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The City of Salford is a city and metropolitan borough of Greater Manchester and is named after the largest settlement Salford, the city extends to the west and covers towns like Eccles, Swinton, Walkden and Irlam. They cities population is around 245,600 and administered from the Salford Civic Centre in Swinton. The parts of the city that lie to the best are highly industrialised and densely populated even though one third of the city is made up of open countryside, this is where the ancient peat bog lies known as Chat Moss.


Throughout the industrial revolution Salford in the textile industry and was granted city status in 1926. As the industry had been declining for much of the 20th century it was decided in the 90’s that Salford could be regenerated, Salford Quays is a key example of this as its now home to MediaCityUK with BBC North and Granada TV. Even thought the high rise housing blocked were demolished, skyscrapers and high rises remain a main feature of the skyline, Salford now has many tourist attractions such as Ordsall Hall, the Bridgewater Canal and the Lowry Centre. Redevelopment started in 2016 on Middlewood Locks, that will have both residential and commercial developments, and the site lies close to the Salford Central Station.



Cardishead is a suburb in the City of Salford and in 2014 had a recorded population of 10,739. It was historically part of Lancashire and is currently the most south-westerly settlement in the city of Salford.


Barton Upon Irwell

Barton-upon-Irwell is a suburban area of Salford, in 2014 is had a recorded population of 12,462. It was also historically part of Lancashire within Eccles but in 1974 Eccles joined the City of Salford.



Pendlebury is a suburban town in the City of Salford, the population of the town in 2011 was around 13,000. It was historically part of Lancashire, with its neighbouring towns Swinton and Clifton, it was also a centre for coal mining for many years and saw extensive coal extraction from several collieries until the closure of Agecroft Colliery in the 1990’s.


Salford Quays

Salford Quays is an area in Salford that is near the end of the Manchester Ship Canal, after the dockyard closure in 1982 it became one of the first and largest urban regeneration projects in the UK. Some of the notable landmarks in this area are The Lowry that stands on pier 8 surrounded by the waters of the canal and houses the Lyric Theatre, The Lowry Theatre and the art gallery with pieces from L.S Lowry and many others. The Imperial War Museum North is another landmark which is on Trafford Wharf Road also on the banks of the canal, the building design is meant to be a metaphor for a world shattered by war with its sloping ceilings and walls. The museum has three areas air, earth and water exhibitions, galleries and restaurants. Finally pier 9, which is more commonly know as MediaCityUK is a popular landmark in the area, it is home it ITV granada studios and their Coronation Street set, but also BBC have buildings here and do some of the filming for their TV shows here like The Voice when it was on BBC. MediaCityUK was developed by Peel Media as part of the Peel Group who also own the Lowry Outlet Mall that lies on pier 8 with The Lowry building.  


Swinton is a town in Greater Manchester and again was historically part of Lancashire, in 2014 the combined population of North and South Swinton was roughly 22,931. It played its part in the industrial revolution by providing coal to fuel the cotton spinning and the brickmaking industries. Bricks from Swinton were used for industrial projects that include the Bridgewater Canal. 



Walkden is a suburban town in the City of Salford and was originally in the township of Worsley. Also like many of the other towns in Salford it was a centre for coal mining and the textile manufacturing industry.



Weaste is an inner city area of Salford, there are many industrial esates in the area possibly due to the fact the A57 passes right through the town and because it lies close to the M602. Weastle is north of Salford Quays and gets its name from Old French waste meaning “common land, waste”.

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Tudor style house in Worsley on the banks of the Bridgewater Canal


Worsley is a town in the City of Salford, in 2014 it had a recorded population of around 10,000. The Wrosley Brook runs through the town, along with the Bridgewater Canal, the canal allowed the area to expand from a small cottage industries to an import town based upon cotton manufacturing, iron working, brick making and coal mining.

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