Street names at local Stretford development, Novus by Miller Homes, have been revealed – and they will honour Manchester’s most prominent and influential women through the ages.
The first street to be revealed is Enriqueta Rylands Close, honouring the late British philanthropist, Enriqueta Augustina Rylands, who founded the John Rylands Library, in memory of her husband, in Manchester.
John Rylands library opened in 1899 and is now utilised by the University of Manchester. Hailed as being “remarkable for her time”, Enriqueta Rylands dedicated millions of pounds and around twenty years to working on the library. In thanks, she was gifted the keys to the city and was the first woman ever to receive such an honour.
The other street names at Novus will include Dodie Smith Walk, honouring the late author best known for writing 101 Dalmatians, who also grew up in Trafford.
Alison Uttley Walk, named after the British writer who scribed over 100 books including Little Grey Rabbit and who studied at Manchester University, reading physics.
The last street is Emmeline Pankhurst Drive, which pays tribute to the leader of the suffrage movement who was born in Manchester. The statue honouring Pankhurst in St. Peter’s Square was erected in late 2018 to celebrate her life and achievements for the women of the UK – the first statue unveiled in the city that pays tribute to a woman in over 100 years.
Talking about the street names, Leanne Feeley, Regional Sales Manager at Miller Homes North West, says “Manchester is a city built on an impressive and colourful history.
“With Novus, we wanted to do something special with our street names and honour those most inspirational to us. From local authors, to the very leader of the suffrage movement who was born in the city, each street name has been chosen with care and named after a woman who, at some point during her life, had a notable impact on Greater Manchester and its people.”
Located on Talbot Road near Old Trafford, Novus offers a range of stylish and versatile, yet affordable, apartments and houses.
The development encompasses a fantastic mix of two, three- and four-bedroom houses designed specifically for families, as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments suitable for young professionals.
It has breathed a new lease of life into Stretford, by regenerating the former Itron gas meter factory that has lay dormant for many years. The collection of homes will be a stone’s throw from the city centre of Manchester.
The sales centre and show home is now open by appointment only 7 days a week, 10:30am until 5:30pm. It is located on Renton Rd, Stretford, M32 0YA and you can find out more on the Miller Homes website. The public is invited to pre-book appointments online or to call 0330 162 3986 to arrange over the phone.