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First Arrivals

The first industries slowly began to arrive in the Park not long after Stevens had taken up his post. Amongst the first were the Manchester Patent Fuel Company, which was established in March 1897, but due to delays was not in operation until the following year, and Trafford Brick Company who arrived shortly afterwards.

The following year saw some improvement on the uptake of land, with sites being taken by several firms including J.W Southern & Co. - timber merchants, James Gresham - engineers, and W.T Glovers & Co. - a cable manufacturing company. Glovers were to play a significant role in the development of the Estate's infrastructure as it was contracted by the Estate Company to provide the Park's electricity. The firm proceeded to build a power station on the Estate on the banks of the Bridgewater Canal.

In this year a large section of land was acquired by Edmund Nuttall & Co. which was meant for the construction of housing. More companies followed in 1899 including Kilverts who produced lard, the Liverpool Warehousing Company and Lancashire Dynamo & Crypto Ltd.

Whilst new firms were arriving the Estates Company was looking to develop one of its existing assets - Trafford Hall. In 1899 after some work the Hall was opened as an unlicensed hotel, with forty bedrooms and food served in the reception rooms. It was hoped that the facilities would be used by prospective businessmen or staff of those companies taking up sites in the Park.

The external buildings were also put to use. Between 1900-1902 the stables and some of the other outbuildings were used for stock auctions and the sale of horses. A Manchester firm, Edwin Bradshaw & Sons, were employed as auctioneers.
The Manchester Polo Club also took advantage of the available facilities, establishing a polo ground in the Park at the same time.

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An early photograph of Trafford Park Road showing the Kilvert's factory under construction on the right

An early photograph of Trafford Park Road showing the Kilvert's factory under construction on the right
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A copy of a leaflet advertising facilities at Trafford Hall after its conversion into a hotel

A copy of a leaflet advertising facilities at Trafford Hall after its conversion into a hotel
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Trafford Hall stables

Trafford Hall stables
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