High street shopping in Sale
PUBLISHED: 13:45 18 November 2011 | UPDATED: 14:23 22 February 2014
Sale is so well-situated with easy Metro links that it's definitely worth a visit WORDS BY POLLY BERKELEY PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BILLINGTON
With its pedestrianised centre brimming with an array of independents and high street stalwarts, Sale allows for some serious retail therapy.
The town is easily accessed via the Metrolink and most businesses are within walking distance so its a relaxing place for shopping. And you wont have to go far for a cup of coffee or lsome unch either as there are ten restaurants within three hundred yards of Sale Station, including Greek, Italian, Chinese and Thai cuisine.
Directly opposite the station, there is one of many upmarket pubs in the vicinity, and an arts theatre a further hundred yards away, if youre in need of cultural inspiration.
So what to buy while in Sale? Check out the boutiques and perhaps snap up a little something new for a Christmas party. There are many affordable places to shop for clothes, whether youre looking for that must-have cocktail dress from a major retail chain or something slightly alternative.
Sale is especially good for interior services too. Here you can seek out advice on buying bathroom fittings and accessories, carpets and kitchens.
And, interestingly, there are a surprising number of aesthetic beauty clinics in the area, offering everything from non-surgical facelifts to cellulite shifting Endermologie treatments.
There really are so many more reasons for coming to Sale than may at first seem evident.
Add to the mix friendly service and good value for money, as well as major supermarkets and Sale comes into its own as a retail experience. But dont just let it stop there.
While in the town it would be rude not to check out Sale Moor. This is a fascinating marriage of urban and rural elements, emerging with a strong sense of community and thriving small businesses. The villages centre is a treat with its family-owned greengrocers and butcheries adding to Sale Moors truly nostalgic feel.
The road to Sale
Where it is
Sale is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford.
Historically part of Cheshire, the town lies on flat ground on the south bank of the River Mersey, 1.9 miles (3.1 km) south of Stretford, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northeast of Altrincham, and 5.2 miles (8.4 km) southwest of the city of Manchester
There is evidence of Stone Age, Roman and Anglo Saxon settlements but Sale came into its own during the Middle Ages as a rural township. Its fertile fields and meadows were used for crop and cattle farming and by the 17th century it had developed a thriving cottage industry manufacturing garthweb, the woven material from which horses saddle girths were made.
The Bridgewater canal reached the town in 1765 and stimulated the areas urbanisation. With the arrival of the railway the towns population tripled by the end of the 19th century. Sales urban growth resulted in a merger with neighbouring Ashton upon Mersey, following the Local Government Act 1929. The increase in population led to the granting of a charter in 1935, giving Sale honorific borough status. Since then, Sale has continued to thrive as a commuter town