A Brief History of Timperley

Timperley is a suburban village in the Trafford area, only a 5-minute drive from our local office in Broadheath!

Before the industrial revolution, Timperley was a predominantly agricultural settlement. In fact, the name ‘Timperley’ derives from Anglo-Saxon origins of ‘Timber Leah’, meaning “a clearing in the forest”.

The railways came to Timperley in the mid-19th Century. The arrival of the railways threw Timperley into popularity with the middle classes from the centre of Manchester, increasing domestic services at the same time.

Along with the improvement in transport came the development of market gardening in Timperley. It was used to transport market garden produce and commuters into the growing city of Manchester. When the boats came back to Timperley, ‘night soil’ was unloaded and it provided the manure for the farms and market gardens, producing the famous Timperley Early rhubarb.

Many of our clients and Care Professionals will know the real star of Timperley town centre is Frank Sidebottom! A character adopted by Chris Sievey, a comedian and musician in 1984 was an aspiring pop star from Timperley. Sievey, under the guise of Sidebottom, made regular appearances on North-West television, even becoming a reporter for Granada Reports. He would regularly appear on the comedy circuit and even had his own TV show. Frank Sidebottom’s fantastic shed show was first broadcast in 1992. He was a cult figure and would appear on late night music shows alongside top artists.

Sadly, Chris died in 2010 and with him took the story of Frank Sidebottom. In 2013 a statue of Frank Sidebottom was unveiled right in the heart of Timperley village.

Today, Timperley has a population of approximately 11,000 people. It is a sought-after village which is popular with commuters and families alike. That’s no surprise as just seven miles from Manchester, it offers a tranquil and convenient retreat from busy city-life with plenty of local pubs and cafes to enjoy.

It’s also home to the Larkhill Centre. Viscount Ashbrook opened the Centre in 2001. It replaced the old Red Cross building on the site opened by Viscount Ashbrook’s mother, Lady Ashbrook, in 1950. The Larkhill Centre is now home to many community events and age-friendly groups such as their Dementia Café which runs every alternate Saturday.

If you would like to see what other groups are happening in Timperley, check out our WOW Guide!

Home Instead is proud to be an outstanding home care company in Timperley and the surrounding areas. We offer an array of bespoke services with minimum 1 hour call times delivered by a dedicated team of local Care Professionals that have been matched to you. Read more about our tailored services HERE. Whether you are looking for 1-hour a week or 24-hour live-in care, our team are happy to help. Call us on 0161 506 8309 to arrange a FREE consultation!

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