Sale - Discovering its dramatic history and more
PUBLISHED: 11:49 05 January 2011 | UPDATED: 18:05 20 February 2013
Sale has a place in the region's history as a hub of the industrial revolution and a place where Stuart rebels met during the Jacobite uprisings.
Sale has a place in the regions history as a hub of the industrial revolution and a place where Stuart rebels met during the Jacobite uprisings, however, nowadays it is a comfortable place to live, with decent shopping, a fine selection of pubs and restaurants and a good arts scene, plus it has the Metrolink, which means you can get into Manchester for work in about 15 minutes.
Olympic training ground
No doubt some of our 2012 hopefuls are already in training with the famous Sale Harriers, one of the foremost athletics clubs in the UK. It was founded in 1892 and re-founded in 1900 but really came into the forefront when Manchester hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2001. Anyone interested in serious athletics is welcome to join the club.
Making a splash
If messing about on boats and waterskiing are your thing and you cant afford the airfare to Antigua then you can get your fix at Sale Water Park. Not quite Lake Como but a pretty good place to do some watersports and watch the cormorants and other magical wildlife that have made it their home.
The Rocket Theatre Company has just relocated to Sale and is producing unique shows for local audiences. The most recent included cabaret-style performances of Oscar Wildes Lord Arthur Savilles Crime - a two man show which can tour anywhere. You can even hire them for posh works dos or parties!
Sale has its own arts venue too, the Waterside, which was opened in 2004 by actor Sarah Miles who was married to Sales Robert Bolt, a real asset to the area with its shows, exhibitions, comedy and more.
Wander around Sale and youll come across its oldest surviving building Eyebrow Cottage which was built around 1670. Originally a yeoman farmhouse, its one of the earliest brick built buildings in the area and is so called because of the eyebrow shaped decoration above the windows. It was built on Cross Street, which at the time was a separate village from Sale itself.
Most noted for:
Physicist James Joule, who lived in Sale from the 1870s and died at his home in Wardle Road. You can check out a fine statue of him at Worthington Park.
The cenotaph outside the Town Hall was designed by Ashton-on-Mersey sculptor Arthur Sherwood Evans and is a Grade II listed building. It commemorates the 400 men from Sale who died in WWI and the 300 who perished in WWII.
While youre here
Down a pint at the historic Jackson's Boat inn on the banks of the Mersey which marks the boundary between Lancashire and Cheshire and which used to be a meeting place for the Jacobites in the 1730s.