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Population 14,518 (2011)
OS grid reference SD877021
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district M40
Dialling code 0161
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
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Greater ManchesterCoordinates: 53°30′56″N 2°11′05″W / 53.515637°N 2.184762°W / 53.515637; -2.184762

Moston is a district of Manchester, in North West England, approximately 3 miles (5 km) north east of the city centre. Historically in Lancashire, Moston is a predominantly residential area, with a population of 14,518 at the 2011 census and an area of approximately 1,300 acres (5.3 km2).


The name Moston may derive from the Old English words moss and ton, where moss usually referred to a place that was mossy, marshy or peat bog, and ton signified a town or settlement. The area of White Moss still retains these characteristics.

Historical records of Moston date back as far as 1301 where the earliest historical archives are of a charter from the Lord of the Manor of Manchester, Thomas Grelle.

Although in 1320 Moston was called a hamlet of Manchester, in some deeds is it spoken of as lying within the township and parish of Ashton-under-Lyne. That the lords of Ashton had in early times rights in Moston also is shown by a fine of 1195, from which it appears that on a division Robert son of Bernard had Moston.

By the 14th century, Moston consisted of both untamed countryside and agricultural settlements. In the 16th century the area saw the introduction of the linen treatment industry, with the washing and bleaching of the fabric boosting the economy throughout the area. Moston went on to become an integral part of the northern sector of Cottonopolis during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Moston Mill Print Works, which was on the junction of Williams Road and St Mary’s Road, closed in 1848. Spring Valley Dye Works was sited in the area to the west to what is currently known as Lancaster Club. Extracting sand and clay from the local pits was another important industry alongside the brick works in Newton Heath. The area around Belgrave Road is known to local residents as the "White Stuff" or the "White Hills", in reference to the brickworks’ waste that formed steep and unstable hills alongside the brook. These hills were reprofiled during landscaping works carried out in the early 1980s.

Increased population levels in the area resulted in the need for an increased number of residential developments.


Moston is located above the midpoint of the Greater Manchester Urban Area, 3.2 miles (5.1 km) north east of Manchester city centre. To the north, Moston is bordered by Blackley, to the west by Harpurhey, to the east by Failsworth and by Newton Heath and Monsall to the south.

The town is built on a mixture of Bunter sandstone and Manchester marl (clay) that is Permo-Triassic in origin. The area is underlain with middle coal measures (mainly Carboniferous Westphalian B).

During the search for mineral deposits, geologists discovered that there was a geological fault (known as the Moston Fault) which runs between Clayton Bridge and Alkrington.


Broadhurst Park was opened in 1920 and provides a range of activity opportunities and community events, including football. The park provides green space within the Irk Valley corridor. Broadhurst Park and Field stage summer funfairs and summer sports activities for children.

The majority of the site is open grassland and includes a landscaped area. The north of the park is home to recreation and community events, while the south contains woodland.

Recent drainage improvements to the football fields have greatly increased the biodiversity significance of the neighbouring Broadhurst Clough area, where the open water is home to a wide range of wildlife.

Nuthurst Park is a community park located on Nuthurst Road and has a children's playground, 5-a-side pitch, tennis court and basketball courts.

Hough Hall is the oldest building in the Moston area and is situated on Hough Hall Road. The Hall was listed as a Grade II listed building on 3 October 1974 and was erected in approximately the 16th-17th centuries.


Moston Station Peter-Whatley
Moston railway station

Moston railway station is an unmanned railway station and is located off Hollinwood Avenue in New Moston. Since the closure of the Oldham Loop Line in 2009, all trains calling at the station are on the Caldervale route managed by Northern. The area is also served by Newton Heath and Moston Metrolink station, part of the Manchester Metrolink light rail service.

Like many areas in Manchester, Moston is served by buses, primarily along Moston Lane directly to and from Manchester city centre. Bus routes directly to Manchester city centre include 51, 81, 88, 112, 118, 77, 24, 182, 114, 81A 149 and 188. Bus routes from Moston also go directly to Middleton, Pendleton, Failsworth, Oldham, Cheetham Hill and Chadderton. The bus routes are managed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the Bluebird Bus and Coach company.

The road links in the area allow for easy transit to all of the surrounding districts and cities with the main thoroughfares being Broadway which is technically part of New Moston, Lightbowne Road and Victoria Avenue. The M60 is an orbital motorway which surrounds the majority of the Greater Manchester and access can be gained onto it via Junction 21 on Broadway.

Religious sites

Religion Percentage of
Christian 70.4%
No religion 19.6%
Not stated 6.1%
Muslim 2.6%
Hindu 0.5%
Buddhist 0.4%
Sikh 0.2%
Jewish 0.1%
Other 0.2%
Manchester martyrs cross
The monument in St Joseph's Cemetery in memory of the Manchester Martyrs.
Church Religion/Denomination Leader Reference
St Chad's Church of England
St John's Church of England
meeting at St John's Christian Way of Life Archbishop Doyé Agama and Reverend Helen Agama
St Luke's (Lightbowne) Church of England Reverend John O'Connor
St Mary's Church of England Reverend Matthew Calladine
St Dunstan's Roman Catholic Father David Featherstone
St John Vianney's Roman Catholic Father Brian Seale
St Margaret Mary's Roman Catholic Canon Kevin O'Conner
Chain Bar United Methodist Free Reverend L Bishop
Moston (Streetfold) United Methodist Free Reverend Margaret Mwailu  ????
St Mary's Road Methodist New Connexion
Eastwood Road Full Gospel Pastor David Hughes
Lightbowne Evangelical
Moston (Church Lane) Spiritualist Mrs A. Graham
Deeper Life Bible Deeper Life Pastor Dele Adewunmi

The oldest church which is still in use within is Streetfold Methodist Church which was founded in 1825. In 1907 the United Methodist Free Church merged with the Methodist New Connexion and the Bible Christians to form the United Methodist Church. In 1932, there was a further union in Britain (the 1932 Methodist Union), in which Primitive Methodists, Wesleyan Methodists and United Methodists came together as the Methodist Church.

Roman Catholic churches in Moston fall under the control of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford whilst the Anglican churches, the Anglican Diocese of Manchester. Statistics state that Moston is not as religiously diverse as some other areas of Manchester.

St Joseph's Cemetery (commonly known as Moston Cemetery) which opened in 1875, stretches out over a wide sloping site and is one of Manchester's principal Roman Catholic cemeteries.

The Alexian Brothers Care Centre is a dual registered care home providing long-term care for older people requiring residential support and nursing care. The current building was completed in 1992 to replace the original hospital of the Alexian Brothers. The home is set within mature gardens in a secure, gated development.

The Alexian Brothers is a religious institute, originating in Belgium in the 14th century and has been closely involved with care of the elderly in the local community since first settling in Manchester in 1875. This work has continued on the same site in Moston since 1884.

The Hospital Management Trust assumed responsibility for the operational management of the Care Centre in January 2006 in response to the Brothers need to step back from front line management.

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