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Altrincham is a market town within the Metropolitan Borough of
Trafford, in Greater Manchester, England. It lies on flat ground south
of the River Mersey about 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Manchester city
centre, 3 miles (5 km) south-southwest of Sale and 10 miles (16 km)
east of Warrington. As of the 2001 UK census, it had a population of
41,000. Historically a part of Cheshire, Altrincham was established as
a market town in 1290, a time when most communities were based around
agriculture rather than trade, and there is still a market in the town
today. Further socioeconomic development came with the extension of the
Bridgewater Canal to Altrincham in 1765 and the arrival of the railway
in 1849, stimulating industrial activity in the town. Outlying villages
were absorbed by Altrincham's subsequent growth, along with the grounds
of Dunham Massey Hall, formerly the home of the Earl of Stamford, and
now a tourist attraction with three Grade I listed buildings and a deer
park. Altrincham today is an affluent commuter town, partly because of
its transport links. It is also a centre for sport, home to Altrincham
F.C. and an English Premier League ice hockey club, Manchester Phoenix.
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