The history of Brooklyn Crescent Park, by David Colman.


Under the will of George Bancroft of Cheadle, who died in 1843 or 1844, the land on which Brooklyn Crescent Park now stands and which includes the land on which some of the houses within the present Conservation Area were built, passed into the ownership of George Bancroft Withington and Charles Withington.

Under his will of 14th July 1876, Charles Withington bequeathed his estate to Ernest Withington and after his death on July 21st 1921, the Cricket Field, now Brooklyn Crescent Park passed into the ownership of Bernard Withington.

In 1929, Mary Francis Godson, a resident of number 1 Brooklyn Crescent, spearheaded a move along with a group of residents to purchase the land on a fifty fifty bases with Cheadle and Gatley Urban District Council.

It was bought from Bernard Withington, of Whitehall Road Brooklands, and George Hansford of Southport for the sum of £1,025. The amounts paid by the local residents were as follows:

When the rights to what is now Brooklyn Crescent Park were acquired by the local householders, it was conveyed to Cheadle and Gatley UDC to be kept as an open Space.  It was to be used only as “a Cricket Ground, or Tennis Courts or a Bowling Green or Public Park”.  “…no buildings other than a pavilion, tool sheds or a shelter shall be erected thereon or on any part thereof.”

From that time until the 2nd world war, it was a sports field for the use of Cheadle Primary School. During the war it was used to grow vegetables as part of the ‘dig for victory’ campaign, returning to its use as a sports field later on.

In the 1970’s, its use was changed to an urban park and it was planted with trees and shrubs, particularly azaleas and rhododendrons which make a lovely Spring display even today. The new Brooklyn Crescent Park was opened by the Chairman of Cheadle Council, Betty Johnson, in April, 1973.

The Park has been maintained by Stockport Parks Department ever since that day, but after 30 years, the park needed some serious work doing in order to restore it to its original standard.

In 2005, a groups of residents formed a “Friends of Brooklyn Crescent Park” in order to raise funds to provide an all weather path around the perimeter of the lawn and new benches and litter bins. They also secured a grant to improve the visibility in the park, felling self-seeded trees and overgrown shrubbery.

In total, the groups raised £62,000, and the completed project has ensured the future of the park as a haven of peace and quiet in the middle of a busy village. Brooklyn Crescent Park is used by young families, senior citizens, worker and shoppers from the village and people with mobility problems who can now have safe and easy access. 


Brooklyn Crescent Park is situated off Massie Street, approximately 1/4 mile south of High Street