SJ8498 : The Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Oak Street

taken 3 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

The Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Oak Street
The Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Oak Street
During the nineteenth century, the area now known as the Northern Quarter was dominated by the Smithfield Market. This first appeared on the map in 1844, when the stalls which would become the Smithfield Market began to pop up in the Shudehill area. The Smithfield Fish and Poultry Market was opened in 1873 on Oak Street. At the height of its success, in 1953, Smithfield Market dominated the site bounded by Shudehill, Swan Street, Oak Street and Thomas Street. It featured a market office, covered market, wholesale fish market, fish market office, and retail fish market. There were numerous warehouses dedicated to the storage of fruit and vegetables and on Blossom Street, in Ancoats, an ice plant for the preservation of produce.

The wholesale market hall was closed in 1972 and parts of the complex were demolished; the market stalls were relocated to the New Smithfield Market at Openshaw. The former Smithfield Retail Fish Market has since been converted into a Craft Villa where a number of artists sell their creations out of small shops and stalls, arranged within the original fish traders’ shops which retain the traders' names. There is also a café and an exhibition space.

This view is of the Oak Street façade. “Maker Bee”, one of the “Bee in the City” sculptures can be seen in the square outside.

LinkExternal link Manchester Evening news The Way We Were
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Bee in the City

The city’s worker bee motif has been part of the city’s heraldry for more than 150 years as an emblem of the industrious Mancunian spirit. During 2017, it took on an even more powerful meaning as a symbol of unity following the tragic events of May 22 LinkExternal link .

Bee in the City was a large scale public art event which took place in Manchester between 23 July and 23 September 2018. More than 100 large, fibreglass bee sculptures were placed at the city’s landmarks and some lesser known “undiscovered gems”. Each of the bees, which stand 1½ metres in height, was decorated with its own unique design, created by regional professional, emerging and amateur artists to celebrate the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene (LinkExternal link Bee in the City website).

At the end of the event, the majority (77) of the bees were auctioned to raise funds for the We Love MCR Charity LinkExternal link . All 131 little Bees created by children and young people as part of the Learning Programme were returned to the schools and youth groups that designed them.

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Date Taken
Monday, 6 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Saturday, 11 August, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  People, Events  Business, Retail, Services 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 844 986 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.0547N 2:14.1389W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 844 986
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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