Anne Howells &
Alfred Higson OBE

Music has always been at the heart of Sale. Anne, an operatic mezzo-soprano, lived in Sale from 1950 — 1968. Alfred started the Sale Choral Society and was the first freeman of the borough.

Together let’s make some sweet music!


George Best &
Samuel Taylor

Most will have heard of George Best, the Manchester United footballer from Belfast. But some might not be aware George opened his first menswear boutique on Cross Street in 1966. As well as the footballer, Samuel Taylor, the founder of Lord & Taylor, a luxury department store in the United States and the oldest department store in the country is buried in Brooklands Cemetry.


James Prescott Joule

James Prescott Joule was an English physicist, mathematician and brewer, born in Salford, Lancashire. Joule eventually spent many years living in Sale and is also buried in Brooklands. The innovator Joule was one of Sale’s most distinguished figures and gave his name to the unit of work or energy, which he was the first to quantify.


John Brogden

Brogden lived in Sale for many years and is said to have been instrumental in the building of many railway links in the area of Greater Manchester and beyond. He also built a number of houses in the area including Brogden Grove.


Laurel & Hardy

Laurel and Hardy were said to have stayed in the Brooklands Hotel in Sale when they performed in Manchester. They enjoyed the peace and quiet of the area and had the respect of the community, without being pestered by the press.