It serves to remind us that not too long ago the idea of a hand held communicator was judged pure science fiction and for that matter making a telephone call still meant going out of the house and depending where you were waiting to use the phone. So it made sense for the emergency services to provide this service.
And yes of course this is Whalley Range but Whalley Range and Chorlton have pretty much walked together.
Location; Whalley Range
Picture; Emergency telephone, Upper Chorlton Road, August 1960, A.H.Downes, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, http://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php?session=pass