Northern news - Lord Keith Bradley Unveils Chorlton History Wall

10 September 2012

Chair of The Board at Christies Hospital, Lord Keith Bradley, helped make history this week when he joined ‘The Glad to be in Chorlton Group’ to unveil an 80 metre mural, depicting the town’s story through the ages, on Albany Road.

The collaborative history wall was designed by local artist Peter Topping and historian Andrew Simpson, both of ‘The Glad to be in Chorlton Group’, in partnership with retirement developer, McCarthy & Stone, who is currently redeveloping the site where Cosgrove Hall once stood.

Other local dignitaries attending the event included John Leech MP, Councillor Sheila Newman and Councillor Victor Chamberlain. Following the unveiling, an address by Lord Bradley concluded the proceedings.

Peter Topping from ‘The Glad to be in Chorlton Group’ commented: “Andrew Simpson and I have been working on our History Trail project, based at various satellite locations in Chorlton, for over a year now, and what we needed was a site that would be a focal point; it’s ‘hub’. When McCarthy & Stone offered to sponsor us for this project it was a dream come true. Eighty metres of space, for CHORLTON-CUM-HARDY THE STORY, with my paintings and Andrews stories, is an installation that will benefit the whole community.”

Eric Cruice from McCarthy & Stone added: “When we purchased the former Cosgrove Hall site on Albany Road we understood the historical significance it held locally. Partnering with ‘The Glad to be in Chorlton Group’ on this project gave us an opportunity to not only honour the history of the site but that of the town as well.”

The history wall will be displayed on the hoardings surrounding the site on Albany Road for 18 months, while the retirement developer completes construction of its Later Living development, Cosgrove Court.

To view ‘The Glad to be in Chorlton’ exhibition online, log on to, there is also a video of the opening ceremony

For further information on the 47 one and two bedroom Later Living apartments currently under construction on Albany Road, please call 0800 919 132.

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