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Where in the world is Bailey’s Wood?

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It’s a fair enough question. Bailey’s Wood isn’t the most famous piece of woodland, and up until recently its name didn’t even appear on Google Maps (it was just an unnamed splodge of green). Even some people who live quite close to the woods don’t know its name or its history!

Bailey’s Wood is a patch of woodland in Blackley, North Manchester. It borders Booth Hall (the former hospital site, now a new housing estate), the Crosslee estate, Dam Head, and towards Rochdale Road. There’s an entrance to the woods on Grange Park Road, on the opposite side of Charlestown Road to the Boggart Hole Clough car park, and there’s another entrance on Lander Grove. There’s also access from Earby Grove, Ranby Avenue, and from the path that skirts the woods at the back of Dam Head Drive.

The woods are now one of Manchester’s remaining semi-natural ancient woodlands, though they now also encompass former farmland and reclaimed urban greenspace (including a former factory site). You can read more about the site and its history here.

Creative Writing Winter 2021

In Winter 2021, we posted another series of Bailey’s Wood-inspired daily creative writing prompts on our social media. These prompts were created by Hannah Kate, writer-in-residence at Clayton Hall, Manchester. Our woods have a historical connection to Clayton Hall: Bailey’s Wood was once part of the Blackley Deer Park, the hunting ground of the Byron family who had their home at Clayton Hall.

Here are the five daily writing prompts. Hope they inspire your imagination!

BHC & BW Heritage Talk on Boggart Folklore

We’re pleased to announce our first Boggart Hole Clough & Bailey’s Wood Heritage event. On Thursday 25th November, we’ll be welcoming Dr Ceri Houlbrook to give a talk on Boggart Folklore and Stories. This is a free event, and it will be held at the Whitemoss Centre on Southdown Crescent. The talk will start at 7pm, and it would be great if you could RSVP by emailing us or letting us know via our Facebook page so we know how many people to expect.

We’re looking forward to announcing more heritage talks and activities in 2022, so keep your eye out for them!

Creative Writing Summer 2021

In Summer 2021, we posted another series of Bailey’s Wood-inspired daily creative writing prompts on our social media. These prompts were created by Hannah Kate, writer-in-residence at Clayton Hall, Manchester. Our woods have a historical connection to Clayton Hall: Bailey’s Wood was once part of the Blackley Deer Park, the hunting ground of the Byron family who had their home at Clayton Hall.

Here are the five daily writing prompts. Hope they inspire your imagination!

Creative Writing Spring 2021

In Spring 2021, we posted a second series of Bailey’s Wood-inspired daily creative writing prompts on our social media. These prompts were created by Hannah Kate, writer-in-residence at Clayton Hall, Manchester. Our woods have a historical connection to Clayton Hall: Bailey’s Wood was once part of the Blackley Deer Park, the hunting ground of the Byron family who had their home at Clayton Hall.

Here are the five daily writing prompts. Hope they inspire your imagination!

Creative Writing Spring 2020

In Spring 2020, we posted some Bailey’s Wood-inspired daily creative writing prompts on our social media. These prompts were created by Hannah Kate, writer-in-residence at Clayton Hall, Manchester. Our woods have a historical connection to Clayton Hall: Bailey’s Wood was once part of the Blackley Deer Park, the hunting ground of the Byron family who had their home at Clayton Hall.

Here are the five daily writing prompts. Hope they inspire your imagination!