24 Facts About Wythenshawe


Wythenshawe is a district of the city of Manchester, England.

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Historically in Cheshire, Wythenshawe was transferred in 1931 to the City of Manchester, which had begun building a massive housing estate there in the 1920s.

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Wythenshawe includes the estates of Baguley, Benchill, Brooklands, Peel Hall, Newall Green, Woodhouse Park, Moss Nook, Northern Moor, Northenden and Sharston.

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Name of Wythenshawe seems to come from the Old English wiðign = "withy tree" and sceaga = "wood".

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Immediately south of Wythenshawe is Manchester Airport, formerly called Ringway Airport.

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Wythenshawe was in the Church of England Diocese of Chester until 1933, when it was transferred to the neighbouring Diocese of Manchester.

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Wythenshawe is Manchester's largest district, a massive housing estate that was started in the 1920s intended as a "garden city" where people could be rehoused away from industrial Manchester.

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However, it took decades for some areas of Wythenshawe to get their own neighbourhood shops, which meant residents had to travel or visit a mobile shop van when it visited their area.

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Wythenshawe gradually acquired all the amenities and facilities that the original planners had neglected to include with the building of several new schools, shops, pubs and churches.

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The area got its own hospital, and Wythenshawe Hospital grew out of the earlier Baguley Hospital in 1948.

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In 1971, the Wythenshawe Forum was opened there, which included a library, a swimming pool, a restaurant, a bar and a theatre.

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In 2007, The New York Times described the housing estates in Wythenshawe as representing an "extreme pocket of social deprivation and alienation".

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Wythenshawe has twelve parks and 18 woodland areas including Wythenshawe Park, which was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2011.

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Manchester Wythenshawe was a parliamentary constituency created in 1950 and represented by Alf Morris of the Labour Party between 1964 and 1997.

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At the time of the 2001 UK Census, Wythenshawe was divided into six local government wards: Baguley, Benchill, Northenden, Sharston, Woodhouse Park and Brooklands.

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Wythenshawe is 8 miles south of the city centre and is the southernmost district of Manchester.

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On this old map of Wythenshawe it is roughly the rectangular area between three country lanes with Heyhead at its northwest corner.

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Wythenshawe is policed by the city of Manchester Division of Greater Manchester Police.

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Nearest railway station to Wythenshawe was located adjacent to Longley Lane at the edge of Sharston on the Cheshire Lines Railway from Stockport to Liverpool.

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Wythenshawe did not then have a public railway service for several decades, with the nearest stations being located in the neighbouring areas of Gatley, Heald Green and Altrincham.

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Wythenshawe was later acquired by Electrium, which is under Siemens' ownership.

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Wythenshawe is the outdoor filming location for the Channel 4 series Shameless, which shows various shots of the local tower-blocks, housing estates and other architecture unique to this area.

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Wythenshawe housed the outdoor sets for the show, which were built on private property.

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In 2009, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York went to Wythenshawe to make a television documentary for ITV1 entitled The Duchess on the Estate.

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