Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: Manchester: Photo 16
The mills were once surrounded by slums, now cleared. Here's perhaps the first slum-clearance project at Ancoats. It's Victoria Square, built in the 1890s after a municipal design competition was won by the firm of Spalding and Cross. Like so many urban-renewal projects, this one had rents too high for mill workers, who were displaced to more distant slums.
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