Trafford Park Village

On the corner of Village Way and Second Avenue in Trafford Park this monument stands on a grass verge behind railings.  The name of the road and the monument refer to the Trafford Park Village of which there are only a few remnants today.  After the Manchester Ship Canal was completed in 1894 an extensive system of wharves, lined with warehouses, were created at the Salford end.  The area around these docks became an obvious focus for further industrial and commercial development.  Factories, mills and warehouses were built to take advantage of the commercial opportunities offered by the new port.

The first American company to build a factory was the Westinghouse Electrical Company, founded in 1886 by George Westinghouse.  A British subsiduary of the US company, called British Westinghouse Electric Company, built a factory at a place called Water Meeting beside the Bridgewater Canal.

In addition to the factory Westinghouse built a village for his workers on the American style grid system of avenues and streets.  The community had shops, eating rooms, a dance hall, schools, a church, and a cinema.  The village can be seen in the map extract below dated 1930.

1. - Trafford Hotel 2. - St. Antony's Centre
3. - St. Antony's Presbytery 4. - St. Antony's Church
5. - Village shops
6. - Village School
7. - Village Inn
8. - Parish Church of St. Cuthbert's


If you turn off Village Way today you will find that the streets and avenues are still there, as are some of the public buildings, but for the most part the houses are gone.  Below is a visual tour of the Trafford Park Village in January 2010.

Third Avenue looking south with the Village Heritage Centre, in the St. Antony's Centre, on the right and beyond the remaining rows of shops.

Above: the Third Avenue Shops

Saint Antony's Centre

The War Memorial from the Metropolitan Vickers Factory in the Village Heritage Centre.

Across Third Avenue from the St Antony Centre stands this memorial to Marshall Stevens, who is credited with being a prime mover in the creation of the Trafford Park Industrial Estate.

St Antony's Church on Eleventh Street.  It was built as a temporary structure in 1904 but as you can see it is still there and it was reclad in green corrugated iron in 1994.

On the corner of Eleventh Street and Fifth Avenue stands the presbytery and in the garden between it and the church is what seems to be a shrine.

The Village School was built in 1914.  Since much of the village was demolished in the 70s and 80s the school closed and the building was a candidate for demolition.  The building was saved and renovated by Urban Splash creating a residential complex that was awarded a prestigious RIBA award in 1996.

Over the entrance doors at either end of the building Urban Splash retained the stone "INFANTS" sign.


They found an interesting use for the school signs for "GIRLS" and "BOYS" incorporating them into the public toilets that can be found between the two terraces of shops.

This plaque has been attached to the side of one of the shops.

"This building was formally dedicated to the Cooper family who were family traders in the village from 1906 - 1994 by Mr. Chris Cooper on Tuesday 17th October 1995, following a substantial refurbishment program by Trafford Park Development Corporation."

Above:  The former Parish Church of St. Cuthbert's

Above:  The Village Inn

This used to be the entrance into the Westinghouse - later Metro-Vicks - factory.  You can see the spot marked with an arrow on the old photograph below.

Below;  The Trafford Park Hotel - now closed and up for sale.

Close Window