Rose Hill House originally stood at the highest point of a small wooded park which was laid out c1833 by Absalom Watkin. Watkin also constructed the main drive from Longley Lane. Two mid nineteenth-century lodge houses of Italianate design marked the edges of the Watkin estate. The main drive terminated in a balustraded viewing platform opposite the entrance to the house which overlooked a tree-filled valley of what is now known as Rose Hill Woods. The Woods have been owned by Manchester City Council since just after WW1 and are open to the public. Since the formation of the Friends Of Rose Hill the majority of the additions to the woods (paths, fences, benches etc) have been coordinated through the Friends group.
A flooded woods basin in March 2022
The woods are also home to a commemoration stone erected by Sir Edward in honour of his father. It was overgrown, neglected and almost inaccessible. Our year of Heritage Lottery Funds in 2018 allowed the Friends Of Rose Hill to re-open this part of the woods with pathways and railings leading to the memorial stone and through the woods.
The Watkin Memorial Stone being examined in 2015
The Memorial Stone in 2019 with new railings and information lectern.
Rose Hill House is located off Longley Lane, Northenden at 50A, Bronington Close, Manchester, United Kingdom. The entrance to the woods is on the right of the Sharstone.
Postcode: M22 4YG off Longley Lane What 3 Words: ///combining.tent.kind Lat: 53.40152 Lon:-2.24936