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By Mark on January 4, 2013
This is a post about a town and surburb of the city of Manchester known as Clayton in the North West of England. This place is quite close to the city centre of Manchester on Ashton New Road, just 3 miles east. The name Clayton comes from the Clayton family, they owned a large part of land around the area, this included Clayton Vale, through which the River Medlock flows.This river separates Clayton from neighbouring Newton Heath. It also appears that Clayton used to be under the township of Droylsden up until around 1890, this was when alterations took place around the Manchester boundary. Some of the other towns which joined Manchester around this time were Blackley, Crumpsall, Moston, Openshaw and Gorton.
Clayton became famous for being the home to Manchester United F.C. for 17 years, between 1893 to 1910. The club used to be known as Newton Heath L&YR F.C. The club played at North Road in Newton Heath from 1878 until 1893. The club then moved to a ground on Bank Street, and this was when they were in Clayton.Then in 1910, the club were to move to Old Trafford. What is quite amazinging, is that very soon after United left Bank Street stadium, it was severely damaged in a storm and the remains were demolished soon after. In 1902, the club changed their name from Newton Heath L&YR F.C to Manchester United and they have been at Old Trafford, just outside Manchester, since in 1910. Clayton was then in September 1994, to open the Manchester Velodrome and a car park on the site of Manchester United’s old stadium. Now, just 700 yards away from the original home of Manchester United in Clayton, their rival club Manchester City F.C were to move into a new 48,000-seat stadium in 2003, and this stadium is approximately one mile away from where Manchester City football club were first formed as St. Mark’s in west Gorton.
Clayton has also become known for a building called Clayton Hall, where in the 15th century, the hall on Ashton New Road, in Manchester, was hidden behind trees in a small park. This is a Grade II* listed building, and has now become scheduled as an ancient monument, and is rare example of a medieval moated site. This building was built for the Clayton Family, before they passed it on to the Byron family in 1194. The building was then sold to two London merchants, George and Humphrey Chetham, in 1620.Humphrey Chetham is famous for founding Chetham’s School and Library in the centre of Manchester. Also when the Civil War was happening the , Royalist stayed at the hall, before they were ordered to attack Manchester. Once Oliver Cromwell had died, the legend says, that he spent three nights at the Hall. And finally the building was acquired by Manchester City Corporation, in 1897 to ensure its survival.
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