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Gorton is an area of the city of Manchester in North West England, southeast of the city centre. A major landmark is Gorton Monastery, a 19th-century High Victorian Gothic former Franciscan friary. According to local folklore, Gorton derives its name from Gore Town, due to a battle between the Saxons and Danes nearby. This has been dismissed by historians as "popular fancy". The name Gorton means "dirty farmstead", perhaps taking its name from the Gore Brook, or dirty brook, which still runs through the township to-day. The brook may have acquired that name because of the dirty appearance of its water, perhaps caused by discolouration due to peat or iron deposits. In medieval times, the district was a township of the ancient parish of Manchester in the Salford Hundred of Lancashire.