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THE NORTHERN PART OF ARDWICK is bisected by the Mancunian Way, which was built in the 1960's. Here we are looking towards the Downing Street flyover added in 1994. Straight ahead is UMIST. The tower of the Palace Hotel (Refuge Building) is visible on the left. The Mancunian Way is not the northern edge of Ardwick. The River Medlock marks the official northern boundary of Ardwick.

EWM says: The changes in and around Ardwick have been enormous. 50 years ago most of what we see here didn't exist.

FAIRFIELD STREET runs by Piccadilly (London Road) station and historically has been considered part of Ardwick. Mayfield Station (right) was built in the first decade of the 20th century as an overspill station for London Road. It was closed to passengers in the 50's and was used as a goods station. It has been empty for many years and could yet be redeveloped for passenger use.

EWM says: You can see the interior of Mayfield Station in the tv drama Prime Suspect 5.

TEMPERANCE STREET runs alongside the brick railway viaduct constructed in the early 1840's. Row upon row of tiny houses once extended off to the left of Temperance Street. They were finally removed in the slum clearances of the 1960's. The name 'Temperance' recalls the campaign movement of the Victorian era which sought to banish the demon drink and its destructive effects on the working classes

EWM says: Shortly before the 1960's slum clearances, the area was documented in great detail by local photographers. You can view the photographs at the Central Library Archives and Local Studies Unit.

ARDWICK'S STREET NAMES give hidden clues to the history of the area and the people who lived there. Chancellor Lane was previously called Chancery Lane. Blind Lane is probably so called because it comes to a dead end by the now disused railway viaduct. Devonshire Street may be a reminder of the south west English county which in the 19th century still ended with -shire - or perhaps it commemorates an earl or duke? Higher Ardwick refers to the area to the north east of Ardwick Green and can be seen on the 1800 map. The name Ardwick is said to come from King Athelred - also known as Ard, and wic - old English for farm, dwelling or village. Other resonant street names which have since disappeared include Dark Lane, Tempest Street and Chapelfield Road

EWM says: The ravaged condition of these street signs give a clue to the present state of the area.

BLIND LANE is a side street which leads off from Devonshire Street North under the Manchester to Stockport railway line and along by the disused railway viaduct which once carried trains to Victoria station. The arches provide commercial space for car repair workshops and other small businesses.

EWM says: The cobblestones, damp brickwork, the shadowy underside of the railway viaduct are all characteristic of the old Ardwick.

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