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EWM Chorlton May 2004 Page 4

THE HORSE & JOCKEY is Chorlton's most recognisable pub with its half timbered facade. On sunny days people sit out on Chorlton Green enjoying a drink and a chat.

Appearances can be deceptive: That olde worlde half timbered facade was added less than a hundred years ago.

THE HORSE & JOCKEY on Chorlton Green is one of Manchester's most picturesque pubs, though parked cars often block the view. People sit outside on sunny days or watch sport on big screens.

It's a very nice pub but taller visitors should watch their head on the low ceiling.

THE LYCH GATE and brick-built half-timbered bell tower with wooden slats was built in 1888 and has been listed since 1970. The old cemetery is through the gate. The old St Clemen'ts church stood here until 1940.

The tower is an intriguing monument to conservation. It was paid for by Sir William Brooks who led a faction which objected to the siting of the new St Clement's Church on Edge Lane.

EGERTON RD SOUTH is one of Chorlton's many long straight roads. We are standing on the bridge over the disused railway line looking north towards Wilbraham Rd.

I've created my own street sign in Photoshop as the nearby sign was obscured by road works.

LOOKING ALONG Egerton Rd South towards Wilbraham Road. Cars are parked fully on the pavement, though there is plenty of room on the road, which at this point is free of speed bumps.

The slope from the bridge gives cyclists a chance to freewheel in this mostly flat part of Manchester

EGERTON ROAD NORTH continues in a long straight path. The office building in the distance is in Old Trafford to the north. Cars are parked with two wheels on the pavement. Speed bumps restrict the speed of traffic on this and surrounding roads.

Comparing with old photos, it's interesting to see how the trees have grown to great size. Will they continue growing?

MAULDETH RD WEST is a wide dual carriageway with a tree-lined central strip. We are standing next to Chorlton Park looking towards the traffic lights at Barlow Moor Road where it becomes Hardy Lane and subsequently comes to a dead end..

Hardy Lane was to have been extended across the Mersey to Sale but the plan didn't go through.

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