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Trafford Toun Hall in Stretford
Stretford is located in Greater Manchester
Location within Greater Manchester
Population37,455  (2001 Census)
• Density9,158/sq mi (3,536/km2)
OS grid referenceSJ795945
• Lunnon163 mi (262 km) SSE
Metropolitan burgh
Metropolitan coonty
Sovereign stateUnitit Kinrick
Postcode destrictM32
Diallin code0161
PoliceGreater Manchester
FireGreater Manchester
AmbulanceNorth Wast
EU PairlamentNorth Wast Ingland
UK Pairlament
Leet o places
Greater Manchester
53°26′48″N 2°18′31″W / 53.4466°N 2.3086°W / 53.4466; -2.3086Coordinates: 53°26′48″N 2°18′31″W / 53.4466°N 2.3086°W / 53.4466; -2.3086

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 mile (6.1 km) tae the soothwast o Manchester ceety centre, 3.0 mile (4.8 km) sooth-soothwast o Salford an 4.2 mile (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 nor 500 long ton (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 nor 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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