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Patricroft is located in Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SJ767982
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district M30
Dialling code 0161
Police Greater Manchester
Fire Greater Manchester
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
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Greater Manchester
53°28′48″N 2°21′04″W / 53.480°N 2.351°W / 53.480; -2.351

Patricroft is a suburb near Eccles, Greater Manchester, England.


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 I the 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.

The area was part of the municipal borough of Eccles in Lancashire until 1974 when it was incorporated into Salford, Greater Manchester.


The district is served by Patricroft railway station, which was opened on 15 September 1830 by the Liverpool & Manchester Railway and is situated in Green Lane. A large steam locomotive running shed was situated immediately north of the line until closure in 1968.

Bus services in the area are provided by Arriva North West, and First Greater Manchester. Routes are co-ordinated by Transport for Greater Manchester.

Notable people

The campaigning journalist and editor Harold Evans was born in Patricroft in 1928.

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