Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m going to be talking about some of the little villages around the periphery of the (wider) North Manchester area, like Bowlee, Simister and Rhodes. Nowadays, we link these places with Middleton, Heywood and the Borough of Bury, but once upon a time they were linked with another name… Heaton.
Today’s show is about the Heatons – not the ones near Stockport, but Great Heaton and Little Heaton. I don’t think I’ll need to say much about the later life of the Heatons – Heaton Park is one of North Manchester’s most iconic landmarks – but I’m going to look at their earlier incarnations, before the construction of Heaton Hall and its estates.
Were Great Heaton and Little Heaton part of Prestwich? Or Middleton? Who owned them? What do we know about them? What about Bowlee, Rhodes and Simister? How do they fit in? And why are there so many places called ‘Heaton’?
Tune in on Tuesday to find out all about the Heatons before Heaton Park. In addition to this little journey around the edge of North Manchester, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers.
Catch the show on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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