|New Brown Street from Market Street, 1903|
“New Brown Street, heading east off Market Street and now under the Arndale, was one of my haunts in the 70s.
The original home of On the Eighth Day and the headquarters of Mike Don's Mole Express underground paper (originally called Moul Express, but no one got the reference or knew how to pronounce it.”
It ran from Market Street up to Withy Grove, and by the 1970s had seen better days but offered up a fascinating mix of shops to visit including as Matthew said the first On the Eighth Day.
|Back Cannon Street, 1937|
Fifty years earlier in 1851 and the directory lists twenty-five businesses mostly describing themselves as merchants, or manufactures.
I can’t remember exactly when New Brown Street vanished and it will have still been there when I washed up in the city in 1969, but sadly for me I have no memory of the place making it truly one of the lost streets of Manchester.
And with its passing also went those small side streets, like Swan Lane, Back Sugar Lane, Back Cannon Street and Peel Street, some of which led off to closed courts and a labyrinth of even smaller thoroughfares.
|New Brown Street, 1973|
All gone as is Mole Express which I had entirely forgotten about Matthew.
Pictures; New Brown Street from Market Street, 1903, City Engineers, m03562, Back Cannon Street from New Brown Street, 1937, m74955, New Brown Street, A P Morris, 1973 m03619, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, http://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php