Manchester, The Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter represents the most recent area to be regenerated, although the process has been under way for some time now.  Much of N/4  as its known is in the garment district. Manchester of course was built on cotton, the Lancashire textile mills produced some of the finest materials in the world in their hey day and there are still a number of wholesale outlets actively trading within the Quarter. Sadly, global markets meant that cheaper material could be easily sourced from the Far East and most of the mills are long gone, as working premises, though a few of the buildings still survive.

Mostly though now there are a number of apartments blocks, some new build, some refurbished mills or warehouses.  It has a definite bohemian feel to it and is well loved by those of that ilk. Restaurants and bars seem to open on a monthly basis, usually to a very high standard.

There’s more to come but here are the first photos.

Impressive doorways

Impressive doorways

Manchester N/4 Manchester N/4

Brightening up a grotty building

Brightening up a grotty building

Manchester N/4

Stevenson Square, centre of the old Garment District and still trading today.

Stevenson Square, centre of the old Garment District and still trading today.

Spot the ceramic icon on the wall

Spot the ceramic icon on the wall

The Quarter also house the original fresh produce markets, now replaced by refrigerated warehouses, but finding a new lease of life.

The Quarter also housed the original fresh produce markets, now replaced by refrigerated warehouses, but finding a new lease of life.

More building art

More building art

The Northern Quarter restaurant - one of my favourites.

The Northern Quarter restaurant – one of my favourites.

Couldn't resist this, the sign says, Gate to be closed at all times....

Couldn’t resist this, the sign says, Please ensure the gate is closed….

Imposing gates

Imposing gates

A new lease of life for old fire escapes.

A new lease of life for old fire escapes.

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One response to “Manchester, The Northern Quarter

  1. Great Pictures.
    Politics in your local must be a lot like our political quagmire.

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