Championing Urmston for The Local Community

About Urmston

Urmston is a great place to live, work and play, a thriving and vibrant community which is home to a wide variety of independent businesses as well as some well-known national chains.

The area generally referred to as Urmston is locally considered to be most of the M41 Post Code area, comprising of Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme and 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 area 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. Some of the most desirable properties in the area are from this period.

Following the establishment of the second Manchester to Liverpool railway link by the Cheshire Lines Committee (CLC) in 1873 and the opening of Urmston and Flixton Stations the Urmston area became a much 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 development of Trafford Park as the world’s first industrial park in the early 1900’s, many additional residents were attracted to Urmston’s leafy suburbs and conveniently located affordable properties.

The art-deco era saw another rapid increase in housing within the area and the growth continued through the 1930’s…

In 1974 Urmston became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, in the newly created Greater Manchester County.

M41 is most definitely suburbia, however as it is effectively cut-off from the rest of Greater Manchester, the area 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 it has a high percentage of older people and 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 surrounding shopping streets. The area offers a vibrant mix of independent, family-run businesses and a sprinkling of high street retailers. There is also an excellent health and beauty offer in the town from hairdressers and beauty salons to nail bars and dental studios.

The Urmston area is booming at present and vacant Retail Premises are often hard to find but new businesses are always welcomed.
Recently Urmston has developed a strong Evening Economy with Food and Drink outlets thriving and clientele being attracted from an ever-widening area.

Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme have never been as popular. Be it the variety of property, the quality schools, transport links or the village atmosphere we are very lucky to live in M41.

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