History of Trafford Part 1: Partington

In this series we explore the history of all parts of Trafford, this article is dedicated to Partington.

Partington was first known in 1260 in the medieval parish of Bowdon, the name derives from the words ‘Old English’ and in 1664 because of the wetlands on all sides the earliest known population was 99.

In 1894 with the completion of the Manchester Ship Canal transformed Partington in to a major coal transporting town and so attracted big names to the area.

Coroners Wood as it is still known, is very interesting as many locals think there is a buried graveyard just off Oak Road, it is in fact further south on a farm in Warburton, the burial ground has not been ever touched, and can be seen under a mound covered in grass.

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The HS2 route in yellow and the burial ground in the other colour.

The farmhouse near Warburton Park is where the old monastery used to be, we still to this date why Partington claims this ancient burial ground, with HS2 planning to go over the ancient burial ground, N4T has contacted HS2 LTD about the burial ground and must not be disturbed, we promise everyone now, even if we fight alone, we will try our hardest to make sure that the burial ground remains in tact and undisturbed.

Partington has some history still on show, at the Green, just off Hall Lane and Lock Lane is a bit of infrastructure where police used to lock up people to what looks like a gigantic pair of hand cuffs held by two huge stones.

The area has a couple of Grade 2 listed buildings, one of them being St Mary’s Church on Manchester Road.

Partington was developed further when Manchester Council built flats as an overspill, the estate got further developed, and in 1974 Trafford Council took over and neglected it ever since.

Shell Chemicals was the biggest employer until 2007 when it shut its doors, the area has only a couple of roads in and out, and this is to become a serious problem in the near future because of deluded councillors nodding their heads at planning without ever thinking about residents views.

Partington has more history than many people are aware, and people who are creative in the area might want to one day explore the idea of showing off to the world the history of the area.

It would now be a good idea to get something done about the abandoned railway, although not much is left of the line or Partington train station, anything will be of use before the line re-opens in 2019.

In the wars Partington was the location of an aircraft battery, it was positioned in the south-west corner of Cross Lane Park.

If you wish to add to this please contact us, if anyone has any old photos more so of the war days, or of the burial ground we will publish them, make sure you send with the photo so we can credit you.



Categories: History, Partington

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  1. Partington has only one road in and out. We have been fighting a losing battle to get a second road. When all the new homes and village are built we will only have a car park instead of a road.


    • Hi Maggie, the war has not been lost yet, HIMOR is a lost battle though no thanks to your councillors! they could have said ‘NO’ and no development will have happened, instead they went behind your backs, like they have always done, and gave the project the thumbs up, it was a disgrace to be honest, and the plans seen by us by HIMOR does little to help traffic, we will continue to look at ways of getting something for Partington, and watch out for new articles and action from us in the new year, we are already on to Aidan who has already broken two promises he had mentioned in his pre election booklet! stay tuned Maggie, we will do what we can for you, and for Partington, thanks for contacting us.


      • Not sure if you know but there is a public meeting at The Fuse in Partington in 7th December at 7.30pm. We will be dIscussing the traffic problems caused by Warburton Bridge Tolls and other problems that are blocking our one and only road.


      • Hello Maggie, No we was not aware, and will see if anyone is available, if no one can make it, will there be someone taking minutes? and what is the group your in called?


      • Hi. The group is called Warburton Toll Bridge Action Group and was set up on Facebook by Mark Broadstock a month or so ago. It’s the first meeting on the 7 December and if no one else wants to volunteer then I will do the minutes. There will be a few councillors in attendance from the areas surrounding the bridge. Kate Green MP is interested and has asked one of the councillors to report back to her. She did write to the CEO of Peel but his letter back just stated that he was aware if the problems and things were ongoing! I have a copy of the letter. There has also been a question raised in Parliament by Warrington North MP Helen Jones. There was also talks in Parliament about road rolls but Warburton Bridge wasn’t mentioned. You might be interested to know that people are paying £5 and £10 at the toll booth to get the following cars through quicker in order to help clear the queues! If you contact Mark Broadstock via the Facebook Group he will be able to give you more details.




      • Hi Maggie, thanks for your message, Warburton Toll Bridge is another article, and must admit I never use it, and shocked to hear how much it costs people just to get through, an investigation will now get underway as to what is going on, I am struggling to find anyone available, we have only a small team, although I will do all I can to get down, I would be so grateful if you could take minutes for us and send to the email address, it would be also great if you could add who was present, if any Bucklow councillors attended, I will be in touch with Mark later today, thanks again Maggie =)



      • Hi. It’s not the cost of the toll we have a problem with. It’s 12p one way or 25p for a day ticket. People are paying £5 and £10 to get 40-80 cars through to try to ease the congestion. So the extra cars can sail through without stopping to pay. It’s the terrible bottleneck of traffic that runs from the bridge all the way back through Partington and Carrington. It can take several hours to get to the bridge. It bottlenecks the other way as well all the way through Caddishead and Rixton. The rush hours are the worst, morning and evening but when there’s a problem with the M6 it’s absolutely horrendous. People are facing these journeys on a daily basis.I




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