Gamesley

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Coordinates: 53°26′53″N 1°59′09″W / 53.4481°N 1.9859°W / 53.4481; -1.9859

Gamesley is a residential area within the Borough of High Peak in Derbyshire, England, west of Glossop and north of New Mills. It lies close to the River Etherow which is the boundary with Tameside in Greater Manchester.

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History

Early

Gamesley is the site of a Roman fort, Ardotalia, renamed "Melandra" in the 19th century by an amateur historian. It was one of a string of forts built along the route from Lincoln (Lindum Colonia) to Chester (Deva). It also lies on the route from Derby (Derventio) via Buxton (Aquae Arnemetiae) to Manchester (Mamucium) It was built about 108 AD in the reign of the Emperor Trajan and abandoned about 150–155 AD.

Construction of the estate

The original village of Gamesley consisted of rows of cottages inhabited by workers at the local textile mills, and it remained largely undeveloped until the 1960s, when it underwent considerable change. It was chosen as the location of an overspill estate, built by Manchester City Council. This was in order to rehouse people from decaying inner city areas of Manchester.[1] These housing areas were also built in other towns surrounding Manchester.

Gamesley staged events in July 2008 to mark its 40th anniversary since it was first built when people from Manchester began moving on to the estate[1] [2].

Culture and community

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