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Trafford Park - The Early Years: Contents

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No. Title Description
1  Ancestral Home  By the nineteenth century Trafford Hall was a luxurious and well furnished home. The front part of the house dated from the eighteenth century with a classical style frontage,...
2  The Arrival of the Manchester Ship Canal  A historic meeting in 1882 marked the start of a determined campaign for the construction of the Manchester Ship Canal which was to mostly follow the routes of the Mersey and ...
3  A Change of Heart  The successor to Sir Humphrey, Sir Humphrey Francis de Trafford, was not so opposed to the Ship Canal and its owners nor was he so protective of his lands. He had a more liber...
4  Hooley and the Birth of Trafford Park Estates  The Estate had been purchased by a company promoter, Ernest Terah Hooley, a colourful character renowned for his business ventures. Wasting no time he formed Trafford Park Es...
5  The Start of a New Era  Inspired by Marshall Stevens' vision Hooley wanted to have Stevens at his side. He offered the Ship Canal Manager an appealing wage which persuaded Stevens to leave his post a...
6  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 esta...
7  The Arrival of Westinghouse  Whilst such arrivals and developments must have been very pleasing for Marshall Stevens, a bigger boost to his plans was to come with the decision of Westinghouse, an American...
8  Trafford Park Village  Although land had been allocated for the construction of housing for workers, no progress had yet been made. The arrival of Westinghouse was to change this situation, stimulat...
9  Strong Foundations  With the arrival of major firms, the provision of a transport network, housing for workers and a local power supply, Stevens' vision for Trafford Park was well on the way to b...