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    Red face Gorsey Bank estate, Stockport

    Tucked back onto the bank of the river Mersey is a expanse of land which has been a ghost estate for the last 15 or more years.

    All that remains are street light stumps and the roads. if you look hard enough in the heart of the old estate possessions still remain.

    Gorsey bank was once a sought after estate to live in, a tight community with good people. in the 70s-early 80's travellers found it a refuge as the road in was the road out and a foot bridge that spanned the River Mersey as it was a good gettaway on foot. They took home on the fields on the bank and Good people moved out of the houses. Council then moved he not so good people in untill in all the houses were the ruff people. In the late mid 80's the council tried to evict people to make it a nice housing association estate as they saw there error. They didn't succeed. Late 80's they evicted with a demolition order. All the houses were demolished one by one as they came empty. The last remaining residents and houses flattened in 1992. yes that's how long it took for them all to be removed.

    Over the years stories of buried drugs, cash and other loot, ghosts and strange happenings. This actually stopped travellers from resting there when it was derelict. You can see where the barricade has been placed to stop the travellers but we all know that if they want to, they will. Why dont they? many people ask as its a HUGE piece of land which at the moment is doing nothing. many stories are around from why they choose not to settle.

    Dave and I went for a walk round the old estate over the weekend, the atmosphere is heavy laden with emptiness, the only thing living there now are cats and now wild garden plants. We took photos as we walked around.

    This is the main road into the state. The river to the right and houses and roadlets to the left. The footpaths of the road are only accessible at some points, now totally overgrown. only a small part of the middle of the road is walkable.





    A view from the start of the main road. To the right is the path to the footbridge. To the left would have been houses.



    A little roadlet, ending in what would have been side gardens of the houses on the other side.



    The demolition team didnt finish here, stories were they got the spooks. Nobody questioned them and they just left what was there with no cleanup operation.



    Down into the heart of the estate, we couldnt go any further as the road was black with old burned out tyres. To the left is the field in which the travellers settled. To the right are the remnants of the houses which would have been the most wanted. The view of the field and also the river (back then you could see it more).



    Even the tree's are starting to give up living here, this would have been alot smaller and situated in a front garden.



    I have been through here many many times, one of the times. your going to say yeah right BUT one of the times I was walking down the road to the heart of it and through nature I moved onto the footpath as I heard or felt a car coming down the road... i then realised a car hasn't gone down the road for the last 15 years.

    This was the old footbridge which used to carry gas and electric to the other side of the mersey. Set for demolition and removal in 2006.



    They replaced it with a new one as they always do, wider and more up to date. They said the old one wasnt safe, although as we all know the older bridges are the more sturdier. Stockport heritage say that they just want to remove all trace of the old estate. Sturdy houses and sturdy bridge, destroyed because of the councils mistake.

    This is the new bridge. i don't personally like it but that's probably because I have been using the old bank footbridge since i was a wee slip of a girl.







    A view from above on 2008 mapping on google earth.

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    Default Re: Gorsey Bank estate, Stockport

    It depends on what sort of travellers they were . Romanies are very superstitious and they may take into account that sort of story but it would have to be pretty bad and involving one of their own I would have thought .

    If it was New Age travellers then if anything I would have thought it would have attracted them to the site .
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    Hi Guys!

    First time here, but as you may guess from my username I appear on forums elsewhere...

    First of all, a big thank you to YamahaPaul for getting me set up here.

    As you can see, I live in Stockport and I wanted to do what most forum-users frown on... which is necro'ing an ancient thread.

    I tried, but could not find any reply buttons, so assumed maybe it had been locked out due to its age and the fact it appears in the graveyard?

    But.....there was a good reason!

    I wanted to make the thread more complete. The title of the thread is the same as the title I have used and it was authored by clare on 31.01.2009. It is here: http://www.midlandsheritage.co.uk/gr...stockport.html

    I have long had an interest in this poor unfortunate estate and the bit of land it is/ was perched on.

    I found clare's thread by searching various key words on Google. I figured that I won't be the only person searching for information about this ex-housing estate and that is why, if it is possible, I would like to include the following links to that thread, to make the story more complete:


    Picture before demolition in 1996:



    Panoramio - Photo of Gorsey Bank Estate prior to clearance of site

    clare says in her thread the estate was cleared in 1992. I cannot verify the date of the above photo, but, coupled with the local paper's account below, it would tally with their report that the last houses stood until 1998.

    Incidentally, I have racked my brains to try and work out where on the map these buildings would have stood. If you lived there, it's a no-brainer, but I have not been on the estate since at least a decade before it was demolished. And that was in the dark!

    But, looking at the position of the buildings and clare's Google aerial view, I reckon it could be taken from near the first bend of Wirral Crescent (that's the 3rd on the left off Gorsey Bank Road).

    What do you reckon?


    Manchester Evening News article:

    Residents of lost estate get wish - 30 years on - Manchester Evening News


    Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council plans for the land:

    http://www.stockport.gov.uk/2013/2978/8803/gorseybank1

    Rather nice that the plan is to use the land for a business park but also for recreational use and to put a tram stop in . That means also reinstating the Cheshire Line on the other side of the Mersey.


    Gorsey Bank Estate in 1968, thirty years before final demolition, as seen from the Cheshire Line, on the other side of the River Mersey:



    https://www.flickr.com/photos/loose_...n/photostream/

    Houses on Gorsey Bank Road have white washing out on their lines.

    I find it odd that residents were calling for the demolition of their own estate in 1978
    Last edited by yamahapaul; 9th October 2014 at 18:15. Reason: embedded pics

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    Quote Quote
    Hi Guys!

    First time here, but as you may guess from my username I appear on forums elsewhere...
    Hello and welcome

    Quote Quote
    As you can see, I live in Stockport and I wanted to do what most forum-users frown on... which is necro'ing an ancient thread.

    I tried, but could not find any reply buttons, so assumed maybe it had been locked out due to its age and the fact it appears in the graveyard?

    But.....there was a good reason!
    Its ok and rounds the thread up, which I've reinstated to here and makes it more interesting than I seem to remember it being

    ---------- updated ----------

    Oh, I also added your post to it

    ---------- updated ----------

    and embedded the pics
    Last edited by yamahapaul; 9th October 2014 at 18:15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yamahapaul
    Hello and welcome
    Thank you kindly!

    Quote Quote
    embedded the pics
    Thank you again!

    I did try to go back and embed them as I had forgotten, but the system told me I was outta time and needed arsie stance from a moddie type personage.

    You know, where I come from, you can edit your own posts without having to tear the mods away from their cuppa!!!

    I am planning to go for a walk down there soon. I have no idea if the plans by SMBC I posted have been or are being acted on, but if not (or even if they are) I shall take some shots and get them posted up.

    If nothing else it should show how the site has changed since clare saw it 5 years and 9 months ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by securespark
    I did try to go back and embed them as I had forgotten, but the system told me I was outta time and needed arsie stance from a moddie type personage.

    You know, where I come from, you can edit your own posts without having to tear the mods away from their cuppa!!!
    you could used to here but at one stage it got very silly with people throwing hissy fits and removing allsorts, now its a ten minute time limit I think..

    Quote Originally Posted by securespark
    If nothing else it should show how the site has changed since clare saw it 5 years and 9 months ago.
    Good god has it been that long?!
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    YamahaPaul

    Wonder if you could do me another technical favour?

    Could you superimpose the names of the estate's road on clare's Google view?

    The main road feeding the estate is Gorsey Bank Road and that runs right down to the left hand side of the picture to where there is a shadow.

    Then the road changes to Wirral Crescent which doubles back then turns second left.

    The road that links Wirral Crescent and Gorsey Bank Road is Tranmere Road.

    Then, on the other side of Wirral Crescent is Egremont Grove.

    Finally, nearest the entrance to the estate is Seacombe Grove.

    Thank you!

    Again......

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamahapaul
    Good god has it been that long?!


    I only have to look in the mirror to remind myself it's not 2009 anymore...

    Oh...or get out of a chair.

    Oh. Or bend over.

    Um. or get into a car.

    Sadly I can't be YamahaSecure. Unless you're talking about the keyboard.....

    Think I can just about breathe OK. Yeah, there we go....

    And I'm only 48. Yay! only 30 odd more years to go!!!
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    YamahaSecure???


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    Quote Originally Posted by yamahapaul
    YamahaSecure???


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    Quote Originally Posted by securespark
    YamahaPaul

    Wonder if you could do me another technical favour?

    Could you superimpose the names of the estate's road on clare's Google view?

    The main road feeding the estate is Gorsey Bank Road and that runs right down to the left hand side of the picture to where there is a shadow.

    Then the road changes to Wirral Crescent which doubles back then turns second left.

    The road that links Wirral Crescent and Gorsey Bank Road is Tranmere Road.

    Then, on the other side of Wirral Crescent is Egremont Grove.

    Finally, nearest the entrance to the estate is Seacombe Grove.

    Thank you!
    You mean like this

    I dont need anger management ... you just need to stop pissin me off !!

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