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SHARSTON is an area of Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe
, a district of south Manchester
Manchester
, in North West England
North West England
. The population of Sharston
Sharston
Ward taken at the 2011 census was 16,754.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Sharston
Sharston
Hall

* 2 Public services * 3 References * 4 Bibliography

HISTORY

Built on former farming land (as was most of Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe
when the estate was first being built in the 1920s), the area was initially mostly industrial, with Sharston
Sharston
Industrial Estate containing a post office (with an area sorting office ), a dairy , a Bisto factory, and various other businesses.

Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe
Bus Garage was built in Harling Road off Sharston
Sharston
Road in 1942 by Manchester
Manchester
Corporation Transport Department to house and service 100 double deck buses used on routes to and from the expanding housing estates. It still exists in other use and is a listed building. Northenden railway station was located just off Sharston Road until its closure in late 1964.

However, more recent boundary changes in the Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe
district now consider Sharston
Sharston
to cover a considerable portion of residential housing along Wythenshawe's east side. The industrial estate consists of sectors named after letters of the Greek alphabet. The Beta sector was once the home of the Ramsees Piso Bush Jam factory. This building later became the headquarters of Jam Factory Records who kept most of the original plant machinery to make speciality jams to promote album releases.

A large public swimming baths was opened in the area in March 1961 that was, at the time, Manchester's largest pool (32 metres) and also had multi-level diving facilities. The pool was often used for spectator events with seating for over 800 people. Sharston
Sharston
once had its own shopping parade, built in the 1930s on Altrincham Road (next to the junction of Mullacre Road), but this was demolished in early 1973 when the M56 motorway
M56 motorway
' Sharston
Sharston
bypass' was built through the area (where the M56 connects to the nearby southern section of the M60 motorway ). A new shopping precinct was built directly behind the swimming baths on Sharston
Sharston
Green to replace the soon-to-be demolished shops on Altrincham Road. The new precinct, which opened in early 1973 just before the demolition of the old shops, contained over twenty shops and a bank, as well as new premises for the Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe
Labour Club public house (relocated from Greenwood Road) which was opened by former Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Harold Wilson
in February 1973. However, the new Sharston
Sharston
Green shopping precinct suffered from poor trading from the outset and was often referred to in the local press as a "white elephant " which had been badly planned in all respects. By the 1980s, most of the premises were being used for small businesses rather than shops and many premises were empty altogether. In November 1990, Manchester
Manchester
City Council closed the swimming baths as part of a series of cost-cutting measures. In May 1991, the vacant and now heavily vandalised building was targeted by arsonists. Businesses continued to leave the Sharston
Sharston
Green precinct, and in April 1994 the once-popular Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe
Labour Club closed with debts totaling £100,000. Less than two weeks later, arsonists set fire to the abandoned building. The entire precinct, including the baths, was eventually demolished and the land has since been used for new housing developments. Several pedestrian subway tunnels that linked the area under the busy main roads have now been closed off and replaced with various pelican crossings .

Two high schools were also situated in the area, Sharston
Sharston
High School (which later became South Manchester
Manchester
High School - upper) on Altrincham Road, and St. Augustine's Grammar School (which became St. John Plessington RC High School in 1977 and then St. Paul\'s RC High School in the 1980s) which was situated on Stancliffe Road. Of the latter school's more notable alumni are Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke of the band The Smiths
The Smiths
, who were pupils there from 1975—80. Both schools closed in the 1980s and were demolished. The ground where they stood was used for new housing developments, though part of the ground where St. Augustine's stood has also been used to extend Hollyhedge Park which now stretches for almost half a mile from Hollyhedge Road to Altrincham Road.

SHARSTON HALL

Sharston
Sharston
Hall (from which the area gained its name) was a large house that was situated on Altrincham Road. Built in 1701, it was the home of the Worthington and Egerton families for generations before being sold to Manchester
Manchester
Local Authority in 1926, as was the smaller adjoining Victorian property, Sharston
Sharston
Manor. The hall was no longer tenanted after 1970 and quickly fell into disrepair. By 1972, it had endured a fire and considerable vandalism after plans to put a youth club in the building proved unsuccessful. Over the course of the next decade, various plans to turn the building into residential flats, offices, a restaurant or even a hotel all failed. By 1983 the building had partially collapsed with some masonry from the roof falling onto Altrincham Road. It was eventually demolished a couple of years later (the equally vandalised Sharston
Sharston
Manor had also been demolished) and a new commercial office building, built in a Georgian style , was completed on the site in 1986 along with a new housing development (Grosvenor Gardens). The office building currently houses a private medical clinic. The grounds behind the hall included a small woodland area which led onto Shenton Fields (informally known as "Shent's Fields"), a large recreational field that ran up to the border of neighbouring Gatley
Gatley
in Stockport
Stockport
. Although some of the woodland area still stands, the playing fields were turned into an industrial area ( Sharston
Sharston
Green Business Park) which was completed in 2001 and contains several large warehouses and business premises.

PUBLIC SERVICES

Sharston
Sharston
is policed by the Wythenshawe
Wythenshawe
Neighbourhood Policing Team, part of the South Manchester
Manchester
Division of Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester
Police .

REFERENCES

* ^ "City of Manchester
Manchester
ward population 2011". Retrieved 5 January 2016. * ^ Butt, p. 173 * ^ Flethcher, Tony (2012). A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths. Random House . ISBN 978-0434022182 .

BIBLIOGRAPHY

* Butt, RVJ. The Directory of Railway Stations. 1995. Patrick Stephens Limited. Sparkford, England. ISBN 1-85260-508-1 .

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