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EWM Chorlton May 2004 Page 8

CHORLTON PARK apartments are on Barlow Moor Road overlooking Chorlton park. Designed by Stephenson Bell they mark a new architectural departure in mostly Victorian Chorlton.

The minimalist style with wood-faced balconies is a startling new addition to the streetscape of Chorlton.

LONGFORD HALL entrance porch is all that remains of the home of 19th century cotton merchant John Rylands. It was pulled down in the mid-90's. Longford Park is just across the municipal boundary in Stretford, part of the Borough of Trafford.

What a shame that yet another historic building has been lost.

LONGFORD PARK is often used by Chorlton residents, though it lies in the town of Stretford. The municipal boundary between the City of Manchester and the Borough of Trafford.runs along eastern edge of the park. Here we are looking south towards Edge Lane.

The Borough of Trafford's largest park provides another green 'lung' for Chorlton residents.

ST WERBURGH'S ROAD and Wilbraham Road meet at this point about half a mile east of the centre of Chorlton. St Werburgh's Church stands on the corner.

Whenever I pass this point I think of comedy reviews by St Werburgh's amateur dramatic society including their unforgettable song about the Netto store in Whalley Range, sung to the tune of Elvis's 'In the Ghetto'.

TORBAY ROAD lies to the east of Barlow Moor Road off Sandy Lane. The street is lined with late Victorian semi-detatched houses of familiar design

As a child I remember trying to climb over walls similar to these with their smooth curved tops - and falling off!

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