We have defined the city centre area as roughly that covered by the large-scale pages of the A-Z street atlas, namely with the River Irwell (boundary with Salford) forming the NW extremity, to Derby Street in the North, Great Ancoats Street to NE, and with the whole southern edge at the A57M Mancunian Way road.  However the Universities and Hospitals districts along Oxford Road are also included here.

 The Houses

Many of the few surviving buildings originally constructed as private dwellings are nowadays used for other purposes....

Religious Buildings..... 

Municipal Buildings, Markets and Utilities...... 

Crime & Fire Services...... 

 Healthcare Services......

 Libraries & Galleries......

 Entertainment & Culture: Clubs, Theatres, Cinemas etc

School & College Buildings; Manchester University......

A selection of historic Shops and Eateries..... 

Pubs and Hotels...... 

 Banks, Finance Houses and Insurance Offices.......

What wonderful names we have lost over the years!

Some other office buildings, including multiple-occupancy tenanting..... 

 Industry: the Textile Warehouses, and the rest

As befits its former role as "Cottonopolis", Manchester has the biggest and best collection of Cotton Manufacturer's and Merchant's warehouses in the world. At a time of high-Victorian prosperity, the major proprietors sought to outdo each other in the ostentation of their warehouse buildings, and most still survive. The premises served three main functions; as a showroom for the wares, for stock storage and for administration offices. The manufacturing mills themselves were situated mainly "out of town", in the suburbs and surrounding communities. The smaller manufacturers tenanted other, multi-occupancy warehouses, and from around 1870 onwards, other large premises were dedicated solely to specific functions; textile printing, packing and shipping etc.

There were often changes of name and/or function down the years, so rather than attempting to split into sub-categories, our survey shows all the notable industrial buildings of Central Manchester together here, in street order. Where no name is shown, the building was a multi-occupancy warehouse.....   

River Irwell and the Canals..... 

The Railways...... 

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