Now at one time Salford was the bigger more powerful city, it claims that its library (based out of the building of which I speak) is the first truly free one, and Chapel street was the first gas lit street in the world. In the 50’s they had a round of slum clearances. (In truth they are still at it now.)
It was quite forward thinking of the local council to keep the shop fronts and then go on to build a Victorian street in the basement of the art Gallery. It is totally the best bit, I had visited the museum a few times before I discovered it. Head through the Victorian Gallery and down the stairs out the other door.
They have gone as far as to leave out costumes at the entrance so that if you wish you can become Victorian too. Lark Hill Place (as the street is called) has a toy shop, a clogger, a chemist, a sweet shop (which was open on my last visit) and examples of working and middle class housing. It’s an amazing resource and a good chance for anyone who would like to see a cobbled Victorian street at dusk.