Local History:

A collection of further information on the local history of Gorton.

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Hidden Connections from Gorton's Past

History is about people, individual people. Some prefer to think history is shaped by ideas or economics or grand politics. But, ultimately, it is shaped by individuals – ordinary people and families...
 

The Story of Gorton House
in Debdale Park

Gorton House is a Grade ll listed building located in the centre of Debdale Park. It is a Regency manor built in the 1790’s by the wealthy textile merchant Robert Grimshaw, a member of a well know local dynasty of land owners and industrialists...
The Story of Debdale Park

The story of Debdale Park begins in 1851 when Manchester City Council purchased the land surrounding Gorton reservoirs from the Waterworks Company. The purpose of this was to protect the area around this valuable water supply for the city. Gradually this land became available for public use as a recreation ground though no attempt was made to make it into a proper park... 
 
Gorton - Place of Dreams

In 1866 a cattle plague swept through Cheshire which not only killed animals in their tens of thousands but it ruined my great-grandfather. So he did what innumerable people before and after him have done – moved to the nearest big city, Manchester, with the dream of a better life. From country squire to city squatter, he settled in the then booming suburb of the industrial work shop of the world, Gorton... 
 
Hearth and Home
How all our homes have a history

Home is where the heart is, so they say. Or is it, „where the hearth is‟? Either way, both etymologically and historically, these Old English words (heorte, and heorth) are almost interchangeable. From our ancient origins the hearth has been at the heart of the home...