Levenshulme shown within Greater Manchester
|Population||12,691 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Metropolitan borough||City of Manchester|
|Metropolitan county||Greater Manchester|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||0161 22x|
|European Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||Manchester Gorton|
|List of places: UK • England • Greater Manchester|
Levenshulme is an urban area of the City of Manchester, in North West England. 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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 Gorton is a parliamentary constituency in the city of Manchester, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the 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. North West England is one of the nine official Regions of England. 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 It borders Longsight, Gorton, Burnage and Stockport, 4 miles (6. Longsight is an area of the City of Manchester, in North West England. Gorton is a district of the City of Manchester in North West England. Burnage is a Neighbourhood of the City of Manchester in North West England. Stockport ( is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies on elevated ground on the River Mersey at the influx of the rivers Goyt 4 km) from Manchester City Centre on the A6 road. Manchester City Centre is the Central business district of both Manchester and Greater Manchester, in North West England. Levenshulme is also situated on the main Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston railway line. Manchester Piccadilly station, known locally as just Piccadilly, is the principal railway station of Manchester in England. Euston station (official name London Euston) is a major Railway station to the north of central London in the London Borough of Camden Levenshulme railway station is bypassed by inter-city train services but is served by local commuter trains. Levenshulme railway station (previously Levenshulme North serves the Levenshulme area of the city of Manchester, England.
Historically a part of Lancashire, Levenshulme, a former township, is predominantly residential with minimal industrial presence. The historic counties of England are ancient subdivisions of England. Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea In England, township (latin - vill) usually means a village or hamlet The majority of its economy is generated via small retail establishments with a predominance of fast food shops, public houses and antique stores. It has a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic population and in the 2001 census it was determined that the population was 12,691.  Levenshulme is one of the most deprived areas in England. 
Levenshulme is referred to locally as 'Levy' (pronounced Leh-vee).
The very early history is so obscure as to be virtually non-existent. Many of the surrounding suburbs, such as Withington, Didsbury, Gorton etc, had a history of developing as villages, but for some reason Levenshulme didn't. Withington is a suburban area of the City of Manchester, in North West England. Didsbury (ˈdɪdzbəri is a suburban area of the City of Manchester, in Greater Manchester, England Gorton is a district of the City of Manchester in North West England. It has had several names over the millennia (according to East Lancashire expert Eilert Ekwall), including: in 1246 it was called "de Lewyneshulm", in 1322 "Levensholme" and in 1587 it was called "Lensom". Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea Eilert Ekwall ( 8 January 1877 – 23 November 1964) was a Swede who was Professor of English at Lund University from 1909 The name itself is derived from a possessive version of a person's name, "Leofwine's" and "holm", a Viking term meaning island (usually in a lake or river). A Viking is one of the Norse ( Scandinavian Explorers Warriors Merchants, and pirates who raided and colonized wide areas 
The district of East Levenshulme used to be known as Talleyrand. It included Talleyrand House (later renamed as Barlow House) and a street, Talleyrand Row . It was said the French Statesman Talleyrand once stayed there during his exile from France, presumably during 1792-1794. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord 1st Sovereign Prince of Beneventum (2 February 1754 17 May 1838 the Prince of Diplomats, was a French This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. .
Legend has it that the famous Highwayman Dick Turpin regularly visited the Blue Bell Inn on Barlow Road which shares the name of his birthplace. There has been an inn on this site for more than 400 years.
The typical housing of Levenshulme consists of terraced houses the majority of whom were built circa 1880-1890. The style of houses are what are known colloquially as "two up-two downs". With a bedroom above each lower room, the house is bisected by a steep, narrow staircase. A kitchen was to the rear. Right up to the 1980s it wasn't uncommon for the original outside toilet (to the rear of the kitchen) to still be present.
The layout of the streets which contain these terraces are typical of the area and consist of grid layouts intersected with wide back entries which run the length of the terrace blocks at the rear and at each end of the block. This alley/back-entry layout is supposed to be because of an old bylaw of the Levenshulme local authority that every terraced house had to allow access to the back door by a horse and cart to enable rubbish to be removed without the need enter the house.
These back entries are now generally considered to be a threat to home security. Accordingly Manchester City Council has, over recent years, helped residents by funding a "Gated Alley" response to the threat. When all affected residents of a particular entry are in agreement the entries have iron gates set up at all ingress and egress points with all affected residents being issued a key. 
Manchester and its districts had developed into what were referred to as the "Thirty Townships". Levenshulme was one of them and in 1865 got its own 'board' which shortly thereafter developed into an urban district council. In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, an urban district was a type of Local government district that covered an Urbanised area Prior to the turn of the century West Levenshulme was considered to be a "dormitory" for Manchester. This description eventually changed to one of "residential suburb" a decade or so later, but East Levenshulme was still primarily industrial in nature comprising mostly of print works, bleach works, dye works, and mattress works. In spite of the preponderance of industrial works there were also several farms, and the area around what is now Levenshulme High School was considered to be semi-rural right up until the 1920s. 
Up until the late 19th century Manchester's outlying townships had to supply their own amenities. This was becoming increasingly difficult for the urban councils to do and as a result there was a considerable difference in prices charged to the residents compared to the prices charged by Manchester itself. Manchester refused to alleviate these difficulties unless townships agreed to come under their control. As a result the townships slowly began to amalgamate into Manchester's rule. Along with Withington, Levenshulme protested at the discrepancy of prices for gas in the city and for the outlying townships that were already supplied by Manchester. Withington is a suburban area of the City of Manchester, in North West England. Nevertheless many of those townships arranged to get their electricity from Manchester, possibly in the hope that they would benefit from the city's plans to electrify the tram system when the existing lease with the Manchester Carriage and Tramways Company was due to end in 1901. Along with Gorton, Levenshulme joined Manchester in 1909. Gorton is a district of the City of Manchester in North West England. The tramways were extended to serve Levenshulme before the start of WW1 in 1914. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All 
The Levenshulme ward is represented in Manchester City Council by John Commons, Alec Cowan and Keith Whitmore. Manchester City Council is the local authority for the City of Manchester in Greater Manchester, England John Commons is a Liberal Democrat politician in the City of Manchester.
Levenshulme forms part of the wider Manchester Gorton UK Parliamentary constituency and is represented by Gerald Kaufman (Labour), who has held the seat since 1983.
Although there is some commercial expansion and increasing numbers of entertainment establishments, in some ways Levenshulme is still declining, an example being the reduction of publicly funded leisure facilities. As of September 2007, other than three parks (Greenbank Fields, Chapel Street Park and Highfield Country Park) there is only a library and swimming pool that is council run.
Levenshulme also houses the Consulate of the Netherlands located at Apex House, 266 Moseley Road. The Netherlands ( Dutch:, ˈnedərlɑnt is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands the Netherlands
In 1830 Levenshulme had a population of 768. The Demography of Greater Manchester is charactered by a number of trends recorded amongst its multicultural agglomoration of 2 
Levenshulme has an Irish population of approximately 7. Ireland (pronounced /ˈaɾlənd/ Éire) is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world 0% which is twice the Manchester average, and as a consequence it is sometimes called 'County Levenshulme' in reference to the County structure in Ireland. Since the late 16th century the Island of Ireland has been divided into 32 counties ( Irish language contae or condae Irish produce, including soda bread, red lemonade and Irish newspapers, can be bought in Levenshulme's shops, whilst local cafes serve up boiled bacon and cabbage, a traditional Irish dish. Soda bread is a type of Quick bread in which Baking soda has been substituted for yeast Red lemonade is a popular Soft drink in Ireland. Lemonade in Ireland comes in two varieties - red and white The demographics within the district are changing with increasing numbers of (mostly Muslim) people of South Asian origin and a growing number of Africans, settling in Levenshulme. A Muslim (مسلم pronounced Muslim, not Muzlim) is an adherent of the Religion Over a third of the population belong to an ethnic minority. In recent times Levenshulme has also seen an influx of eastern europeans moving into the area, bringing about Polish confectionary shops and the development of a Czech bar in the place of the Wheatsheaf on Stockport Road. Many students also rent accommodation in the area.
In the 2001 Census, the ethnic make up of Levenshulme was:
|Ethnic Group||Person count||Percentage|
|White: British||8625||65. 12|
|Asian/Asian-British: Pakistani||1714||13. 51|
|White: Irish||884||6. 97|
|White: Other||301||2. 37|
|Black/Black-British: Caribbean||300||2. 36|
|Asian/Asian-British: Indian||185||1. 46|
|Asian/Asian-British: Other Asian||161||1. 27|
|Mixed: White & Black Caribbean||149||1. 17|
|Asian/Asian-British: Bangladeshi||139||1. 10|
|Black/Black-British: African||135||1. 06|
|Mixed: White & Asian||94||0. 74|
|Mixed: White & Black African||77||0. 61|
|Other Ethnic Groups||77||0. 61|
|Mixed: Other||61||0. 48|
|Black/Black-British: Other Black||39||0. 31|
Levenshulme is evolving into an area typical of South Manchester, i. e. a mix of pubs, bars, restaurants, takeaways, cybercafés and terraced housing. In fact, Levy's cyberculture is rapidly growing and demonstrates that the area is embracing a 21st century lifestyle in a thriving mixed-culture environment. Cyberculture is the Culture that has emerged or is emerging from the use of Computer networks for communication, entertainment and business Despite these traits, the modern Levenshulme is still considered to be one of the most deprived areas of Manchester, and regeneration efforts are underway to address this problem. Local residents have recently formed the "Friends of Levenshulme" association in order to highlight some of the more acute socio-economic and environmental concerns that Levenshulme faces including the lack of a basic supermarket due to the nationwide closure campaign of late by discount supermarket, Kwik Save. Socioeconomics or socio-economics is the study of the relationship between economic activity and Social life. Environmentalism is a broad philosophy and Social movement centered on a concern for the conservation and improvement of the environment. 
There is a well organised, annual "Levenshulme Festival" which usually features 120+ multi-cultural events from firework displays to music concerts. The festival has been running since 1998. 
The community radio station All FM is based in Levenshulme. All FM is a local community radio station serving south and east Manchester and based in the South Manchester suburb of Levenshulme.
Levenshulme has a varied ethnic mix. This is a partial list of churches in Greater Manchester, North West England, split according to Metropolitan district. According to the 2001 Census the break down by religion is:
56. A Christian is a person who adheres to Christianity, a monotheistic Religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth 7
16. A Muslim (مسلم pronounced Muslim, not Muzlim) is an adherent of the Religion 74
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0. A Hindu ( Devanagari: हिन्दू is an adherent of the philosophies and scriptures of Hinduism, a set of religious, Philosophical 80
0. Buddhism is a family of beliefs and practices 35
0. Sikh (English or; ਸਿੱਖ sikkh, IPA) is the title and name given to an adherent of Sikhism. 29
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|St Aiden's Church||Clare Road||English Language Orthodox|
|St Andrew's Church||Broom Avenue|
|Levenshulme Baptist Church||Elmsworth Avenue||Baptist|
|Levenshulme Methodist Church||Stockport Road||Methodist||13 May 1865|
Methodism in Levenshulme has a history dating back to 1766 (based on financial records of The Methodist Society). A religion is a set of Tenets and practices often centered upon specific Supernatural and moral claims about Reality, the Cosmos The Eastern Orthodox Church is the second largest single Christian Communion in the world Baptist is a term describing individuals belonging to a Baptist church or a Baptist denomination. Methodism is a movement within Protestant Christianity represented by a number of denominations and organizations Events 1497 - Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola. Year 1865 ( MDCCCLXV) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year In that time there have been five Methodist churches. Levenshulme Methodist Church (formerly Levenshulme New Wesleyan Chapel) is the only one to survive. 
|Levenshulme United Reform Church||Grange Avenue||URC|
|Currently Levenshulme United Reform Church is closed and virtually derelict. An unrelated American church of similar name is the United Reformed Churches in North America. As of September 2007 there are plans to convert the building into shops.|
|Madina Mosque & UK Islamic Mission||Barlow Road||Muslim||Islamic Centre opened c. A Muslim (مسلم pronounced Muslim, not Muzlim) is an adherent of the Religion 1986|
The Islamic Centre is housed in the building which was originally St Peter's School built in 1854 and closed in 1982. 
|St Mark's Church||Barlow Road||Church of England||Built 1908|
St Mark's was declared a Grade II listed building on 6 June 1994. The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England, the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican 
|St Mary of the Angels & St. Clare RC Church||Elbow Street||Roman Catholic|
|St Peters Church||Stockport Road||Church of England||Consecrated in 1860|
In 1852 a donation of 1445 square yards of land and £500 was made to Levenshulme to build a church. The donation came from a member of a family known for generous donations for churches, Charles Carill-Worsley. St Peter's School (directly behind the church) was built in 1854 and was used initially as a temporary place for the congregation to worship. 
St Mark's Church
Madina Mosque & UK Islamic Mission
St Peter's Church
Levenshulme doesn't have much by way of publicly funded recreation facilities. But what it does have:
This park is a green area stretching between Manor Road in the north, Mount Road in the east and Barlow Road in the south and west. It is primarily open grass land but also houses an open-air, enclosed 5-a-side football pitch adjacent to the Mount Road exit. Five-a-side football is a variation of Football (soccer in which each team fields five players (four Outfield players and a Goalkeeper) rather than the
Up until c. 1920 the land that Green Bank Fields was on held a dairy farm called Green Bank Farm (Wolfenden's) and a small house called Botany Bay cottage. The entrance to the farm was originally where the main entrance to the park is now on Barlow Road adjacent to Byrom Parade shops. 
Manchester City Council fomented a local controversy by selling off part of Mellands (GMPTE) Playing Fields, Gorton to Dappa Homes to build 149 houses. The Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive ( GMPTE) is the public body ( Passenger Transport Executive) responsible for co-ordinating Public transport Gorton is a district of the City of Manchester in North West England. Dappa is obliged to replace the land they are using to build the homes. In May 2004 Dappa Homes submitted plans to build 3 football pitches, a clubhouse and surround the park with a 3 metre fence on Green Bank Fields. This would have had the effect of reducing the versatile open-space into a restricted use site. The plans were later withdrawn by Dappa. 
Highfield Country Park is a 70 acre area of open land that stretches to the east of Broom Avenue across to the back of Reddish Golf Course and over to the junction of Longford Road and Nelstrop Road.
In the 1970s it was designated as a country park by the council, but at the time it wasn't much more than a landfill site that was formerly the site of a tripe factory, Jackson's brickworks, Levenshulme Dye and Bleach works and High Field Farm. For other uses see Water treatment and Land reclamation. A landfill, also known as a dump (and historically as Tripe is a type of edible Offal from the Stomachs of various Domestic animals. The claypit formed by the extracted clay for the brickworks was much used by local children as a play area, known as "The Brickie".
Up until 2004 the park was jointly maintained by Manchester City Council and a group of volunteers called The Friends of Highfield Park. Manchester City Council is the local authority for the City of Manchester in Greater Manchester, England In July 2004 the park came to the attention of the Prudential Grass Roots campaign (run by the BTCV conservation charity). BTCV – formerly known as British Trust for Conservation Volunteers – is the biggest practical conservation charity in Britain. Over a 12 month period the park was transformed from a dreary, vandalised wasteland into a pleasant country park with a picnic area and mapped out country walks. 
Levenshulme Swimming Baths was built in the late 1800s and was formerly called "Levenshulme Public Baths and Washhouse" as it also housed the public washhouse at the side.
In the late 1920s and early 1930s Levenshulme Baths was used as a training pool for Longsight resident Sunny Lowry, who, in 1933, was the first British woman to swim the English Channel (from France to England). Ethel "Sunny" Lowry MBE (born January 2, 1911, Longsight, Manchester, died February 21 2008) 
In April 2008 the Manchester Evening News reported an 'outrage' by local mothers, over Levenshulme Baths hiring one of their two pools to a private naturist group Naked Swim one night a week. The criticism, with homophobic undertones, created an unprecedented amount of discussion on the MEN websitemuch of it in support of the male-only naturist group.
Levenshulme library is what is known as a "Carnegie library" as it was gifted to the people of Levenshulme by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. For other uses see Carnegie Library (disambiguation, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Free Library and Carnegie Public Library A business magnate, sometimes referred to as a mogul, tycoon, baron, or industrialist, is a person who has reached a prominent place in Philanthropy is the act of donating money goods services time and/or effort to support a socially beneficial cause with a defined objective and with no financial or material Andrew Carnegie (properly kɑrˈneɪgi but commonly /ˈkɑrnɨgi/ or /kɑrˈnɛgi/ (25 November 1835 – 11 August 1919 was a Scottish -born American Industrialist The ceremonial laying of the first brick (in reality an engraved stone plaque) took place on 5 December 1903. Year 1903 ( MCMIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar or a Common year starting The stone was laid by George Paulson in his role as Chairman of The Free Library Committee. The library actually opened its doors to the public in 1904. At the time the money was gifted there was a minor local furore as some Levenshulme residents expressed the opinion that it was "immoral" for the then Urban District Council to accept the money from Carnegie as they believed the money to be "tainted". This was allegedly due to Carnegie's suppression of trade unions in the United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the 
|Alma Park Primary School||Errwood Road|
|Chapel Street Primary School||Chapel Street|
|St Andrew's CofE Primary School||Broom Avenue|
|St Mary's RC Primary School||Clare Road|
|Levenshulme High School||Crossley Road|
Levenshulme is not the place one would regard as a centre of tourism but due to several reports in both local and national newspapers and on several internet blogs there now seems to be a trickle of tourists making visits to Levenshulme railway station since the 'news' broke of "The Street with No Name". Levenshulme railway station (previously Levenshulme North serves the Levenshulme area of the city of Manchester, England. 
The street the railway station is located on is 160 years old and 70 metres long yet has no official name and never has had one. In May of 2007 as a benefit of a £5000 grant awarded to 'The Friends of Levenshulme Station' by the Awards For All lottery grants scheme, an unofficial road sign was erected at the entrance to the street. The sign gave the name of the street as "The Street With No Name". According to local residents the street had been informally called this for years and it seemed appropriate that it now had a sign so people could find it. The first sign was fitted approximately three feet from the floor and was stolen a short time later. The replacement was refitted twelve feet above the road so as to discourage would-be thieves.
Officials from Manchester City Council were reported to be investigating the option of the council adopting the street and giving it official status. Manchester City Council is the local authority for the City of Manchester in Greater Manchester, England