BY THEO BENNETT
On any given stroll through Manchester’s bustling city centre, it takes no stretch of the imagination to conceive that Manchester has been a thriving centre of commerce for a very long time. Whilst the majority of the hundreds of retailers occupying space in the city have only been there for a couple of decades, they belong to a long tradition of buying and selling that dates back the early days of the Industrial Revolution.
In a short space of time, Manchester vastly grew in size and economic output, becoming one of Britain’s most preeminent cities, a position it has held to this day. Slightly hidden away amongst the domineering structures of the Arndale Centre, The Printworks, and countless retail outlets, evidence of this heritage remains.
In the Northern Quarter, on the rather uninspiringly named ‘High Street’, you will find a series of beautiful orange brick arches, the ornamentation of which draws my attention every time I walk past. Adorning each of these four arches are the words Wholesale Fish Markets, along with a unique fishing-related scene represented in miniature statue form.
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