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. 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.
- 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".
- Martin Gittins, Smedley: The Forgotten Suburb, Bedford Falls Publications, 2018
- T. Swindells, Manchester Streets and Manchester Men, 1906
- Kennet House and The Woodlands Estate photo gallery
- A new way to Smedley Dip - Manchester's 'forgotten estate', Manchester Evening News, 2 June 2019