infobox UK place
country = England
map_type= Greater Manchester
metropolitan_borough= City of Salford
region= North West England
It was administered by the
municipal boroughof Eccles in the administrative county of Lancashireuntil both were abolished in 1974.
Patricroft may derive its name from 'Pear-tree croft', or more likely, 'Patrick's Croft'. In 1836,
James Nasmyth, in partnership with Holbrook Gaskell, built the Bridgewater Foundry in Patricroft. The foundry soon expanded to become a major supplier of steam locomotives. During World War Ithe factory's production was mainly diverted to munitions work. At the start of the Second World War it became a Royal Ordnance Factory, producing shells, tanks and guns. The engineering works closed in 1989: the site is now part of a business and technology centre.
Christ Church on Liverpool Road is the Anglican Parish Church of Patricroft. Construction was begun by the Rev Samuel Dale, curate at Eccles and later first Vicar at Patricroft. The church was built to seat 750 worshippers and was designed by John Lowe, it was opened circa 1868. [Bleakley, JR, A Short History of the Parish Church of Patricroft, Eccles]
The Holy Cross
The Church of the Holy Cross at Patricroft Bridge is the Roman Catholic Parish Church of Patricroft. It was opened in 1961. [Pevsner, The Buildings of England]
The Patricroft Methodist Church
The Patricroft Mathodist Church on the corner of Alexandra Road and Liverpool Road came into being from the merger of the Trinity Methodist Church and the Ebenezer Methodist Church in 1964 [http://www.salfordcircuit.org.uk/page6.html] . A new church was opened on the Trinity site in February 1972. Later the Barton Methodist Church and the Winton Methodist Churches merged in with them. [http://www.patricroft-methodist.telinco.co.uk/page4.html]
The United Reformed Church
The URC have a church on Shakespeare Crescent and their North Western Synod on Franklin Street. [http://www.nwsynod.org.uk/contact/index.php?&styles=on]
The district is served by
Patricroft railway stationwhich was opened on 15 September 1830 by the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and is situated in Green Lane. A large steam locomotiverunning shed was situated immediately north of the line until closure in 1967.
Bus services in the area are provided by Arriva Manchester, Arriva North West, and
First Manchester. [cite web | title= Transport (bus, coach, train) and other local services in Patricroft | publisher= Travel Search | url= http://www.carlberry.co.uk/rfnlistr.asp?L3=PAT008 | format= HTTP| accessdate= 2007-07-19] Routes are co-ordinated by GMPTE.
Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe was born in Patricroft in 1877. He was the first Englishman to make a powered flight (in 1908 at
Brooklands), and the first Englishman to fly an all British machine a year later, on Hackney Marshes. He founded the Avrocompany, one of the world's first aircraft manufacturers, in 1910.
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