URMSTON AND DAVYHULME are situated just on the other side of the M60 motorway from the Trafford Centre. In and around this area there are extensive residential suburbs built mainly in the 1920's and 30's. Urmston is just north of the River Mersey, placing it in the ancient county of Lancashire. In 1974 this area joined Trafford Metropolitan Borough.

THE TRAFFORD CENTRE central dome and the smaller east dome are visible above the red roofs of a row of semi-detached houses, seen across a wide grassy open space. We are standing on Norton Avenue, a cul-de-sac of semi-detached houses. It's sunny with a blue sky and scattered white clouds.

Residential areas like this were developed in the inter-war years and can be found all over the UK.

The lamp post, which is not quite perpendicular, dates probably from the 1950's.

DAVYHULME CIRCLE is a large roundabout with flower beds and a war memorial clock tower in the centre.

Red and pink flowers, planted by the local authority Trafford Borough Council, add a splash of colour to the scene.

Around the Circle are shops, houses and a pub.

The flat-roofed shop units in the lower right hand picture are typical of 1930's design.


DAVYHULME CIRCLE acts as a gateway to the residential suburbs of Davyhulme and Urmston, coming from Trafford Park.

The wide traffic circle or roundabout was created in the 1920's or 30's when this area was transformed from flat open fields into a pleasant garden suburb.

This panoramic composite view takes in most of the roundabout, including trees, shop units, flower beds and the war memorial clock tower which stands at the centre of the circle.

A 256 BUS OPERATED BY SCOTTISH-BASED COMPANY STAGECOACH drives around Davyhulme Circle on its way to Manchester Piccadilly via Stretford.

This Dennis Trident double decker bus built by Scottish firm Alexander was registered in Stockport in 2000 (registration V618 DJA)

The two storey apartment development overlooking Davyhulme Circle is visible in the background.

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