Why work in Blackley?
Moving to a new job as well as relocating can be overwhelming or sometimes a frightening prospect, in addition the first days, weeks and months of employment are filled with excitement, a wealth of information and many questions.
Blackley is an area of the city of Manchester, England. Historically in Lancashire, it is 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Manchester city centre, by a meander of the River Irk. Further north is Middleton. It is crossed by a main arterial road from the city centre; Rochdale Road (A664), to Middleton.
Hexagon Tower, Blackley
Blackley is well served in terms of green space and parks, with significant open spaces at Tweedale Common, Irk Valley and Nutbank Common. Additionally;
Boggart Hole Clough
Boggart Hole Clough is a country park where many walks can be undertaken, guided or otherwise. Thanks to recent funding the park now has many leisure facilities; a bowling green, tennis and basketball courts, a boating lake and a children’s play area. It has its own permanent orienteering course and an athletics track. Visitors can enjoy family fun days in the summer and an annual firework display. There is a considerably old stone bridge across the brook running through the clough.
A Site of Biological Importance and an example of one of the country’s first Community Woodlands. Planted to commemorate the Queen’s coronation and also the local people who gave their lives in the Second World War. The area has had woodland on it since the Norman Conquest in 1066, when wild boar and deer roamed and eagles flew above. The forest is a diverse mix of woodland, grassland and wetlands, dissected by a well-established network of paths and steps. The River Irk can be seen in its most natural state, fringed by birch trees with some colonies of autumn crocus.
Heaton Park, at around 650 acres (2.63 km2), is the biggest park in Greater Manchester, and one of the largest municipal parks in Western Europe, providing some 25% of Manchester’s total green space. It is the grounds of Heaton Hall, a Grade I listed, neoclassical 18th-century country mansion. The hall was remodelled to a design by James Wyatt in 1772, and is now open to the public as a museum and events venue. Although the park is officially part of the City of Manchester, only two of a number of entrances are accessed from Blackley, on Middleton Road.
Rochdale Road (A664) in Blackley looking towards Manchester city centre
Like many areas in Manchester, Blackley is very well served by buses primarily along the main arterial routes of Rochdale Road (A664), and Cheetham Hill Road/Bury Old Road (A665) directly to and from Manchester city centre. Initially these would have been provided by the precursors to, and Manchester Carriage and Tramways Company, and currently by First Greater Manchester. Other journeys are provided by Stagecoach which took over JPT in 2014.
There are frequent Metrolink trams from Bowker Vale to and from Manchester city centre and as far south as Altrincham and as far north as Bury.
Manchester’s M60 orbital motorway is the northern boundary of Blackley.
(Either born in Blackley; or born in Manchester, and resident in Blackley)
- John Monks, Baron Monks of Blackley, former General Secretary, TUC
- Hasney Aljofree, Swindon Town footballer
- John Bradford, Protestant martyr
- Northside singer Dermo
- Stephen Bywater, professional footballer
- Howard Davies, director of the London School of Economics
- David Heyes, British politician
- Bernard Hill, actor of film, stage and television
- Jon Macken, former Manchester United and Manchester City footballer
- Bernard Manning, comedian
- Wilf McGuinness, former Manchester United player and manager
- George Chandler Perkins, artist
- Malcolm Roberts, Eurovision contestant
- Robert Bourner, Occupational Hygienist
- Roger Byrne, captain of Manchester United and one of eight players who died in the Munich air disaster of February 1958, was cremated at the local crematorium after a funeral service at Flixton parish church
- Colin Gibbins, Factory Records collector
- Crocodile Joe, reptile conservationist