Our Developments and their Historical Sites
Updated: Jul 13
Today we are taking you back in time to visit the historical sites of three of our Manchester developments.
With Manchester having been first built on in 79AD, the land itself has a vibrant history. Our developments will feature Salford and Manchester as we dive deeper into the history of the sites in which people now reside.
X1 Manchester Waters
Situated on Pomona Island between Salford Quays and Central Manchester, sits X1 Manchester Waters. This island, separated by the River Irwell and a canal was once known as Manchester's most visited attraction in the mid 1800's.
Advertised as a place to visit the countryside without having to board a train, people would flock to visit the Pomona Gardens, and later Zoological Gardens. People could practice archery, picnic, play and go on rides in the area and it was so popular, that in the 1870's Pomona Palace was built on a portion of the site. The Palace was extremely big and could fit 30,000 people inside as it often did. This palace also featured ballrooms, an orchestra pit, a clock tower and gigantic dining rooms. Unfortunately, a local chemical factory exploded around 10 years after its opening and destroyed most of the palace, which was sadly never refurbished.
Now on the Island, owned by Peel L&P, sits the X1 Manchester Waters development that is currently under construction. This development's first section is due for completion this year and will upon final completion, offer the area 546 apartments on the island, with waterfront views from both sides.
Originally the site of the Old School Inn, the public house was rebuilt in 1886 following the creation of Blackfriars Road in the 1880's and became The Black Friar.
The pub itself was a renowned local, with visitors coming to drink frequently in the Grade II listed building. On the side of the building you can see stone bee's, no doubt a nod to Manchester itself and the words 'You May Go Further And Fare Worse'. The building was even known as the Blackfriar's hotel for a time and was reportedly successful. The pub was unfortunately closed in 2002 and from there, sat empty for over 10 years.
Now known as Local Blackfriars, this development has maintained the integrity of the Grade II listed building and refurbished the inside, whilst building the apartments surrounding it. Chef Aiden Byrne is also set to run the restaurant inside the old Pub and attract many visitors due to his success. The gated community is already completed and ready for residents, offering them access to a cinema room, yoga studio and gym.
The Residence at Anchorage
Now known as The Anchorage, with its own designated tram stop overlooking the waterfronts of Salford Quays, the Residence at Anchorage site used to house a 163-foot tall Grain Elevator in the years of the area operating as Salford Docks.
The building itself would hold thousands of tons of grain as it came off of the ships from the dock and was stored there throughout decades of operation. With its waterfront location, this made it very easy for the boats to offload their shipments and shuttle it into the building in little time.
The building was eventually demolished in 1983 after years of operation and on that site began works to build a large office site, eventually housing Barclays, Bupa and other well known companies. The works to build what is now known as The Anchorage, began in 1991 and as this building grew, so did the area around it. Now in the heart of Salford Quays and a stone's throw away from MediaCityUK, the area has developed significantly and progressed with time.
The building is now undergoing construction to turn the east side of the building into The Residence at Anchorage, and is due for completion in Q2 2021. The development will convert the building into 133 apartments with excellent Metrolink connections, perfect for young professionals and families alike.
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