Descriptive gazetteer entries

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Trafford like this:

TRAFFORD (Old), a chapelry in Manchester parish, Lancashire; on the Manchester and Altrincham railway, in the SW outskirts of Manchester city. It was constituted in 1858; it has a r. station with telegraph; and it contains the botanic garden, the asylum for the blind, and schools for the deaf and dumb. Post town, Manchester. Pop. in 1861, 2,184. Houses, 336. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £498. Patron, the Bishop of M.

This is the only descriptive gazetter entry we have found, but you may be able to find further references to Trafford by doing a full-text search here.

Travel writing

This website includes the complete texts of books describing journeys around Britain, written between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries. Selecting one of the links below will take you to the first reference to Trafford within the selected text. This will not always be a description of a visit: travellers often mention places other than where they are, for example as a basis for comparison.

Traveller Section No. of Refs.
William Camden Durham, Lancashire and Westmorland 1

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Broadheath 0 2
Carrington 0 2
Sale 0 2
Altrincham 0 2
Oldfield 0 2
Timperley 0 2
Dunham Massey 1 2
Flixton 0 2
Urmston 0 2
Partington 0 2
Bowdon 0 2
Baguley 0 2
Davyhulme 2 2
Stretford 0 2
Chorlton Cum Hardy 0 2
Barton upon Irwell 0 2
Cadishead 0 2
Hale 0 2
Warburton 1 2