Stretford

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Coordinates: 53°26′48″N 2°18′31″W / 53.4466°N 2.3086°W / 53.4466; -2.3086

Stretford
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Trafford Toun Hall in Stretford
Stretford is located in the United Kingdom
Stretford
Stretford

 Stretford shown within the Unitit kinrick
Population 37,455  (2001 Census)
    - Density  9,158 /sq mi (3,536 /km2)
OS grid reference SJ795945
    - Lunnon  163 mi (262 km) SSE 
Metropolitan borough Trafford
Metropolitan coonty Greater Manchester
Region
Kintra Ingland
Sovereign state Unitit Kinrick
Post toun MANCHESTER
Postcode destrict M32
Diallin code 0161
Polis
Fire
Ambulance
EU Pairlament North Wast Ingland
UK Pairlament Stretford an Urmston
Leet o places
UK
Ingland

Stretford (pop. 37,500) is a toun athin the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, in Greater Manchester, Ingland. Lyin on flat grund atween the River Mersey an the Manchester Ship Canal, it is 3.8 miles (6.1 km) tae the soothwast o Manchester ceety centre, 3.0 miles (4.8 km) sooth-soothwast o Salford an 4.2 miles (6.8 km) northeast o Altrincham. Stretford is contiguous wi the suburb o Chorlton-cum-Hardy tae the east, an the touns o Urmston tae the wast, Salford tae the north, an Sale tae the sooth. The Bridgewater Canal bisects the toun.

Historically a pairt o Lancashire, durin hintle o the 19t century Stretford wis an agricultural veelage kent locally as Porkhampton, a reference tae the lairge number o pigs producit for the nearby Manchester mercat. It wis an extensive mercat gardenin aurie an aw, producin mair than 500 long tons (508 t) o vegetables each week for sale in Manchester by 1845. The arrival o the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894, an the subsequent development o the Trafford Park Industrial Estate in the north o the toun, acceleratit the industrialisation that haed begun in the late 19t century. Bi 2001, less than 1% o Stretford's population wis employed in agricultur.

Stretford haes been the hame o Manchester United Football Club syne 1910, an o Lancashire County Cricket Club syne 1864. Notable residents hae includit the industrialist, philanthropist, an Manchester's first multi-millionaire John Rylands, the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, the painter L. S. Lowry, Morrissey o The Smiths an Jay Kay o Jamiroquai.

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