Longsight Market
Longsight is located in Greater Manchester
Location within Greater Manchester
Population15,429 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSJ865965
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtM12, M13
Dialling code0161
PoliceGreater Manchester
FireGreater Manchester
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
  • Abid Chohan (Labour)
  • Luthfur Rahman (Labour)
  • Suzanne Richards (Labour)
List of places
Greater Manchester
53°27′22″N 2°12′00″W / 53.456°N 2.200°W / 53.456; -2.200

Longsight is an inner city area of Manchester, England, 3 miles (4.8 km) south of the city centre, bounded by Ardwick and West Gorton to the north and east; Levenshulme to the south; and Chorlton-on-Medlock, Victoria Park and Fallowfield to the west. Historically in Lancashire, it had a population of 15,429 at the 2011 census.[1]


Main article: History of Manchester

An ethnically and culturally diverse area, for many years, Longsight has been plagued by gang related violence, similar to that of nearby Moss Side.[2] Most of the violence came from tensions between two rival gangs which fought "turf wars" with each other since the 1990s, resulting in many shootings and several deaths. The Gooch Gang, from neighbouring Moss Side, were jailed in 2009,[3] Consequently, gun crime in Greater Manchester as a whole has fallen dramatically, from a high of 120 gang-related shootings in 2006 to just 16 in 2011.[4]


Longsight electoral ward within Manchester City Council.

Longsight has been in the parliamentary constituency of Manchester Gorton since boundary changes in 1983. The seat has been represented in Westminster by since June 2017 by Afzal Khan[5], the former Lord Mayor of Manchester.


The area is represented on Manchester City Council by three councillors, currently Abid Chohan,[6] Luthfur Rahman[7] and Suzanne Richards.[8] Abid Chohan was initially a Lib Dem councillor but defected to Labour ahead of the local council elections in 2010.[9]

Election Councillor Councillor Councillor
2004 Mohammed Sajjad (Lib Dem) Abid Chohan (Lib Dem) Liaqat Ali (Lib Dem)
2006 Maryam Khan (Lab) Abid Chohan (Lib Dem) Liaqat Ali (Lib Dem)
2007 Maryam Khan (Lab) Abid Chohan (Lib Dem) Liaqat Ali (Lib Dem)
2008 Maryam Khan (Lab) Abid Chohan (Lib Dem) Luthfur Rahman (Lab)
2010 Suzanne Richards (Lab) Abid Chohan (Lab)[9] Luthfur Rahman (Lab)
2011 Suzanne Richards (Lab) Abid Chohan (Lab) Luthfur Rahman (Lab)
2012 Suzanne Richards (Lab) Abid Chohan (Lab) Luthfur Rahman (Lab)
2014 Suzanne Richards (Lab) Abid Chohan (Lab) Luthfur Rahman (Lab)
2015 Suzanne Richards (Lab) Abid Chohan (Lab) Luthfur Rahman (Lab)
2016 Suzanne Richards (Lab) Abid Chohan (Lab) Luthfur Rahman (Lab)
2018 Suzanne Richards (Lab) Luthfur Rahman (Lab) Abid Chohan (Lab)
2019 Suzanne Richards (Lab) Luthfur Rahman (Lab) Abid Chohan (Lab)
2021 Suzanne Richards (Lab) Luthfur Rahman (Lab) Abid Chohan (Lab)

  indicates seat up for re-election.   indicates councillor defected.


Much of the housing stock of Longsight consists of red-brick terraced houses

Previously known as Grindlow Marsh, it was incorporated into the City of Manchester in 1890. The district is bordered by Ardwick to the north, Rusholme to the west, Levenshulme to the south, and Gorton to the east, defined by Hyde Road, Grey Street, Stockport Road, Plymouth Grove, Daisy Bank Road, Pine Grove, Merwood Grove, Ash Grove, Longford Pl, Ayton Grove, Laindon Rd, Curzon Ave, Richmond Grove, Hathersage Road, Anson Road, Dickenson Road, Beresford Road, Old Hall Lane, Stockport Road, East Road, Pink Bank Lane, Nutsford Vale, Buckley Road and Mount Road. The old Roman road to Buxton (the A6, Stockport Road) bisects the area.


Further information: Demography of Greater Manchester

Longsight has a very ethnically diverse population.[10] According to the 2011 UK census, 72.9% of the population is from non-white ethnic groups, a 20% increase over the 2001 figure of 52.7%.[11][12] This includes 55.3% who describe themselves as South Asian or South Asian British (including 35.7% Pakistani, 11.4% Bangladeshi); and 9.7% Black or Black British.[11] The largest religious group is Muslim with 53.8% of the population, compared with the 2001 figure of 34.7% Muslim and 38.6% Christian.[13] 7.0% of the population declined to state a religion, with 12.7% stating no religion.[13][14] The census tended to underestimate immigrant communities,[15] and it is likely that these groups in Longsight were underestimated and are now proportionately larger.[needs update]

There are a number of places of Worship in the area, including a large Pakistani community centre, a Jain temple, the Russian Orthodox Church of the Pokrov, Saint Agnes' Church, Bethshan International Church, and the British Conference of The Church of God (Seventh Day).

Census table

Ethnic group 2011 Percentage[11] 2001 Percentage[12]
White; British 21.5% 39.9%
White; Irish 2.0% 4.3%
White; Gypsy or Irish Traveller 3.0% 6.0%
White; Other White 3.1% 3.1%
Mixed; White and Black Caribbean 1.5% 1.7%
Mixed; White and Black African 0.6% 0.7%
Mixed; White and Asian 1.3% 1.4%
Mixed; Other Mixed 0.8% 0.7%
South Asian; Indian 2.9% 2.7%
South Asian; Pakistani 35.7% 24.6%
South Asian; Bangladeshi 11.4% 7.2%
Asian; Chinese 1.9% 1.6%
Asian; Other Asian 3.4% 1.7%
Black; African 5.1% 3.7%
Black; Caribbean 2.7% 4.4%
Black; Other Black 1.9% 1.0%
Other; Arab 1.8% n/a
Other; Any Other Ethnic Group 1.9% 1.3%


Longsight Market 2008

The main shopping centre is near the corner of Stockport Road and Dickenson Road, and contains a library and supermarkets as well as many smaller shops. Longsight Market, one of the busiest markets in the North West of England[citation needed], is located on Dickenson Road. It can be easily spotted by its brightly coloured profiled roofs. The market hosts a general market every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and a second-hand market every Tuesday and Thursday. There are a large number of takeaway food shops and restaurants and a very wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables and other supplies to cater for the interests of the various immigrant communities in the area.

Architecture and housing

Former First Church of Christ, Scientist by Edgar Wood
Slade Hall

The area of Longsight contains many of the notable buildings of Victoria Park. Daisy Bank Road is a particularly good example, featuring Edgar Wood's Grade I listed First Church of Christ, Scientist and the Edwardian art nouveau Chadlington House, as well as the residences of Charles Hallé and Emmeline Pankhurst. Pankhurst's family house is also situated on the edge of Longsight at Plymouth Grove.

Larger Victorian period properties are predominantly clustered around the leafy western parts of Longsight, an area informally known as Westpoint.[16] Many grand Victorian villas can also be found overlooking Crowcroft Park in the most southern part of Longsight.

Situated on Stockport Road near the main market of Longsight is Longsight Library. Run by Manchester City Council, it provides services such as borrowing books, adult education services and a child homework centre. Great measures have been taken to make the architectural view of new Longsight Library building aesthetically pleasing.

The Apollo Theatre, Longsight Market, Noman Newsagents, Crowcroft Park and new Longsight Library are the important places in the Longsight area.



A spur of the West Coast Main Line passes through Longsight, which is located between Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport.

The area was once served by Longsight railway station, but this was closed in 1958. The nearest station is now at Levenshulme, which provides local Northern stopping services between Manchester, Stockport and locations in Cheshire. Ardwick station is also situated nearby, on the Hope Valley line, but has a threadbare service.

Longsight Electric TMD and Longsight Diesel TMD service trains for Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, Northern and TransPennine Express. A plan to house Eurostar trains at Manchester International Depot was abandoned in the 1990s.

The earliest railway works was set up in 1842 by the Manchester and Birmingham Railway (M&BR). Little is known about its early history, except that it produced fifteen single wheeler passenger engines to a design by Sharp Stewart and Company. In 1846, the M&BR was amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) under John Ramsbottom. One 0-6-0 was produced in 1858, but then the works closed down as the LNWR transferred its operations to Crewe. The Longsight steam locomotive depot provided engines for express trains to London and elsewhere, and for local passenger trains.


Bus services in the area are provided by Stagecoach Manchester. The 192, according to Stagecoach, is the busiest bus route in Great Britain, with around 9 million passengers carried annually. The service runs every 5–10 minutes daily until the late hours.

The following routes serve Longsight:


The A6, which connects Carlisle with Luton, passes through Longsight; it connects the suburb with Stockport and Manchester city centre.

Notable residents

Cultural references

Longsight was immortalised in song by local singer Ian Brown formerly of the Stone Roses on his album Solarized. The song was titled "Longsight M13" reflecting the postcode of the area, which begins with M13. Graffiti appeared locally saying 'Stone Roses RIP' when the band split up, and 'Free Ian Brown' when he was jailed.[25] The song was written with Brown's former bandmate, guitarist Aziz Ibrahim, who still lives in Longsight.[26] Brown also mentions the area in the Stone Roses song "Daybreak" which contains the line "From Atlanta, Georgia, to Longsight, Manchester".

See also


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  3. ^ "Gooch Gang members will be sentenced for bringing 'murder and mayhem' to Manchester". The Telegraph. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Manchester gang-related shootings decline". BBC News. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Afzal Khan MP". parliament.uk. UK Parliament. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Abid Chohan". manchester.gov.uk. Manchester City Council. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Luthfur Rahman". manchester.gov.uk. Manchester City Council. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Suzanne Richards". manchester.gov.uk. Manchester City Council. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  9. ^ a b Staff writer (18 April 2010). "Lib Dem councillor defects to Labour Party". Manchester Evening News. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Central Manchester: Background Information and Ethnic Profile". Race for Health. Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2006.
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  12. ^ a b "Ethnic Group, 2001; Area: Longsight (Ward)". Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. 9 November 2004. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Religion, 2011; Area: Longsight (Ward)". Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Religion, 2001; Area: Longsight (Ward)". Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
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  20. ^ "Swimming the Channel: Between the wars". Dover Museum. Archived from the original on 30 September 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2007.
  21. ^ Sadler, David. "David Sadler: Longsight lad Danny Welbeck shows Carlos Tevez how it should be done", Manchester Evening News, 29 September 2011. Accessed 3 September 2013.
  22. ^ "The making of Wes Brown", The Independent, 25 October 2008. Accessed 3 September 2013.
  23. ^ Deborah Haile (13 February 2006). "Student off to Hogwarts - again". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
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  26. ^ "Aziz Ibrahim's Biography". Aziz Ibrahim. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2007.