We sometimes get confused with the other Woodley, that near Hyde east of Greater Manchester (formerly Cheshire), which is the home of Woodley Methodist Church. (There is also a district of Romsey called Woodley but it doesn't have a Methodist Church.)
This page hopefully gives you a flavour of what it's like there - they were taken on a typically damp Manchester day!
The church was built earlier this century and lies on the main road. It has an under level with meeting rooms and offices and church above. There are stained glass windows in the end wall.
The Peak Forest Canal runs through the middle of Woodley, it passes under the main road next to the Methodist church.
Woodley has a small unmanned station, just on the main road east from the Methodist church. The old building is let off as offices. It is served by local trains between Manchester Piccadilly and Marple via Hyde. There is a picture of Woodley station in the days of steam (1968) at the British Steam website. At the west end of the Woodley main street is the modern Bredbury station served by different local trains with the same destinations.
Just west of the church is the Woodley shopping centre, providing a variety of local shops, and one of several local pubs, the Woodley Arms.
Oddly our local station is called Earley, as it is just in the neighbouring area, and our Woodley Arms is not in Woodley but is in the south of Reading town itself.
Page last updated 24th January 2011.