Chorltonville was the brainchild of two members of the congregation of the Cavendish Chapel at All Saints. James Herbert Dawson was a Manchester draper and William John Vowles a boot and shoesalesman who hailed from the south.It was their intention to provide better homes for those who lived in unsalubrious area such as Hulme and Chorlton-on-Medlock, but things did not turn out as envisaged and Chorltonville became one of the most desirable residential areas.
After the completion of Chorltonville in 1911, there were visits from the photographers of the major publishers of picture postcards. The date is 1912/13 and the privet hedges have barely started to show themselves.

All material is taken from 'Looking Back at Chorlton-cum-Hardy', by John Lloyd, courtesy of Willow Publishing, whose permission is gratefully acknowledged.

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