The town of Eccles is located towards the West of Salford, between the M602 motorway and the Manchester Ship Canal. Historically a market town, the growth of industry in the area during the 19th century led to many of the town’s residents working in the textile trade.
Significant investment in local housing over recent years has led to the creation of more affordable homes for local residents. There are a variety of sports and leisure facilities across Eccles including several local sports teams. History buffs will enjoy visiting several historic buildings in the area, including the oldest church in Salford - the medieval St Mary of the Virgin, on Church Street which is the only Grade 1 listed building in the town, and Eccles Library which is Grade 2 listed.
Residents of Eccles can make use of the excellent transport links on offer in the town. The Eccles Interchange bus station and Metrolink station make the town a perfect place to live for those commuting on a daily basis to the city centre or those working across Greater Manchester. The junctions for the M62 and M60 motorways are also a short distance away.
Although ideally situated for visits to the large Trafford Centre and Lowry Shopping Outlet, Eccles has its own large shopping complex- West One Retail Park, while the town centre also boasts an impressive array of shops.
The area is arguably most famous for the creation of the Eccles cake which was first produced and sold in the town in the late 1700s, but is now exported across the world. Traditionally made using a delicious recipe of flaky pastry, butter, candied peel, nutmeg, sugar and currants, sampling this local delicacy is an absolute must if you are visiting the area.