It was in Chorlton-cum-Hardy that George Best lodged when he first came to Manchester also on Sibson Road. Simply Red is an English pop band Their style draws influences from pop, rock, jazz, Lovers rock, and Blue-eyed soul Michael Hucknall (born 8 June 1960) is a British singer and songwriter Next door but one to Doris Speed. Doris Speed OBE ( 3 February 1899 - 16 November 1994) was a British actress best known for her role as snooty Rovers
Quentin Crisp died shortly before his ninety-first birthday in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Greater Manchester, on the eve of a nationwide revival of his one-man show. His body was cremated with a minimum of ceremony, and his ashes flown back to New York and scattered over Manhattan.
Bull-baiting was introduced into Britain around the year 1209, and it remained active in Chorlton Green until it was made illegal in 1835.