Carrington, Greater Manchester

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St georges church carrington greater manchester.png
St George's Church, a Grade II* listed building
Carrington is located in Greater Manchester
 Carrington shown within Greater Manchester
Population 396 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SJ737921
Metropolitan borough Trafford
Metropolitan county Greater Manchester
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district M31
Dialling code 0161
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Stretford and Urmston
List of places
Greater Manchester

Coordinates: 53°25′52″N 2°23′31″W / 53.431°N 2.392°W / 53.431; -2.392

Carrington is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, Greater Manchester, England.[1] Historically a part of Cheshire, the village is west of Greater Manchester Urban Area, and is the site of a large gas and chemical works, which produce gases by fractional distillation of liquid air. It used to be the site of a Shell Chemicals refinery, which produced polythene and polystyrene.

Until recent years there was a Carrington Power Station located on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal. The building work commenced in 1947, although the land for the site was acquired in 1916.[2] The station opened in 1956, and was decommissioned during the late 1980s. It was demolished using explosives in the mid-1990s, having stood empty for several years. All that remains today is a large 400kV switching station. The station had its own railway spur from the Glazebrook to Stockport Tiviot Dale line,[3] evidence of which can still be seen today from the gates where the line crossed Manchester Road.

In July 2007, Bridestones Developments acquired planning permission for a new 860MW CCGT (Combined Cycle Gas Turbine) power station, to be built on the same site as the old power station, providing sufficient electrical power for up to 350,000 homes, and 40 to 50 new jobs in the area.[4][5]

Manchester United (Trafford Training Centre) and Manchester City (Carrington Training Centre) Football Clubs have training complexes on Carrington Moss, as does Sale Sharks Rugby Club.

The village is better known to motorists as the location of the former A6144(M), the Carrington Spur.


Several derivations of the name Carrington have been suggested, all from Old English. The name may mean "estate associated with a man called Cara"; alternatively, the first part of the name may be derived from caring, meaning "tending or herding" or cring, which means "river bend", so either "place associated with herding", or "settlement by a river bend". In the 12th century, Carrington was known as Carrintona.[6]



At the 2001 UK census, Carrington had a total population of 396. For every 100 females, there were 110.6 males. The average household size was 2.62.[7] Of those aged 16–74 in Carrington, 53.3% had no academic qualifications or one GCSE, higher than the figures for all of Trafford (40.8%) and in England (45.5%).[8] According to the census, 1.75% were unemployed and 34.39% were economically inactive.[9] 21.72% of the population were under the age of 16 and 6.31% were aged 75 and over; the mean age of the people of Carrington was 37.24. 66.41% of residents described their health as "good".[10]

Population change[edit]

Population growth in Carrington since 1801
Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 1971 2001
Population 435 480 531 552 559 536 521 469 438 568 514 522 531 504 627 642 488 396
Source: A Vision of Britain through Time[11]



  1. ^ "Greater Manchester Gazetteer". Greater Manchester County Record Office. Places names - C. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2007. 
  2. ^ "Power Stations in Greater Manchester" (PDF). The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Retrieved 13 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Station Name: PARTINGTON (2nd site)". Disused Stations Site Record. Retrieved 30 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Manchester Metro News. 20 July 2006. p. 15. 
  5. ^ "Carrington Power, Trafford". Carrington Power. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Mills, A. D. (2003). "Carrington". A Dictionary of British Place-Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-852758-6. Retrieved 23 March 2010. (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Carrington civil parish Neighbourhood Statistics". Retrieved 24 September 2007. 
  8. ^ "Trafford Metropolitan Borough key statistics". Retrieved 13 December 2007. 
  9. ^ "Carrington civil parish work and qualifications". Retrieved 24 July 2007. 
  10. ^ "Carrington civil parish census data". Retrieved 24 September 2007. 
  11. ^ Nevell (1997), p. 87.

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