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A Helping of History - 16/04/2019

A Helping of History - 16/04/2019

This week, I’ll be talking about some of the more curious place names in North Manchester.

Often on the show, I talk about the origin of place names (e.g. Crumpsall, Langley, Moston), but these are usually toponyms derived from physical features of the landscape and location. However, I’m also interested in another type of place name – one that refers to its function or purpose. Sometimes, this has been near-forgotten, but the name remains as a hint of the fascinating local history story to be uncovered.

I’ll be sharing four of my favourite place names and their stories on this week’s show. Tune in to find out about a tower block in Collyhurst, an odd little street in Blackley, an area of Moston… and perhaps the most anticipated street ever to be built in North Manchester!

In addition to this, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers.

Listen every Tuesday from 12-2pm, North Manchester FM, 106.6 FM


Richard Cleverley

Another fascinating show. Regarding the "Fourways roundabout", my recollection from the early to mid 90s is that the roundabout was only constructed when the estate including Ainsbrook Ave was built. Before it was just a (somewhat tricky) junction,

Never having lived in Moston and having only moved to Manchester in 1988, I never knew about the cinema nor indeed about the Fourways name applying to the area.

You mentioned the 1966 map, but looking at older OS maps, there were onky two ways here at one point - the two directions of Moston Lane. Charlestown Road previously having petered out at White Moss Farm, only being extended when the estate was built in the interwar years.

Finally, Shackcliffe Green is shown as the name for the area SW of the roundabout. I've never heard that name used so wondered whether it fell into disuse, and if so when and why.

Hannah's Bookshelf

Hi Richard, thanks for your comment. Yes - I talked about the Fourways a bit more in the second hour of the show (when I was discussing Chain Bar), and I think I referred to it as the 'Twoways' on the earlier maps! I also talked about Shackcliffe Green (formerly Shacklock Green), which is still a current name for the area in the second hour of the show.