It’s amazing what you can discover if you get off the beaten track of the main streets of Manchester. Byrom Street has no particular eye popping attractions, although the history of the area will make you realise how important it is to the city.
If you stand on Quay Street with the Opera House behind you, the street opposite has an array of blue plaques which detail many people who have changed the face of world politics and science.
Right on the corner is a plaque for Richard Cobden who was instrumental in the free trade movement. Another plaque on the building is of Edward Frankland who discovered Helium and Henry Enfield Roscoe who was another prominent scientist.
Across the road is a plaque for Bonnie Prince Charlie who also used the area as a base.
The region is reminiscent of London and its Edwardian townhouses, which would have been homes. But now Manchester is not really known as a residential city, they are now mostly offices.
Manchester is also not known to have much green space, but if we do, it doesn’t normally stay green for too long. So to find an inner city park like St John’s Gardens is fantastic. I like to escape to here when the rat race has become too much. 10 minutes in the park will recharge anyone’s batteries, and it is only 2 minutes back to any crazy Manchester street.
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Byrom St, Manchester, M3 4PF
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