Living in Altrincham
What is life like in Altrincham?
Altrincham is one of the premier residential areas in Greater Manchester, providing excellent access to central Manchester while offering leafy surroundings and excellent local amenities.
In addition to high-quality properties where residents get good value for money, Altrincham has swanky golf clubs, stunning countryside walking trails and several appealing boutiques and independent stores.
The BBC's decision to move to Salford Quays from its previous base in west London has made Altrincham even more popular, with some members of staff from the corporation choosing to live in the town, which is ideal for commuters who work in Salford and Manchester.
Anyone who chooses Altrincham as a place to live is guaranteed a peaceful way of life, beautiful surroundings and views and a short journey to one of Europe's most fashionable and vibrant cities.
The name 'Altrincham' was first recorded as 'Aldringeham', which meant 'homestead of Adlhere's people'. There is evidence in the area of people settling as early as the prehistoric ages, while there are also the remains of a Roman road.
In 1754, a stretch of the Manchester to Chester road just south of Altrincham was turnpiked, meaning users had to pay a toll to use it. In 1765, the Bridgewater Canal was connected to Altrincham, boosting the town's connections.
By the middle of the 19th century, plans to connect Altrincham to the rail network were gathering pace and this became a reality by 1849. Altrincham and Bowdon stations opened immediately, although both were later replaced in 1881.
With the railway in place, Altrincham grew as an attractive location for commuters to base themselves. An industrial area in Broadheath was also built, bringing businesses to the town and triggering further growth in its population.
Altrincham emerged from World War II relatively unscathed and, once the conflict was over, established an economic boom. Plenty of new housing was built in the area in the 1960s.
A number of famous people have either been born in Altrincham or have lived there during their lives. These include the Musician Ian Brown and John Squire of Stone Roses fame, artist Helen Allingham, actress Angela Cartwright and Paul Young.
Entertainment, sport and days out
The Old Market Place is one of the most fascinating places in Altrincham, with the registered conservation area containing a number of timber-framed buildings that echo the original constructions that once stood on the site.
Of course, many people from Altrincham venture into Manchester for entertainment and leisure, with the city famous for its art galleries, museums, theatres and music venues, all of which are within easy reach of the town.
There are still sports options to be enjoyed in Altrincham though, such as by heading to Moss Lane to watch Altrincham FC in action, it is also home to Manchester Phoenix and Manchester Minotaur’s. Alternatively, people can visit Altrincham Leisure Centre for a swim, workout or fitness class.
For a fun day out, residents should look to visit the nearby Dunham Massey National Trust Park with an array of wildlife including wild deer, or Tatton Park with its famous Hall, Peak District National Park or the north Wales coast, all of which offer natural beauty and stunning scenery in abundance.
There is a good selection of restaurants and cafes in Altrincham, ensuring nobody ever need go hungry in the town. Essence and Phangtong offer Asian cuisine and are highly recommended by locals, while Farina and Coco's are other successful establishments serving delicious food.
A number of pubs are also open in the area, providing pleasant surroundings for friends to gather for a drink. The Belgian Bar and PI Bar are just two of the many venues on offer.
Altrincham is just a short distance from the Trafford Centre, which is one of the country's largest shopping centres and contains a huge number of stores. Although this is always a tempting destination for locals, there are some shopping facilities in the town itself.
Several independent shops are located in the town centre, while the Stamford Quarter has department stores such as Debenhams and House of Fraser. Grafton Mall is another option, having undergone a renovation in recent years.
Schools & healthcare
Altrincham is one of the most prestigious towns in the UK when it comes to schools, with several incredibly successful institutions found there. These include Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, both of which are a hit with local parents.
Bollin, Bowdon C of E, Elmridge, St Vincent's Catholic, Well Green, Cloverlea and Altrincham C of E are primary schools that perform to an extremely high level.
Altrincham General Hospital is the main medical facility in the town and offers treatment for all minor injuries experienced by local people. Whilst in the centre of Altrincham Town a new section of the hospital is also undergoing contruction and is due to open shortly.
As a prime commuter town, it is no surprise to learn transport connections in Altrincham are of the highest standard. Train services to Manchester run on a regular basis and take around 35 minutes, while the town is linked to the Metrolink service and these run every six to 12 minutes, taking half an hour to reach Piccadilly.
Manchester Airport is just a couple of miles from Altrincham, making it incredibly easy for locals to jet off for a holiday or a business trip.
And the roads in this part of Greater Manchester are also easy to access, with the M56 passing the town and joining the M60 a short distance away.