Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Gore Town' in All Its Glory ; . ??Whether Named after a Saxon Battle or a Discoloured Stream, Gorton Boasts a Rich History - Including . ??Whether Named after a Saxon Battle or a Discoloured Stream, Gorton Boasts a Rich History - Includingits Famous Monastery, a Blackfoot Sioux Chief, and the Original Home of Manchester City

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Gore Town' in All Its Glory ; . ??Whether Named after a Saxon Battle or a Discoloured Stream, Gorton Boasts a Rich History - Including . ??Whether Named after a Saxon Battle or a Discoloured Stream, Gorton Boasts a Rich History - Includingits Famous Monastery, a Blackfoot Sioux Chief, and the Original Home of Manchester City

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iN medieval times, Gorton was a district in the ancient parish of Manchester in the Salford Hundred of Lancashire.

West Gorton was included in the City of Manchester in 1890 and the remainder in 1909.

The district sits south east of Manchester city centre, near Longsight and Levenshulme, and includes the localities of Belle Vue and Abbey Hey.

The name 'Gorton' has been said to come from 'Gore Town' - due to a nearby battle between Saxons and Danes - but this has been dismissed by historians, who claim the name actually means 'dirty farmstead'.

This may come from 'Gore Brook', meaning 'dirty brook'. The brook still runs through Gorton today, and may have been discoloured by peat, giving the water a dirty appearance and, therefore, the name.

Gorton railway station opened in 1842 as Gorton and Openshaw, and was replaced in 1906. It still operates now, with services between Manchester Piccadilly and Glossop and Hayfield.

Hyde Road railway station was opened in Gorton in 1882, but closed in 1958. It was used briefly in 1987 as the Manchester Metrolink system was being developed, and a temporary station called Debdale Park was constructed on the site of the Hyde Road station to host a public exhibition, in which a train was driven along a stretch of the track to demonstrate the service being planned. The line was dismantled soon afterwards and is now a cycle track called the Fallowfield Loop, which runs from Debdale Park to St Werburgh's Road Metrolink station in Chorlton-cum-Hardy.

In the early 19th century, Gorton was home to many Victorian houses, but many of these were demolished in the 1960s and residents were moved to housing estates in other areas of the city or were placed in new council houses and flats in Gorton.

Over time, some areas of Gorton have suffered major deprivation. There have been high crime levels, especially assaults, car crime and burglaries.

The first four series of television show Shameless were mainly filmed in West Gorton, and depict the levels of deprivation in the area.

A dark figure in Gorton's history is Myra Hindley, who grew up there and lived there with Ian Brady at the time of the first three Moors murders, before moving to Hattersley. …

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