|Carlton Road, 2016|
And according to one source appropriated the Black Brook as part of his own sewage system which while that may have seemed quite modern was not I suspect embraced by those who lived further down stream in Chorlton.*
There had been a “footpath from West Point to Brooks’ Bar as a means of communication between Hulme and the village [Chorlton] along which a brook run, afterwards arched and utilised by Mr Brooks as a main sewer which he drained into the watercourse called Black Brook,” complimenting the new road he cut in 1838 which we now know as Upper Chorlton Road “or Brook’s-road as it is better known ..... in the year 1838 to give access to his residence, Whalley House.”*
|Ruford Road, 2016|
All of which is a way of introducing a new series of stories about Whalley Range.
The pictures are from Andy Robertson who set out yesterday down Upper Chorlton Road and took a turn down Sylvan Avenue to record what happened to Mr Brook’s grand design in the roads and avenues of Whalley Range.
Location; Whalley Range, Manchester
*Thomas Ellwood, History of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, nu 6, December 12 1885, South Manchester Gazette