Our Salford self storage team have put together a list of facts about Salford. How many of them did you know, and have we missed any?


Beefsteak Chapel

Ironically this tiny chapel in Salford was the birthplace of the ‘meat-free diet’, and where vegetarianism began over 200 years ago. Reverend William Cowherd (again – a very ironic name) taught the moral values of a vegetarian diet. His followers, known as the Cowherdites, went on to form the Vegetarian Society.


Ordsall Hall Exterior In Sun

Photo Credit: Visit Manchester

Ordsall Hall

Dating back over 600 years, this is Salford’s ‘hidden gem’. It’s a brilliant example of Elizabethan black and white half-timbered manor-house and transports you back in time. You can see the fully furnished Great Hall, where it is rumoured that the Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot was supposedly planned. It is also FREE to visit, so is a great day out for the family!


Coronation Street Fans

Coronation Street was previously filmed in Granada TV studios for over 50 years until 2014. In 2014 they moved production to Salford’s Media City, mainly filmed on a closed working set. As a result of this move, a lot of the child actors weren’t sure if they would be able to continue working on Coronation Street, and so the ‘bus crash’ storyline was created to write those who wouldn’t be moving to Salford Media City out of the TV program.


Ship At Salford Dock

Photo Credit: Manchester Evening News

Salford Docks

In 1894 the Salford Docks were opened by Queen Victoria, and at its height the Manchester and Salford docks were the third busiest ports in Britain. After the Manchester Ship Canal placed a limit on vessel size, the docks declined – closing in 1982. Following this, the Docks became one of the first and largest urban regeneration projects in the UK. The early developments were mainly residential, but the area now boasts The Lowry (arts venue), the Imperial War Museum North, Media City and Old Trafford football stadium.


Bike Race

In 1880 Hans Renold, a Salford-based inventor, created and patented a ‘bush roller chain’. One day Hans was challenged to a Penny Farthing race and attempted to adapt the Penny Farthing to create a quicker type of bicycle. Using the chain he invented, he connected the wheels together which increased the power and therefore speed. Looks like we can thank Salford for the bicycle we know today!