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Coordinates: 53°27′N 2°01′W / 53.45°N 2.01°W / 53.45; -2.01

Mottram in Longdendale
Mottram in Longdendale.jpg
Mottram in Longdendale from Werneth Low
Mottram in Longdendale is located in Greater Manchester
Mottram in Longdendale

 Mottram in Longdendale shown within Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SJ9995
Metropolitan borough Tameside
Metropolitan county Greater Manchester
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HYDE
Postcode district SK14
Dialling code 01457
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Stalybridge and Hyde
List of places: UK • England • Greater Manchester

Mottram in Longdendale is a village within the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside, in Greater Manchester, England. It lies in the valley of Longdendale, on the border with Derbyshire and close to the Peak District and neighbours Broadbottom and Hattersley. Mottram in Longdendale Parish was one of the eight ancient parishes of the Macclesfield Hundred of Cheshire.

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Landmarks

St Michael and All Angels Church dates from the later part of the 15th century. The church is a Grade II* Listed Building and was built in the Perpendicular Gothic style. The interior of St. Michael's was remodelled in 1854 but the exterior remains intact from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.[1] The Church stands high up on Warhill overlooking the village of Mottram.

Sports

Mottram Cricket Club plays in the Derbyshire and Cheshire League. The club was founded in 1878.

Notable people

  • Lawrence Earnshaw (c.1707–12 May 1767) was a remarkably prolific inventor and machine-maker with considerable skill in many fields — among them gilding, engraving, painting, smithying and joinery. His masterpiece was an astronomical clock, which took seven years to make. His most significant invention, of 1753, was a machine to spin and reel cotton in a single operation but, after demonstrating its capabilities to friends, he destroyed it, fearing that it might make textile workers redundant. During his lifetime Earnshaw gained very little financial reward from his achievements and is buried in an unmarked grave in Mottram churchyard. In 1868 a memorial to him was built in an adjacent part of the churchyard. A rare example of one of Earnshaw's clocks is housed in Mottram Court House.[2][3]
  • John Chapman (1810–1877), MP for Grimsby, High Sheriff of Cheshire, JP and Chairman of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, lived in Broadbottom and promoted Mottram Library and reading room and local musicianship. During the cotton famine of the 1860s he helped alleviate the suffering of the poor by improving his estates, thereby giving considerable employment to Mottram people, and by giving food and clothing to hundreds of locals each week. A religious man, trained for the Anglican ministry, he helped restore Mottram Church, financially supported a clergyman and in Parliament defended religious education in schools.
  • L.S. Lowry, the artist who lived in Mottram from 1948 until his death in 1976. A bronze statue of Lowry seated on a bench is located next to the junction of Hyde Road and Stalybridge Road. A commemorative plaque can also be found on Lowry's former home, "The Elms" on Stalybridge Road.

Famous former residents also include Kathy Staff (aka Nora Batty from the sitcom Last of the Summer Wine) and Harold Shipman, the UK's most prolific serial killer.

Mottram air crash

A Polish pilot called Josef Gawkowski was killed on July 19, 1942 when his aircraft crashed near Mottram on a training flight from RAF Newton in Nottinghamshire. A memorial plaque commemorating the pilot is located in Mottram Cemetery.

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See also

Longdendale Bypass

References

  1. ^ Mike Nevell (1991). Tameside 1066-1700. Tameside Metropolitan Borough and University of Manchester Archaeological Unit. pp. 122, 140. ISBN 1-871324-02-5.  
  2. ^ *Lawrence Earnshaw-Manchester2002 Website
  3. ^ *Lawrence Earnshaw-Tameside Website

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