5 five things you need to know about Sale
PUBLISHED: 14:12 03 November 2014 | UPDATED: 14:12 03 November 2014
Sale is so well-situated with easy Metro links that it’s definitely worth a visit.
1. The area we now know as Sale has been settled an awful long time; evidence of Stone Age residents have been found locally. And no, we don’t mean people who don’t yet have the iPhone 6.
2. By the 17th century, Sale had developed a thriving cottage industry, manufacturing garthweb, the woven material from which horses’ saddle girths were made. Luckily there’s a considerably more diverse retail offering available these days.
3. The Bridgewater Canal reached Sale in 1765, the first key trigger in the creation of a commuter town, attracting middle-class residents who wanted to live clear of the noise and smoke of Manchester. The first in a long history of very sensible people.
4. The Old English salh, from which “Sale” is derived, means “at the sallow tree”, a clear reference to the natural environment of moist soil loving trees, as sallow is the ancient word for the tree we now call the willow. Sale of course sits on the River Mersey and residents can enjoy several, varied walks along the river banks, round Sale Water Park and though Priory Gardens and Broad Ees Dole Nature Reserve.
5. The Sale Sharks are one of the leading professional Rugby Union clubs in Europe, all the more impressive a fact when you recall that this is a region where Rugby League is far more the thing! Founded in 1861, their club has moved venues a number of times over the years, finally settling at their present Heywood Road ground in 1905. As one of the leading sides in Europe, the Sharks boast a star-studded squad that includes internationals from all over the world.