Manchester Street Names


of Manchester City Centre

Listed alphabetically – Continued….


Author W Jackson writes about this street and district
in his book ‘Manchester’s Little Jerusalem: the Changing Face of Red
Bank’ . Immigrant Jewish families made their homes in the densely
populated slum districts closest to the existing Jewish Quarter, such
as Red Bank and Strangeways. Red Bank was also a site of bull baiting
in earlier times. The name probably derives from a corruption of “Reed

Sometime in
the 18th century a new and major fresh water supply came from
springs in Spring Gardens and the present
to supply the very busy commercial area that had sprung
up around the cathedral. This came into its own after the Irk
became unsanitary as a source of drinking water and before fresh
water was to be piped from Thirlmere in the Lake District, some
100 miles north.

This street was
named after a shallow stream which flowed down from Newton Heath,
along the course of the present Oldham Road and was culverted underground
in 1783 to remedy its regular flooding and to flow on unseen beneath
the streets of Manchester into the River Medlock. It was known, somewhat
grandly, as the River Tib, and the footpath that ran alongside all
the way down to Market Street was known as Tib Street. The “river”
eventually became a sewer in the nineteenth century. Only a vestigial
stretch of the street now survives, running from Swan Street and paralleling
Oldham Street into the top end of Market Street near to Piccadilly

First known appearance
of the name was in 1552, as ‘Towdlane’ where the ancient Court Leet
met, possibly from old Lancashire dialect “t’ owd lane”
(the old lane). Some accounts even suggest that the ditch that once
was there was a breeding ground for toads! However, by 1609 it was
known as ‘Crooked Lane’ (alias Tode Lane), and in 1618 ‘New Street’
(alias Toade Lane). Little now remains, only a short vestigial length
alongside Victoria Station, and a small triangular car parking plot.
Toad Lane (later known as Todd Street) was the birthplace of Anne
Lee, later known as Mother Ann Lee, who emigrated to New England in
America to flee religious persecution and founded the Shaker Movement
(aka. ‘The Shaking Quakers’ ) in Canterbury, New Hampshire.

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