List of warehouses in Manchester

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Manchester is a product of the Industrial Revolution, recognisable for its industrial past. The city is synonymous for its canals, railway viaducts, cotton mills and warehouses which were used to store or house goods before or after transit. As a result of the Industrial Revolution, the city amassed a wide array of warehouses dating from before the Victorian era (1837–1901) to the end of the Edwardian (1910).

The city has examples of six main warehouse types: display of goods, overseas, packing, shipping, railway and canal warehouses. In 1806 there were just over 1,000 but by 1815 this had almost doubled to 1,819. Manchester was dubbed "warehouse city". The earliest were built around King Street although by 1850 warehouses had spread to Portland Street and later to Whitworth Street. They are direct descendants of the canal warehouses of Castlefield.


Warehouse Image Description Completed Ref.
Dale Street Warehouse
Dale Street, Northern Quarter
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Grade II*. Canal warehouse, including subterranean water-wheel. Built in 1806 by William Crossley. Recognised as the earliest canal warehouse in Manchester. 1806 [1]
1830 warehouse, Liverpool Road railway station
Liverpool Road, Castlefield
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Grade I. Recognised as the world's first railway warehouse.[2][3] Designer is unknown, attributed to both architect Thomas Haigh and George Stephenson. 1830 [4][5]
Jackson's Warehouse
Piccadilly Basin, Northern Quarter
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Grade II*. One of the earliest examples of 'shipping holes', which allow boats to unpack goods under the building.[6] Renovated in 2003, now apartments and commercial space. 1836 [7]
Victoria and Albert Warehouses
Water Street
Grade II. Warehouses for Mersey and Irwell Navigation Company, now a hotel. c. 1838 [8][9]
Bradley House
40 Port Street, Northern Quarter
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Grade II. Shipping warehouse, probably for Kessler & Co., a machine manufacturing company. One of the very few plainly decorated warehouses in Victorian Manchester, noted for its simple Georgian style. 1850 [10]
Watts Warehouse
Portland Street, Manchester city centre
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Grade II*. Ornate style typifies the extravagant confidence of many Mancunian warehouses of this period, but the Watts Warehouse is notable for its peculiarly eclectic design. Building has five storeys – each decorated in a different style – Italian Renaissance, Elizabethan, French Renaissance and Flemish – and roof pavilions featuring large Gothic wheel windows. 1856 [11]
63 George Street
19 Dickinson Street, Manchester city centre
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Grade II. Merchant's warehouse in an Italian palazzo style. Now offices and restaurant. 1857 [12]
Charlotte House
Back George Street, Manchester city centre
Grade II. Cotton merchants' warehouse by Edward Walters. Sandstone ashlar and light red brick exterior. Italian palazzo style. 1857 [13]
Behrens Building
127–133 Portland Street, Manchester city centre
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Grade II. Various shipping warehouses, built by P.Nunn for Louis Behrens and Sons. Red brick and sandstone exterior. Strong horizontal emphasis which fronts onto Portland Street. 1860 [14]
Lancashire House
Bootle Street, Manchester city centre
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Grade II. Probably merchant's warehouse. Sandstone ashlar exterior at ground floor, red brick with sandstone dressings above 1860 [15]
109 and 111, Portland Street Grade II. Various warehouses, now partly bar and nightclub. Red brick exterior in Flemish

bond, with sandstone dressings and slate roof. A mixed eclectic style.

1860 [16]
London Warehouse
10 Ducie Street
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Grade II. Railway warehouse for Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway near the basin of the Ashton Canal. Originally four similar buildings were built, but only one remains.[17] 1867 [18]
Harvester House
2 Bootle Street
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Grade II. Described as "probably a merchant's warehouse" by English Heritage. Designed by Clegg and Knowles; has altered. Sandstone ashlar exterior and slate roof. 1868 [19]
101 Princess Street
Major Street
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Shipping warehouse by Clegg and Knowles in a Palazzo style. Red brick exterior in Flemish bond, with sandstone dressings (roof not visible from street). Parallelogram plan on island site with a rear loading bay. Later converted to offices and a nightclub. 1869 [20]
Brazil House
63 Bloom Street
Grade II. Pair of shipping warehouses; now offices. Described as "Eclectic style, with some Gothic features" by English Heritage. 1870 [21]
Albion Wharf
82 Hewitt Street
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Grade II*. Red brick exterior with sandstone dressings and a slate roof. Designed in a Venetian Gothic style. 1870 [22]
Basil House
105 Portland Street
Grade II. Trade Warehouse. Probably iron-framed, with exterior of red brick, sandstone dressings and slate roof. Designed in an eclectic style. Forms group with No.103 to left, and with No. 109 and 111, and 113 to 119 to right, together comprising a complete block of former warehouses. 1870 [23]
Chepstow House
Chepstow Street
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Grade II. Originally shipping warehouse by Speakman, Son and Hickson, for textile merchant Sam Mendel. Red brick with sandstone dressings exterior. 1874 [24]
Central House
74 Princess Street
Shipping warehouse by Corson and Aitken. Red brick with red sandstone dressings, steeply-pitched

slate roof with obelisk finials. Described as "Scottish Baronial" style by English Heritage.

1880 [25]
Great Northern Warehouse
Watson Street, Manchester
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Grade II*. Built by Great Northern Railway. A unique survival of a 3-way railway goods exchange station, serving the railway, canal and road networks of the Manchester region. Built to be fully fire proof, it was considered in its day to be one of the most advanced railway goods exchanges in the country.[26] 1885–96, and 1899 [27]
18–24 Princess Street
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c. 1870s
Sevendale House
Spear Street
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Grade II 1903 [28]
1 Central Street
County Street
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Grade II. Probably a warehouse in a simplified palazzo style. Now offices. c. 1865 [29]
Austin House
12 Charlotte Street
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Grade II. Textile merchants' warehouses; now offices. Designed by Edward Walters in an Italian palazzo style. Altered since opening; now offices 1860 [30]
12 Charlotte Street Grade II. Built as a home trade warehouse. Extension of the Austin House warehouse building. Basement and five-storeys, sandstone ashlar exterior. Narrow plan on corner site. Now offices 1870 [31]
110–114 Portland Street Grade II. Warehousing, probably textiles or clothing. Designed by Charles Heathcote in an Romanesque style. Irregular trapeziform plan with sandstone ashlar and red brick exterior 1880 [32]
49 Spring Gardens
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Grade II. Textiles warehouse by Alfred Waterhouse. Sandstone ashlar exterior and mansard slate roof.

Rectangular plan on end-of-block site, with curved corners, and loading bay to rear. Eclectic style, with some Gothic motifs.

1891 [33]
Tootal, Broadhurst and Lee Building
Whitworth Street
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Grade II*. Formerly home to Tootal, Broadhurst and Lee Co., a cotton manufacturing company.[34] 1898 [35]
107 Piccadilly
London Road
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Grade II. Cotton manufacturers' showroom and warehouse, now hotel and restaurant. Designed by Charles Heathcote, possibly for Horrocks Crewdson & Co or Sparrow Hardwick & Company. 1899 [36]
Princes Building
34 Oxford Street
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Grade II. Designed by I.R.E.Birkett in an Art Nouveau style. Now offices and retail units 1903 [37]
Asia House, Manchester
82 Princess Street
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Grade II*. Edwardian Baroque by Harry S. Fairhurst. Interior described as "unusually elaborate" and "probably the best example of its kind in any Manchester warehouse" with Art Nouveau and Venetian Gothic motifs. 1909 [38]
Canada House
3 Chepstow Street
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Grade II. Packing warehouse by William G. Higginbottom in Art Nouveau style. Five storeys with basement and double attic. Cast-iron frame with steel truss roof. 1909 [39]
Lancaster House, Manchester
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Edwardian Baroque by Harry S. Fairhurst. Grade II* 1910 [40]
Bridgewater House
Whitworth Street
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Packing and shipping warehouse by Harry S. Fairhurst. Grade II 1912 [41]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dale Warehouse, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  2. ^ "Old Main Goods Warehouse". Engineering Timelines. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  3. ^ "1830 Warehouse". Museum of Science and Industry. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  4. ^ "Old Warehouse to North of Former Liverpool Road Railway Station, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  5. ^ "The 1830 Warehouse, Liverpool Road Station, Manchester" (PDF). Museum of Science and Industry. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  6. ^ "Jackson's Warehouse". Engineering Timelines. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  7. ^ "Former Rochdale Canal Warehouse, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1254727)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  9. ^ McNeil, Robina; Nevell, Michael (2000). A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Greater Manchester. Association for Industrial Archaeology. p. 12. ISBN 0-9528930-3-7.
  10. ^ "Bradley House, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  11. ^ "Watts Warehouse". Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  12. ^ "63, George Street, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  13. ^ "Charlotte House". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  14. ^ "127–133, Portland Street, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  15. ^ "Lancashire House, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  16. ^ "109 and 111, Portland Street". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  17. ^ "Ducie Street Warehouse". Engineering Timelines. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  18. ^ "London Warehouse, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  19. ^ "Harvester House, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  20. ^ "101, Princess Street, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  21. ^ "Brazil House, Manchester". britishlistedbuildings. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  22. ^ "13–17, Albion Street, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  23. ^ "Basil House". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  24. ^ "Chepstow House". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  25. ^ "Central House, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  26. ^ "Great Northern Deansgate Warehouse". Engineering Timelines. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  27. ^ "Deansgate Goods Station and Attached Carriage Ramp, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  28. ^ "Sevendale House, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  29. ^ "1–5, Central Street". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  30. ^ "Austin House, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  31. ^ "12 Charlotte Street, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  32. ^ "110–114, Portland Street, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  33. ^ "49 Spring Gardens". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  34. ^ "Tootal Broadhurst Lee Co". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  35. ^ "Tootal, Broadhurst and Lee Building, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  36. ^ "107, Piccadilly, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  37. ^ "Princes Buildings, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  38. ^ "Asia House, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  39. ^ Historic England. "Canada House, 3 Chepstow Street (1208597)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2012-09-11.
  40. ^ "Lancaster House, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  41. ^ "Bridgewater House, Manchester". Retrieved 2012-10-10.