is Trafford since 1974 a metropolitan borough in the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester in England. Administrative center is the city of Stretford. Other important towns in the Borough are Altrincham, Bowdon, Hale, Hale Barns, Old Trafford, Partington, Sale, Timperley and Urmston. In Trafford are the Old Trafford stadium of Manchester United Football Club and Old Trafford cricket ground of Lancashire County Cricket Club, also known as Old Trafford. In Trafford are also the Trafford Center (the largest shopping center in the northwestern United Kingdom) and the Imperial War Museum North, an offshoot of the Imperial War Museum in London. The reorganization of the limits and the capabilities of local authorities led in 1974 to form the Metropolitan Borough. Areas of two counties were merged there. In Cheshire, these were the boroughs Altrincham and Sale, the urban districts Bowdon and Hale and part of the Rural District Bucklow; Lancashire, these were the Borough Stretford and Urmston Urban District. 1986 Trafford was in fact a unitary authority, as the central government dissolved the parent management of Greater Manchester. Trafford was for ceremonial purposes part of Greater Manchester, as well as for individual higher-level tasks such as police, fire and public transport.
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