Hit The North | Manchester’s Northern Quarter in the 1980s.

Manchester’s Northern Quarter has changed rapidly over the years, a sizemic shift from a gloomy and often forgotten part of the city to what is now a tourist destination in its own right.  The ‘Northern Quarter’ as it was branded in the mid nineties has now evolved into a sprawling epicenter of counter culture, fashion and street art. A cultural hub for Manchester’s independent music scene, a new bar, restaurant or boutique seems to open its doors at least once a fortnight.

Back in the mid eighties however it was a different story. The majority of twenty somethings who now spend their weekends drinking craft beer and cocktails and expanding there vinyl collection at Piccadilly Records and Vinyl Exchange were yet to be born, even mobile phones were still in their infancy, only used by the likes of Alan Sugar and Mike Baldwin off Coronation Street.

Our gallery below transports us back these times, a time when pet shops, Ford Cortinas and curry houses were king, and these now fashionable streets and pavements were much seldom trodden.

Manchester’s (Pre) Northern Quarter, 1985.

Oldham Street, at the crossroads with Hilton Street, 1985.
Oldham Street facing up towards The Castle Hotel, 1985.
Tib Street, facing up towards Great Ancoats Street, 1985.
Junction of Hilton Street and Tib Street, 1985.
Blacks Sauna Club/Domestic Appliance Centre and The Record Bar, Tib Street, 1985.
Tib Street and Brightwell Walk social housing, 1985.
Tib Street and Brightwell Walk social housing, 1985.
The King, Oldham Street and Tib Street entrances, 1985.
Fish & Chips and a green Lada outside Manchester Craft Village, 1985.

Tib Street, facing towards High Street, 1985.

Oldham street, 1988.

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  1. Happily these streets were well trodden in the 80’s Tib Street a mad mix of pets, pubs and sex shops. Three Yates’s still on the go, I drank in The King and The Castle both busy town boozers. Odd little clubs like the Green Door tucked away, curry canteens on the go, mostly still there excepting the Cuckoo Chef. The presses were still active on Gt Ancoats St and Withy Grove, supplying the area with well paid thirsty printers, after hours in the Express Club. Affleck’s was a honey pot for the young, and quality vintage shops like Zip Code and Pop Café emerged. Manchester has changed for better or worse – things come and go – that’s life.

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