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Among the buildings damaged or destroyed during the war were Manchester United's Old Trafford football ground, All Saints' Church, A memorial to those residents who lost their lives in the bombing was erected in Stretford Cemetery in 1948, over the communal grave of the 17 unidentified people who were killed in the blitz of December 1940.
Between 19, what is now the B&Q store in Great Stone Road was the 3,000-capacity Hardrock Theatre and Village Discothèque, hosting some of that period's major artists in their prime.
Stretford was part of the land occupied by the Celtic Brigantes tribe before and during the Roman occupation, and lay on their border with the Cornovii on the southern side of the Mersey.
By 1212, there were two manors in the area now called Stretford.
There was also greyhound racing from 1930, and an athletics track.
The complex was demolished in the late 1980s, and all that remains is the entrance gates, close to what is now the White City Retail Park.
The gates were designated a Grade II listed structure in 1987. The population in 1891 was 21,751, but by 1901 it had increased by 40% to 30,436 as people were drawn to the town by the promise of work in the new industries at Trafford Park.