5 things you need to know about Altrincham

PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 April 2015

Old Market Place, Stocks and Whipping Post

Old Market Place, Stocks and Whipping Post

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Altrincham is about as self-sufficient a town as you could hope for, with schools, shopping, dining and leisure facilities all top notch. Why would you ever leave?

1. The name Altrincham first appears as ‘Aldringeham’, likely of Saxon origin. As recently as the 19th century it was spelt both Altrincham and Altringham…and indeed often still is, by people who should know better!

2. According to Rightmove.co.uk the average house price in Altrincham for 2013 was £352, 442, an increase of 9% year on year and comfortably exceeding the national average house price of £270,000, which is also up 9% on 2014 prices. The majority of sales in Altrincham during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £334,222. Terraced properties sold for an average of £274,700, with detached properties fetching £587,703.

3. The people of Altrincham have long been civic minded, concerned to ensure that living in this sought-after location provides the best of leisure facilities. The Garrick Theatre, on Barrington Road, celebrated its centenary year in 2014. It was founded by local residents who fought long and hard to raise funds to build their dream – a theatre in its own grounds. By hook and by crook, including a novel ‘Sell a brick’ scheme, the members raised sufficient funds to finally break ground in June 1931. Today the theatre has a packed schedule of plays, musicals and stand-up shows, both by touring companies and produced in-house. Make sure you get along to 42nd Street this month or next, it’s set to be a fabulous show!

4. As part of a fierce battle by residents and business owners to improve their town, in December 2014 Altrincham-based design company Planit-IE and Manchester-based Civic Engineers were appointed to undertake extensive improvement to the public space across Altrincham town centre. With overall investment of over £6m over a three-year period the project will transform vehicle-dominated streets into pedestrian-friendly environments that contribute to the character of Altrincham; wider, tree-lined streets with equal priority for pedestrians and vehicles; sympathetic lighting and de-cluttering of streets. Phase one has already started, in Goose Green.

5. If you love a good market, and who doesn’t, then head to Altrincham on any Sunday and prepare to be impressed. On the first Sunday of the Month discover furnishing for home, furniture, plants, bulbs and flowers

at the Home House and Garden Market. The following Sunday brings fresh and prepared food from the best of the north west regional farmers and producers at the Farmers, Producers and Makers Market. The third Sunday offers the Vintage Fashion and Vintage Furniture Market – everything vintage, upcycled, recycled, reclaimed, re-covered, re-made, re-modelled! Finally, on the fourth Sunday, visit the Craft and Hand Made Market and browse (and buy) jewellery, craft, cards, gifts, prints and art. Oh, and the indoor market is open seven days a week, hosting permanent food stalls offering locally made deliciousness.

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