From city chic to village life in Altrincham

PUBLISHED: 11:48 05 January 2011 | UPDATED: 18:08 20 February 2013

From city chic to village life in Altrincham

From city chic to village life in Altrincham

From city chic to village life Altrincham has got it all and more

Altrincham traders are fighting back and on the 14th therell be a mega clean up in the town, which has held its own against the big retailers. Its a place with the sort of sophisticated attractions youd find in the big city, however higher rents, lack of parking and other concerns are hitting the town and locals want to make sure it doesnt suffer. While theres a multi million pound programme of improvements underway that will transform the town, residents and traders want to safeguard the unique character, which has made it such a desirable place to live, work and play.

Home improvements
A 10 million development at Denmark Street now includes an award winning multi-screen cinema, and adjoining restaurants plus parking for 90 cars and the towns historic market quarter has also undergone some major refurbishment work, still retaining its character but with added enhancements such as meeting rooms for hire at the revamped town hall and office space for small businesses.

Stage set
Altrincham Garrick held the world stage premiere of Psycho in 1982, which is the sort of trivia we love. The theatre itself dates back to November 25th 1913 when there was an inaugural meeting, followed by another in January 1914 in which the name Altrincham Garrick Society adopted. By March that year, the first production The Silver Box
was performed.

Village green
Goose Green in Altrincham has its own particular character with its early 19th century houses and its villagey charm. Locals from the town took their geese on to Hale Moss through this area, hence the name. Close by on Denmark Street cock fights were held on Shrove Tuesday and Easter up until 1850. These days elegant restaurants and shops are reason enough to visit this area of town.

Park life

Dunham Massey has Britains biggest winter gardens and you can experience the grim life of an 18th century servant here, two rather diverse reasons for visiting this magnificent pile just outside Altrincham. But theres more to come. Set in a glorious 300 acre deer park this Georgian house tells the story of the owners and the servants who inhabited the place. You can even discover the salacious scandals of the 7th Earl of Stamford, who married Catherine Cocks, a former bare-back circus rider! Plus it also has the finest collection of Huguenot silver in the world.

Altrincham information

Most noted for:
Altrincham market is pretty special. It's been held in the town since 1290.

Grand designs
David McLean Nikal's stunning 150 million Altair development proposals will combine retail, leisure and residential elements with offices, a 135 bed hotel, two new public squares and 850 parking spaces as well as providing a permanent home to the ice rink, the only one in Greater Manchester. The centrally located scheme is scheduled for completion by 2013.

While youre here
Glide out on your blades of glory at the Altrincham Ice Dome, a temporary ice skating rink and home to Manchester Phoenix ice hockey team.

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