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Cheetham[1] is an inner city area and electoral ward of Manchester, England, which in 2011 had a population of 22,562.[2] It lies on the west bank of the River Irk, 1.4 miles (2.3 km) northeast of Manchester city centre close to the boundary with Salford, bounded by Broughton, Crumpsall and Collyhurst on the west, north and southeast respectively.

Cheetham Hill
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Cheetham Hill Road
Cheetham Hill is located in Greater Manchester
Cheetham Hill
Cheetham Hill
Location within Greater Manchester
Population22,562 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSD846009
• London164 mi (264 km) SE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtM8
Dialling code0161
PoliceGreater Manchester
FireGreater Manchester
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
  • Julie Connolly (Labour)
  • Shaukat Ali (Labour)
  • Naeem Hassam (Labour)
List of places
Greater Manchester
53°30′14″N 2°13′52″W / 53.504°N 2.231°W / 53.504; -2.231Coordinates: 53°30′14″N 2°13′52″W / 53.504°N 2.231°W / 53.504; -2.231

Historically part of Lancashire, Cheetham was a township in the parish of Manchester and hundred of Salford. The township was amalgamated into the Borough of Manchester in 1838, and in 1896 became part of the North Manchester township.[3][4]

Cheetham is home to a multi-ethnic community, a result of several waves of immigration to Britain.[5] In the mid-19th century, it attracted Irish people fleeing the Great Famine. It is now home to the Irish World Heritage Centre.[6] Jews settled in the late-19th and early-20th centuries, fleeing persecution in continental Europe. Migrants from the Indian subcontinent and Caribbean settled in the 1950s and 1960s, and more recently people from Africa, Eastern Europe and the Far East.[5]

Heavily urbanised following the Industrial Revolution, Cheetham is bisected by Cheetham Hill Road, which is lined with churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, as well as terraced houses dating from its history as a textile processing district. Joseph Holt's Brewery is on Empire Street, Cheetham. Markets along the road trade in wares and foodstuffs from all over the world.[5] The Museum of Transport in Manchester in Boyle Street, Cheetham Hill, is part of Queen's Road bus depot.


Neolithic implements have been discovered at Cheetham Hill, implying human habitation 7–10,000 years ago.[7]

Unmentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, Cheetham does not appear in records until 1212, when it was documented to have been a thegnage estate comprising "a plough-land", with an annual rate of 1 mark payable by the tenant, Roger de Middleton, to King John of England.[7] From the Middletons the estate of Cheetham passed to other families, including the Chethams and Pilkingtons.[7]

By the early 20th century, the southern end of Cheetham had a large Jewish population, and nine synagogues.[7] Michael Marks was a Jewish immigrant who lived in Cheetham Hill with his family. He and Thomas Spencer opened the first Marks and Spencer store on Cheetham Hill Road in 1893.[8] The business grew considerably over following years and in 1901 the company's first headquarters was built on Derby Street.[9]

During the Madchester phase of the history of Manchester, narcotic trade in the city became "extremely lucrative" and in the early 1980s a gang war started between two groups vying for control of the market in Manchester city centre - the Cheetham Hill Gang and The Gooch Close Gang, in Cheetham Hill and Moss Side respectively.[10] During this period Manchester acquired a reputation for gun crime, and was nicknamed "Gunchester" and the "Bronx of Britain" after a series of murders linked to turf wars and drug dealing associated with both Cheetham Hill and Moss Side.[11]


Lying within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire since the early 12th century, Cheetham anciently constituted a thegnage estate, held by tenants who paid tax to the King.[7] Cheetham during the Middle Ages formed a township in the parish of Manchester, and hundred of Salford.[7] Governance continued on this basis until the Industrial Revolution, when Cheetham and the neighbouring Manchester Township had become suffiently urbanised and integrated to warrant an amalgamation into a single district: the then Borough of Manchester, in 1838.[3] There was a Cheetham Committee of Manchester Borough Council until 1875. Cheetham continued to hold the status of a township until 1896, when, together with Beswick, Blackley, Bradford, Clayton, Crumpsall, Harpurhey, Moston and Newton, it became part of the township of North Manchester.[3][4] North Manchester was a part of the City and County Borough of Manchester.

Following the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834, Cheetham formed part of the Manchester Poor Law Union from 1841 to 1850, Prestwich Poor Law Union from 1850 to 1915, and returned to Manchester Poor Law Union in 1915 until 1930. These were inter-parish units established to provide social security.[3]

Cheetham electoral ward within Manchester City Council.

Cheetham is an electoral ward of Manchester City Council,[12] and is part of the Blackley and Broughton parliamentary constituency. Blackley and Broughton is a new constituency created in 2010, replacing the former Manchester Blackley constituency, of which the Cheetham Hill area was also included in. The current MP is Graham Stringer of the Labour Party, first representing Manchester Blackley since 1997 and now Blackley and Broughton. Winston Churchill was Liberal MP for the area early in his political career (some years before he re-crossed the floor to the Conservative Party).


Three councillors serve the ward: Julie Connolly (Lab),[13] Shaukat Ali (Lab),[14] and Naeem Hassam (Lab).[15]

Election Councillor Councillor Councillor
2004 Naeem-Ul Hassam (Lab) Afzal Khan (Lab) Martin Pagel (Lab)
2006 Naeem-Ul Hassam (Lab) Afzal Khan (Lab) Martin Pagel (Lab)
2007 Naeem-Ul Hassam (Lab) Afzal Khan (Lab) Martin Pagel (Lab)
2008 Naeem-Ul Hassam (Lab) Afzal Khan (Lab) Martin Pagel (Lab)
2010 Naeem-Ul Hassam (Lab) Afzal Khan (Lab) Martin Pagel (Lab)
2011 Naeem-Ul Hassam (Lab) Afzal Khan (Lab) Martin Pagel (Lab)
2012 Naeem-Ul Hassam (Lab) Afzal Khan (Lab) Shaukat Ali (Lab)
2014 Naeem-Ul Hassam (Lab) Afzal Khan (Lab) Shaukat Ali (Lab)
2015 Naeem-Ul Hassam (Lab) Julie Connolly (Lab) Shaukat Ali (Lab)
2016 Naeem-Ul Hassam (Lab) Julie Connolly (Lab) Shaukat Ali (Lab)
2018 Naeem-Ul Hassam (Lab) Julie Connolly (Lab) Shaukat Ali (Lab)
2019 Naeem-Ul Hassam (Lab) Shazia Butt (Lab) Shaukat Ali (Lab)

     indicates seat up for re-election.


At 53°30′14″N 2°13′51″W / 53.50389°N 2.23083°W / 53.50389; -2.23083 (53.504°, -2.231°), Cheetham is 1.4 miles (2.3 km) northeast of Manchester city centre. To the north, it is bordered by Crumpsall, to the west by Broughton in Salford, to the east and the southeast by Harpurhey and Collyhurst, and by Manchester City Centre to the south.

Cheetham Hill lies on "rising ground"[16] and is completely urbanised.[7]


Cheetham ward compared[17]
2011 UK census Cheetham City of Manchester England
Total population 22,562 503,127 53,012,456
White British 28.6% 59.3% 79.8%
White Irish 1.6% 2.5% 1.1%
White other 7.0% 4.9% 4.6%
Asian 38.8% 14.4% 7%
Black 10.6% 8.6% 3.4%
Chinese 3.0% 2.7% 0.7%
Mixed 4.8% 4.7% 2.2%
Arab or other 4.6% 3.1% 1%

The ward had a population of 22,562 at the 2011 census.[18] Its population accounted for 4.2% of the city of Manchester's in 2010.[19] In November 2011, 68.5% of residential properties were classified as private, while 31.5% were classified as social housing.[19] House prices remain below the Manchester average.[19] Cheetham is an ethnically diverse area. Cheetham Hill Road was described by the Daily Mail as "Britain's most diverse street" in 2013.[20] 2011 Census data revealed that 48% of residents did not speak English as their main language.[20] Urdu is the most commonly spoken language after English, followed by Arabic, Polish, Kurdish, Pashto, Dari, and Italian.[20]

Notable peopleEdit

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    Ordnance Survey. "Source data - 1:25,000 Scale Colour Raster; Grid reference at centre — SD 846 009 GB Grid". Retrieved 1 November 2008.
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  11. ^ Chapman, Andrew; Beabey, Keith (11 June 2006). "Tragedy of gun girl, 15". Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  12. ^ United Kingdom Census 2001 (2001). "Cheetham (Ward)". Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  13. ^ "Julie Connolly". Manchester City Council. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Shaukat Ali". Manchester City Council. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Naeem Hassam". Manchester City Council. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  16. ^ Lewis 1848, pp. 562–569.
  17. ^ "Cheetham (ward): Ethnic group, 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2014-09-03.
  18. ^ "2011 Census Cheetham dashboard". Manchester City Council. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  19. ^ a b c "Cheetham ward profile". Manchester City Council. Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  20. ^ a b c Lucy Crossley (2013-02-02). "Welcome to Britain's most diverse street! Road where half of residents speak English as a second language is home to migrants from across the globe". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  21. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Retrieved on 24 September 2008
  22. ^ "About Titanics ltd". Archived from the original on 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2007-12-15.