Moston

Moston is a predominantly residential area of Manchester. It was historically part of the county of Lancashire, but is now under the Metropoliton Borough of Greater Manchester.

The name Moston is thought to derive from the words 'moss', as the literal meaning of being mossy, marshy or a peat bog, and 'ton' meaning town or settlement.

Moston's history is recorded as far back as 1301. In 1320, Moston was considered a hamlet of Manchester within the township and parish of Ashton-under-Lyne.

By the 1300s, Moston was an area of farming settlements and untamed countryside. In the 1500s, Moston saw the introduction of the of the linen treatment industry; the washing and bleaching of fabric boosted the economy in the area, becoming part of the northern section 'Cottonopolis' during the 1700 and 1800s.

The Moston Mill Print Works closed in 1848 and  the Spring Valley Dye Works was situated nearby; this is currently the Lancaster Club. Another integral part of Moston's industries was the extracting of sand and clay from local pits alongside the brick works in Newton Heath.

Ariel view of Moston, Manchester