Timperley, a historical part of Cheshire

Everybody knows this suburb with its lively shops and busy eateries is a pleasant place to live, but did you know it has quite a history?

People have heard of Timperley for diverse reasons: From its railway connections, to the entertainer with the papier mache head, Frank Sidebottom. The name derives from the Anglo Saxon for ‘clearing in a wood’ but both its rural origins and industrial past are now behind it and it has become an attractive suburban place to live. Fair traderThe first Timperley country fair was held in 1984 and it has become a tradition. Now, every September Larkhill becomes the centre for all kinds of rural fun from a circus workshop to brass band music and Morris dancing. There are usually around 30 stalls and the event gives local charities the chance to tell locals about their work. The addition of a Craft Show in 1991 now means there’s everything from photography to jam making to enjoy too. www.timperleycountryfair.org.ukOne of those places for famous facesWhat is it about Timperley? It’s not a celebrity enclave in the same way as other nearby districts, but former residents include Stone Roses’ Ian Brown and John Squire, comedienne and writer Caroline Aherne, Paul Hanley of The Fall and the Lovers and comic Frank Sidebottom. A rural havenOriginally this area was the market garden for Manchester as much of what is now built on was used as agricultural land until well into the 18th century. It was the Industrial Revolution that changed the area. At that time the mills of Manchester were at the height of production and pollution was a problem. Mill owners needed somewhere less polluted to live and it was to these suburbs that they turned. Altrincham, Timperley and Sale were areas relatively unaffected by this industrialisation and yet they were within easy reach of the mills on which the owners built their wealth and therefore they became ideal places to live. Boppers’ delightIt is said something called ‘boppin’ was established in Timperley. Stone Roses’ lead singer Ian Brown and fellow radical bopper John Squire started the craze back in the 80s. They could often be seen boppin’ down the road on their way to school in the morning. Boppin’ went on to dominate the dancefloors of Manchester’s various clubs during the ‘Madchester’ era.

Timperley information

Noted for……sporting activity including cricket and golf. Indeed Timperley Sports Club which provides facilities for cricket, hockey, lacrosse and tennis was named Trafford Sports Club of the Year and Greater Manchester Sports Club of the Year in 2006.

Grand designs……Altrincham Council continued to run Timperley Old Hall as a clubhouse until 1955, when it was sold to Chester’s Brewery and became the Old Hall Hotel. In May 2003 The Old Hall was bought by Hyde’s Brewery and has been converted into a Heritage Inn.

While you’re here……try a spot of stargazing with the Altrincham and District Astronomical Society, which meets at the Scout Hut on Park Road.

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