Gorton was once a small town lying approximately 8 km south-east of
Manchester in Lancashire. Today, Gorton has been enveloped and is
a district of the City of Manchester. Neigbouring areas
include Longsight and Levenshulme.
A derivation of the name of the township: "About the year 920 a battle
took place between the invading Danes and the Saxons, when the former
were routed on Winning Hill. The stream running through the township
was discoloured with blood, hence the name Gore Brook, from which the
town Gore Town (Gorton) is derived." This statement is explicit and
definite and apparently fully worthy of credence. "Gore Brook" runs
through the township to-day and through the centre of Sunnybrow Park
situated between Hengist Street and Knutsford Road.
In mediaeval times the district was a township of the ancient parish of Manchester in the Salford Hundred of Lancashire.
City Football Club was founded as St. Marks (West Gorton) in 1880 by
Anna Connell and two wardens of St Mark's Church, who also worked in an
iron factory in Gorton.
The municipal borough of Manchester was
created in 1838 and elevated to a city in 1853. Part of Gorton
township was included in the city in 1890. The remaining part of the
township became an Urban District of the administrative county of
Lancashire in 1894. A small part of the urban district was transferred
to the city of Manchester in 1901 and the remaining area was fully
incorporated into Manchester in 1909.
Gorton is home to Gorton Monastery, a Franciscan, 19th century High
Victorian Gothic Monastery. Also Brookfield Unitarian Church on Hyde
Road, built by Richard Peacock.
Gorton main road with Brookfield Church at left
The main attraction for me, as the author of this Kinder family
history, is the Brookfield Unitarian Church which lies on the main road from
Gorton to Manchester. It is likely that this is the
church which was used by my Early Kinders including James Kinder and Mary Rider. It is also likely that James and Mary's first 5 children were baptised here.
Here is a street map of Gorton (I can't remember where I found this).
It shows the location of the Brookfield Unitarian Church on the south side
of the main road, just before the turn to Denton.