Salford is a city in Greater Manchester in northwest England, with a population of 103,886 in 2011. It's separated from the City of Manchester by a loop of the River Irwell. Its biggest attraction is the Quays, but this area is described on a separate page.
Salford was a market and manufacturing town in Lancashire, with the smaller town of Manchester to its east. Both grew rapidly with the 18th / 19th century textile trade, with Manchester outgrowing Salford, and together they became a major seaport 40 miles inland through the digging of the Manchester Ship Canal. But in the 20th century the UK textile industry collapsed, and the port became derelict as the canal was too small for container ships.
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