Bowden is a wealthy suburban village and electoral ward in the Altrincham area of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, in Greater Manchester, England.
The name Bowden comes from the Anglo-Saxon Boga-dun which means "bow (weapon)-hill" or "curved hill"
Bowden began to develop as a residential area in the 1840's, when the landowners of the area sold off parcels of land. The opening of Bowden railway station in 1849 provided a commuter route to the centre of Manchester, making the clean air and tranquility of Bowden Downs more attractive to developers. By the 1860's and 1870's, the 'merchant princes' had built the large houses on Green Walk, which are still a defining feature of the ward.
Since 1997, Bowden has been part of the parliamentary constituency of Altrincham and Sale West. From that time onwards it has been represented by Conservative MP, Graham Brady. This is one of the small number of seats held by the Tories in the north-west, and one of only two in Greater Manchester.
Dunham Massey is the most famous recreational facilty in Bowden. Once the home of the last Earl of Stampford, it was acquired by the National Trust in 1976. It is described as being a "Country estate including mansion with important collections and 'below stairs' areas, impressive garden and deer park."Dunham Massey, Bowden