|Looking at the streets, 2014|
That said I don’t think they would have featured in any glossy guide to comfortable inner city living.
In 1853 they had formed a complex of back to back housing consisting of 32 cottages and fifteen cellars inhabited by 208 people.*
|The streets in 1849|
And I doubt even the most optimistic estate agent could gloss over the noise from the nearby railway or the smell from the river Medlock which flowed in a curve close by.
Back in the 1980s you could still see the outline of the house walls in what at the time was a temporary car park but when I returned some 20 years later these had vanished under new tarmac and there was nothing left to show what had once been there.
|The car park in 2002|
And even that car park is now boarded up which may soon mean even space inhabited by those three streets and 32 cottages will be lost for ever.
Pictures; Commercial Street, 2014 courtesy of Andy Robertson, Omega Street, 2003 from the collection of Andrew Simpson and area in 1849 from the OS for Manchester & Salford, 1842-49, courtesy of Digital Archives Association, http://www.digitalarchives.co.uk/
* Report of the Manchester and Salford Sanitary Association 1853