Smedley, Manchester

Smedley is an area of north Manchester, England, on the banks of the River Irk between Cheetham Hill to the west, Collyhurst to the south, Crumpsall to the north and Harpurhey to the east.[1]

In 1819, Samuel Bamford and Henry Hunt stopped at Smedley Cottage, before the Peterloo Massacre, and the Middleton contingent to the demonstration passed by it on their way into Manchester via Collyhurst Road.[2] In the novel The Manchester Man by Isabella Banks, the titular character, Jabez Clegg, is swept in infancy into the River Irk at Smedley Vale.

Theresa Yelverton, a party to the Yelverton case, lived as a child at Merryfield House, at the corner of Queens Road and Smedley Road, overlooking the Irk Valley.[3]

In the early 1930s, Kennet House, a development of modernist flats, was built in Smedley.[4] In 2019, a new footbridge across the Irk opened, linking Smedley to Collyhurst.[5]

Smedley Hotel, Smedley, Manchester - - 1185071


  1. ^ Townships: Cheetham, A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1911), pp. 259-262. British History Online, quote: "The district called Cheetham Hill is partly in this township and partly in Crumpsall and Broughton; Smedley is to the east of it, near the Irk".
  2. ^ Martin Gittins, Smedley: The Forgotten Suburb, Bedford Falls Publications, 2018
  3. ^ T. Swindells, Manchester Streets and Manchester Men, 1906
  4. ^ Kennet House and The Woodlands Estate photo gallery
  5. ^ A new way to Smedley Dip - Manchester's 'forgotten estate', Manchester Evening News, 2 June 2019

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Coordinates: 53°30′17″N 2°13′32″W / 53.50478°N 2.22546°W / 53.50478; -2.22546