Altrincham - An inspirational past and a bright new future
PUBLISHED: 08:31 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:06 20 February 2013
An inspirational past and a bright new future makes this a rather special market town
Altrincham has a fighting sprit that can be traced back through the centuries and last year it was honoured with a blue plaque for having the bravest little street in England.
During WWI 161 men from 60 houses on Chapel Street (now Regent Road) joined up to fight and 29 of those were killed. Now this ancient
market town is being re-invented for the 21st century with a multi-million pound makeover, that will enhance it further as an area in which to live, work, shop and play.
Back to the future
In 1290 Altrincham was granted its Market charter and it still has its Court Leet, which in the 15th century used to administer the town and oversee local law and now survives as a ceremonial attraction.
Officers of this ancient institution include the Ale Taster and the Market Looker and every July they beat the bounds as part of their responsibility for keeping Altrinchams boundaries defined.
Markets are up Altrincham market is well known for its dairy produce, fresh fish, flowers, plants and other goodies but it also has special
themed events including, this year, a Continental Market on June 18th-19th,
The Altrincham Bottle and Cask festival on August Bank Holiday weekend and the annual Taste of Trafford food and drink festival on September 26th.
Sauce for the goose
While there are lots of shopping and dining opportunities on Altrinchams high street, Goose Green has its own special village-style charm. It is so named because it was one of the main routes through which locals would take their geese to Hale Moss but now it is a much more tranquil setting for browsing in boutiques, or relaxing in one of the enticing cafes or restaurants.
The stylish 40m Stamford Quarter redevelopment and the forthcoming
Altair development with its mixture of shopping and leisure means Altrincham is embarking on a new and exciting journey, which aims to attract more visitors and businesses
Ice-skating. What do you mean you've never been? This is the place to make shapes like Torvil and Dean and could even be a breeding ground for Olympic hopefuls.
The Market House is listed and was built on meadows in 1879, check out the Blue Plaque to the left of the door commemorating the origins of the market in 1290 in Old Market Place.
The glass-covered outside market was built in 1930 and is on the site of the Cheshire Rifle Volunteers' training ground.
While you're here
Support the local football club Altrincham FC, affectionately known as The Robins.