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Plaque Factfile

Location: Great Marlborough St, Manchester City Centre

Erected: 1 January 1992

The History

This little red commemorative plaque can be found about half-way between New Wakefield Street and Hulme Street in Manchester City Centre, in an area that was once known as “Little Ireland”.

Little Ireland was a slum district in Manchester, and one of the poorest areas of the city in the early 19th century. The area was given its name due to being inhabited by many poor Irish immigrants from around 1827 to 1847.

It soon became Manchester’s oldest, smallest and most short lived Irish slum – being mainly dominated by the presence of poorly skilled Irish immigrants.

The area was demolished in 1877, in order to make way for the industrious Victorian capitalists – which is when the Manchester South Junction Railway line was born.

 


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