About Urmston

Urmston is a great place to live, work and play!!


The area generally referred to as Urmston is locally considered to be most of the M41 Post Code area, comprising of the parts of Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme which are contained in the triangle formed by the River Mersey, Manchester Ship Canal and M60 Motorway.

Urmston probably dates back to Norman times and remained a predominantly rural farming community until the coming of the second Manchester to Liverpool rail link.  The oldest housing within the area dates back to the early 1700’s although there is one property  in the area that unofficially dates back to the 1500’s. During the Victorian and Edwardian eras Urmston was growing rapidly and the village centre of Urmston was starting to take shape.

As a result of the Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC) railway company opening Urmston and Flixton Stations in 1873 the Urmston area became a sought after commuter dormitory for workers in Manchester city centre, a role which it still occupies to this day.


Following the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894 and the subsequent development of Trafford Park as the world’s first industrial park, many additional residents were attracted to Urmston’s leafy suburbs and affordable properties.
The art-deco era saw another rapid increase in housing within the area and the growth continued through the 1930’s. The popular ‘Canterbury Road’ estate, built by Albert Locke still proves to be some of the most sought after houses around with the same design being copied by numerous other builders within the area.

Following the Local Government Act of 1972, Urmston became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, in the newly created Greater Manchester County in 1974.

Although it is most definitely suburbia, because it is cut-off from the rest of Greater Manchester by the River Mersey, Manchester Ship Canal and M60 Motorway, Urmston has the feel of a large village where everybody seems to know everybody else and up to four generations on the same family still live here.


Demographically the area has a high percentage of older people and also families with young children, who are attracted to the area by the excellent schooling provided in Trafford.

The town is currently centred on the Eden Square development with Phase 1 opening in 2009 and Phase 2 in 2012 with a number of older surrounding shopping streets.  Urmston offers a vibrant mix of independent, family-run businesses and popular high street retailers with a fantastic choice of specialist independent businesses.  There is also an excellent health and beauty offer in the town from hairdressers and beauty salons to nail bars and dental surgeries..

Urmston is booming at present and vacant Retail Premises are hard to find but new businesses are always welcomed and encouraged.


Recently Urmston has developed a strong Evening Economy with Food and Drink outlets thriving and clientele being attracted from an ever-widening area, Urmston seems to get more like Chorlton as each month passes.









In summer 2016 the Urmston Artisan Market opened on the first Saturday in each month on the existing Urmston Market site and now attracts large crowds every month.


Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme has never been as popular, be it the variety of property, the quality schools, the transport links or the village atmosphere we are very lucky to live in this community.

If you are interested in the history of the district a very interesting PDF document can be found on “Urmston.Net” at

More information on Urmston can also be found on the website “UrmstonTownCentre” which is maintained by Trafford Council.

For those of you who are interested in Future Developments in the area, every Monday Trafford Council every publish details of Planning Applications validated during the previous week.



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