Back Streets, Manchester

Many of Manchester's old mills have already found another use, high end apartment living rescuing their dereliction in those around the City Centre, but very nearby to it, only just on the margins, some of its oldest and first factory areas, Ancoats and Bradford, still hold the ghost buildings of the industrial past.  Within them, the first ever Victorian Council house street is still a pristine tribute to efforts to rescue people from the accompanying poverty and filth.  Originally, Anita Street was called Sanitary Street because it had a toilet in every home but early thoughts of gentrification meant it was renamed in the forward thinking sixties to avoid such low connotations. A tiny, closed pub called the 'Bank of England' still sports a proud sign on Pollard Street beside Ancoats Works, both empty now of the people who once filled them.

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