Trafford Park Manchester
Found on the south side of the Manchester Ship Canal southwest of Manchester city centre, Trafford Park is an area of Greater Manchester’s Metropolitan Borough of Trafford. The site was the world's first planned industrial estate and is still the largest on the continent. Today, more than 1,400 companies operate in the park, employing more than 35,000 people.
A History of Trafford Park
Until the late 19th century, Trafford Park was the Trafford family's ancestral home. The estate was sold in 1896 for industrial development, with British Westinghouse being the first major company to relocate to the estate.
Trafford Park was a significant supplier of military products during the First and Second World Wars, supplying engines that powered fighter planes.
In the 1960s, several companies relocated operations, leading to a drop in employment until the 1987 formation of the Trafford Park Urban Development Corporation. Since then, the park has continued to expand.
Though it is an industrial estate, the park has several notable attractions. For instance, there is the Trafford Centre, which has a SEA LIFE Aquarium and the Imperial War Museum, which opened in 2002. It is also home to Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, found on the park’s eastern fringes.