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Brooklyn Crescent by Andrew Frazer.


Brooklyn Crescent is situated central to the busy village, today the park, surrounded by the grandure of Victorian Villas and Detached properties is a haven of peace and tranquility and is frequented daily by families, dog walkers and lunchtime workers looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy village.

 

The beautiful little park which we enjoy today hasn't always been the leafy lush Rhodedendron filled park we know today so here we hope to enlighten the reader in the parks development through the ages.


Brick Kiln Field.

Back in time when the village of Cheadle was no more than a collection of small sparadic farms and buildings the majority of the area was covered by woodlands and fields.

The Field which was later to have Brooklyn Crescent developed on was, according to the Tithe map of 1844, called Brick Kiln Field.

Archeaology studies in the 20th century have discovered evidence of a kiln within the bounderies of the park and taking into account that Cheadle has a base rock of Sandstone and clay one could assume that such a Kiln would have been used to fire the bricks for many of the buildings being built in Cheadle during the 19th century, maybe even those in the crescent itself.

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Tithe Map 1844

Early Development..

Housing development in Cheadle started with real significance following the building of two railway lines and stations in 1866 however there is evidence that the building of properties on Brooklyn Crescent may have started as early as 1861 with the building of Brooklyn Villas and Brookland Villias.

The Ordanence Survey map of 1872 shows Brooklyn Villas, The Ferns and Brookland Villas, it is interesting to note that Brooklyn Crescent was originally named as Brooklyn Rd and that  the present day Charlotte St had yet to be constructed the original Charlotte St was where Brookyn Rd is today also that Depleach Rd had not yet been named and was at that time a continuation of Massie St.

The Major development of Brooklyn Crescent took place between 1872 and 1898 with the building of the other large houses and the construction and building on of Charlotte st as we know it today.

Brooklyn Cresent Park..

The park has not always been as we see it today and over the years it has had many different uses. In the census of 1891 Mr Thomas Alcock who owned No1 Brooklyn Cresent listed his address as "No1"Cricketer's Field" an obvious clue as to the parks use back in the late 19th century.  With the building of a new school in 1907 Cheadle Primary School the field was used as a sports field for the school which continued until the outbreak of world war 2 when the field was given over for the growing of vegatables to help in the war effort. After the war the field reverted back as a playing field for the school which continued to use it up till the 1970's when it was decided to create an urban park such as we know it today.

In 2005, after years of increasing negelect it was decided by a group of local residents to form The Friends of Brooklyn Crescent Park and with the support of Stockport Council a Lottery Fund Grant and a team of dedicated residents the park has been restored to its former glory. For more information on the history of the park visit:                                                                                               cheadlecivicsociety.org/contents/en-uk/d286.html

The Residents of Brooklyn Crescent..

 Below are a collection of photographs taken in and around Brooklyn Crescent  circa1895 by Mr Thomas Alcock who lived at No1 Brooklyn Crescent.of his Family, friends and servants.


 (Click on an image to enlarge)

The Nursery Garden..

Today standing in the corner of Brooklyn crescent we find Brooklyn Place, a block of flats built in the early 1970's the land on which Brooklyn Place stands was once the gardens of No3 Brooklyn Crescent, a very large garden in which where to be found rows of Victorian greenhouse's stretching as far as Ashfield rd.

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No3 Brooklyn Crescent.

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Brooklyn Place.

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