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The city of Salford, part of Greater Manchester, incorporates the districts of Salford, Eccles, Worsley, Irlam and Cadishead, Swinton and Pendlebury.

With plenty of green spaces, Salford is also a thriving business centre attracting many of the country’s brightest media minds, musicians and innovative thinkers. The city covers some 37 square miles and is home to around quarter of a million people.

We’ve found some of the top facts about Salford that we hope will make you seek out a trip to this vibrant and varied city.
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The birth of vegetarianism was in Salford. More than 200 years ago the Reverend William Cowherd (you heard correctly!) preached the virtues of a vegetarian diet at a chapel in Salford. His followers then went on to form the Vegetarian Society.
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Guy Fawkes’ infamous plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament was supposedly planned in Salford’s Ordsall Hall, a historic house and former stately home dating back more than 750 years.
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Sticking to Ordsall Hall, three ghosts are said to haunt this property. Firstly The White Lady is said to be the spirit of Lady Margaret Radclyffe who died broken-hearted in 1599 after the death of her brother Alexander. A young girl named Cecily is said to haunt the hall at times in particular when there are children and school parties around. It is said the sweet smell of roses indicates when she is there. Thirdly, the ghost of Sir John Radclyffe is said to have a presence in the Star Chamber. As the former Lord of the Manor, it’s been said he is very keen on the ladies and has made several bold advances!
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In 1974 when Greater Manchester was first formed, Salford was nearly called Irwell. After protests, the name was dropped – due to the fact the River Irwell flowed through two other boroughs and not through Worsley.
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Salford has many famous musical links, and folk singer Ewan MacColl, whose famous song “Dirty Old Town” was inspired by Salford, he denied his roots for many years, saying that he moved to the city in 1922 from Scotland.
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The Lowry, Salford’s famous centre for visual and performance art, houses the largest public collection of paintings and drawings by LS Lowry. Originally known as Salford Quays Centre for Performing Arts – the idea for the centre was first conceived in 1988 and then opened to the public 12 years later.
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The BBC relocated to Salford Quays is 2006 and led to the development of MediaCityUK.
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3,000 jobs were lost with the closure of Manchester Docks in 1982. Salford City Council then purchased the land in 1984 and one year later plans for the ambitious Salford Quays Development Plan was launched.
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Half of Salford is made up of forests, nature reserves, mosslands, parklands and quaint villages. It boasts hundreds of acres of parkland and wildlife habitats.
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Salford once laid claim to the UK’s only orange canal – the Bridgewater Canal was famous for its distinctive orange colour. This discolouration was caused by iron ochre leaked from the underground canals at the Delph. Now the canal is cleaner and far more environmentally friendly.
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Salford lays claim to being the home of the first free public library. In 1849, Salford City Council sanctioned the use of Lark Hill Mansion as an educational site and planned to turn the mansion into a public museum and library.

Now you’ve got the lowdown on Salford, why not see it for yourself? If you’re visiting, then check out your parking options in advance. On-street parking for Salford City Council is managed by Indigo UK. Visit /salford-city-council-parking to find more information about parking in Salford City.
 

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