M26 is an area that bridges Bury Metropolitan Borough and Bolton Metropolitan Borough and includes villages such as Prestolee and Ringley and a town in Radcliffe. The postcode is populated by 34,902 people forming 15,087 households.
RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF M26
Radcliffe is a town which forms part of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury and which sits nestled between Bury, Bolton, and Whitefield. The town has been settled for a significant amount of time as there is evidence of Mesolithic Norman and Roman activity in the area. Known previously as “Redeclive” the town appears in the Doomsday Book and was at one time centred on the Church Of St Mary which is now a Grade I listed building. Cardwells have been letting houses Radcliffe since 1982.
The most significant period of growth for Radcliffe, like many towns in the north of England, was during the industrial revolution and the mining era. Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal ran directly through Radcliffe linking the mills of the region, and today the same canal is generally disused, except as a focal point in the respective towns, harking back to the town’s most significant period. Otherwise, the few remaining cotton mills in Radcliffe are used as offices and a small amount of residential accommodation.
Being a comparatively new town (relative to, for example, Ainsworth), Radcliffe’s homes are mostly, if not all, dating early 1900s or thereafter. Typically for a mill town, the grid-iron street are prominent when travelling around Radcliffe, but beyond these zones you will find a variety of modern, some ’70’s, some 90’s and some more recent development, where the town has evolved to pander to wealthier residents and keep up with neighbouring areas, particularly Whitefield and Bury.
There are, all told, 9 primary schools in Radcliffe. The most notable three, perhaps, being Radcliffe Primary, St Mary’s RC Primary, and Gorsefield Primary, however, information is readily available about all schools by the following links. Radcliffe does rely heavily on surrounding areas for secondary education, however. There are several reputable high schools in neighbouring Bury, Whitefield and Little Lever, Bolton, such as Derby High School, Bury, Elms Bank High School, Whitefield, and Little Lever Secondary School.
Radcliffe has lots of places to eat and drink in the town; among the most popular is the excellent Mediterranean restaurant “Italia Mia”, the top rated (trip advisor) Asian cuisine offered by Armaan Exquisite Indian and if you just want a cake and a tea then Irwells Bistro is for you.
Radcliffe also has excellent transport links throughout Greater Manchester. Many commuters choose to use Radcliffe Metro link station, less than a 10-minute drive from most of Radcliffe, to commute into Manchester City Centre, whilst Bury and Whitefield Metrolink stations are within about 5 miles, providing alternative routes. The nearby M60 Ring Road provides access to the wider areas of Manchester and the motorway network beyond. Main roads take you directly to Whitefield, Bury and Bolton, while Bury Old Road via Whitefield and Prestwich leads into Manchester too.
Being a town in its own right, the residents of Radcliffe benefit from a good array of leisure facilities and communal amenities. Radcliffe has its own leisure centre, with swimming facilities and gym, and a town centre with a wide array of retailers, both chain stores and independent stores. There are large supermarkets, popular restaurants and pubs, such as The Sparking Clog on Radcliffe Moor Road, and the redeveloped canal side is a lovely place to walk.
Radcliffe Borough Football Club is the principle sports club in the town, playing at the Belvoir Stadium, just off Pilkington Road. Radcliffe Cricket Club is just down the road, along with Radcliffe Junior FC. Radcliffe Borough FC also has sports facilities for public use, such as 6-a-side pitches.
Ringley is located on the banks of the River Irwell in the south-east side of Bolton is the suburban area of Kearsley. Ringley is a mostly residential area and was once the home to a large power station which was demolished and re-populated with modern homes. Cardwells have been successfully letting in Ringley for over 30 years.
Home to a several listed buildings and ancient monuments, these include the village stocks; the grade II listed Ringley Old Bridge and St Saviours Church.
The village has one of the most popular primary schools in Greater Manchester in St Saviours C.E. Primary school in Ringley. St Saviours were graded the 11thhighest achieving primary school in the country by locrating.com! With such good primary schools, it is no surprise that Cardwells receive so many enquiries for properties for sale in Ringley.
Ringley offers fun night time entertainment in The Market St Tavern and the Horseshoe Inn. For those wanting an evening meal, it’s worth checking out Stephano’s menu at the excellent Italian La Roma in Ringley. Nearby Stoneclough offers several pubs including the Grapes, The Hare and Hounds,
Having great access to both Manchester and Bolton via the road and rail network Ringley is an area where Cardwells have a lot of enquiries for properties to rent and properties to buy.
Stoneclough is located on the banks of the River Irwell on the southeast side of Bolton is the suburban area of Kearsley. Stoneclough is a mostly residential area and encompasses the villages of Prestolee and Kearsley. Cardwells have been successfully letting houses in Stoneclough for over 30 years.
Home to a several listed buildings and ancient monuments, these include the village stocks; the grade II listed Kearsley Old Bridge and St Saviours Church.
The villages both have popular primary schools in Prestolee CP primary and St Saviours C.E. Primary school in Ringley. St Saviours were graded the 11thhighest achieving primary school in the country by locrating.com! With such good primary schools, it is no surprise that Cardwells receive so many enquiries for properties to let in Stoneclough.
For entertainment, Stoneclough offers several pubs including the Grapes, The hare and Hounds, The Market St Tavern and the Horseshoe in Ringley. Having great access to both Manchester and Bolton via the road and rail networks (Stoneclough has a Kearsley Train Station which serves the area) Stoneclough is an area where Cardwells have a lot of enquiries for properties to let.
Prestolee is a small picturesque village in Kearsley which sits within the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton. One of a group of nearby villages, (including Stoneclough and Ringley), Prestolee is nearly surrounded by water as it lies between the River Irwell and the Manchester, Bury & Bolton Canal. Cardwells have been successfully letting properties in Prestolee for over 30 years.
The local primary school, Prestolee CP school is highly regarded and just one reason that Cardwells receive so many requests for properties to let in Prestolee. Next to the school is the Holy Trinity C of E Church at one time famous for being the All Saints’ Church in Weatherfield (Coronation Street), the venue for many street weddings.
Prestolee has two public houses, the Grapes and the Hare & Hounds, a number of shops and excellent transport route with easy access to Manchester via Ringley road or the motorway. Similarly, there is good access to Bolton via St Peters Way, and Kearsley Train Station has routes to Manchester, Bolton and beyond.
The schools of M26
Eating and drinking in M26
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