High street heroes in Timperley
PUBLISHED: 00:16 05 March 2011 | UPDATED: 18:58 20 February 2013
A small village with a lot of character
Timperley is a really sought after suburb of village greens and scout huts close to the good schools of Trafford but of course, it is remembered too as the home of the man with the papier mache head, Frank Sidebottom alias musician Chris Sievey, who died last year.
Theres currently a campaign to raise 60,000 for a statue for Timperley village, as a tribute to the comedian and musician, who I can remember turning up at the opening of the first Emporio Armani store in Manchester and heard muttering eighty quid for a shirt and I cant even get it over my head.
Yes this is no ordinary suburb, but one that has been the catalyst for talent. Ian Brown and John Squire who formed The Stone Roses, Caroline Aherne and actor Roger Ashton-Griffiths are just some of those who have connections with this village.
The name Timperley has its origins in Timber Leah, the Anglo-Saxon for a "clearing in a wood". This can be used to roughly date the settlement to between the 7th and 8th centuries. The first documented mention of the township of Timperley was around 1211 when it was a predominantly agricultural settlement.
It was the Industrial Revolution that was to change the area, at that time the mills of Manchester were at the height of production and pollution was a problem. Mill owners needed somewhere less polluted to live and it was to these suburbs that they turned. Altrincham, Timperley and Sale were areas relatively unaffected by this industrialisation and yet they were within easy reach of the mills on which the owners built their wealth and therefore they became ideal places to live.
The village still retains a country-ish air with some decent pubs in the area and it even has a country fair, which has, since 1984 been held on the open ground of Lark Hill by Thorley Lane. The fair, held every September (usually the second Saturday), has a variety of art, craft and charity stalls organised by a small committee of local residents.