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GORTON, a township and a chapelry in Manchester parish, Lancashire. The township lies on the Manchester and Sheffield railway, and on the Stockport canal, 3 miles ESE of Manchester; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Manchester. Acres, 1,429. Real property, £23,030; of which £332 are in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 4,476; in 1861, 9,897. Houses, 1,813. The increase of pop. arose from the establishment of railway works, and the erection of a cotton mill. There are hat manufactories, chemical works, gum-works, a tan-yard, and a stained paper manufactory. A city gaol of Manchester was erected here in 1856; and a zoological garden is maintained in connexion with the Bellevue inn. The railway here passes 20 feet under the canal. There is a reservoir, of upwards of 70 acres, belonging to the Manchester water-works. The chapelry was constituted in 1854, and curtailed in 1865. Pop. in 1861, 7,017; in 1866, 2,490. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £150. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Manchester. The church is a brick edifice in the Doric style. There are places of worship for Independents, Baptists, Wesleyans, and Unitarians, a national school, and an excellent boarding school.
John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)
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- Trinity, Wellington St, Baptist
- Birch St, West Gorton, General Baptist
- Union Chapel, Clowes Street, West Gorton, General Baptist
- Church Lane/Cambert Lane, Congregational
- All Saints, Blackwin Street, Church of England
- Emmanuel, Blackwin St, Church of England
- Our Lady of Mercy and St Thomas of Canterbury, Mount Rd, Church of England
- St George the Martyr, Abbey Hey Lane, Abbey Hey, Church of England
- St James (formerly St Thomas), Church Lane/Cambert Lane, Church of England
- St Mark, Clowes Street, Church of England
- St Philip, Brookhurst Rd, Church of England
- St Thomas, Gorton Lane, Church of England
- Abbey Hey Lane, Abbey Hey, Methodist
- Crossley Street formerly Napier St, Primitive Methodist
- Wellington St, Primitive Methodist
- Gorton Brook, Gorton Lane, Primitive Methodist
- Gore St, United Methodist Free Church
- Hyde Road, United Methodist Free Church
- Cross Lane, Wesleyan Methodist
- Hyde Road, West Gorton, Wesleyan Methodist
- Mission, Harrop St, Abbey Hey, Wesleyan Methodist
- Mount Olivet, Mount Rd, Apostolic Church
- Hyde Road, Evangelical
- Calvary, Cross Lane, Family Church
- Highmead St, Gospel Hall
- Brookfield Church, Hyde Road, Unitarian
- Sacred Heart, Levenshulme Road, Roman Catholic
- St Francis, Textile Street, Roman Catholic
- St Francis of Assisi (Gorton Monastery) , Gorton Lane, Roman Catholic
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