Quay Street

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Quay Street
Quay Street, Manchester.jpg
Length0.3 mi (0.5 km)
Coordinates53°28′44″N 2°15′08″W / 53.4788°N 2.2523°W / 53.4788; -2.2523
east end A56
west endWater Street
Granada Studios, Quay Street

Quay Street is a street in the city centre of Manchester, England. The street, designated the A34, continues Peter Street westwards towards the River Irwell and Salford. It is the northern boundary of Spinningfields, the city's business district and Castlefield, the historical area of the city lies to the south. Quay Street was created in the 18th century for access to a quay on the river and is lined by several listed buildings.

Edward Byrom built a quay on the River Irwell in the 1730s and the street was built to link it to Deansgate which was then known as Aldport Lane. In 1794 it was extended eastwards to Mosley Street.[1] Richard Cobden's red brick townhouse, built in the Georgian style was the first home of Owens College and afterwards Manchester County Court. It is a Grade II* listed building.[2] In the 1840s Harry Stokes, Manchester's 'female husband', ran a beerhouse at numbers 3 - 5 Quay Street. The Hospital for Skin Diseases was in Quay Street. The Opera House, formerly the New Theatre, was built in 1912 by Richardson and Gill with Farquarson in the Classical style.[3]

Architect Joseph Sunlight, built the Grade II* listed Sunlight House.[4] He had planned to build the Quay Street Tower, a 360-foot (110 m) highrise art deco building behind Sunlight House but was refused planning permission. Had it been built, it would have been not only Manchester's tallest building, but the tallest in Europe.[5]

The street is known for Granada Studios, the UK's first purpose-built television studios and home to Granada Television.[6] The building was designed by architect, Ralph Tubbs and was an early example of a building constructed using the curtain wall method.[7] In September 2010, the red 'Granada TV' sign was removed from the building as it was extensively corroded.[8]

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  1. ^ "Deansgate/Peter Street Conservation Area". Manchester Council. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  2. ^ "County Court, Manchester". Listed Buildings Online. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  3. ^ "The Opera House, Manchester". Listed Buildings Online. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Sunlight House, Manchester". Listed Buildings Online. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  5. ^ Quay Street Tower, Manchester - Building #1200
  6. ^ "Granada stays at Quay Street". Manchester Evening News. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Granada TV Building, Manchester". The Twentieth Century Society. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  8. ^ "ITV removes famous Granada sign from Manchester studios". Manchester Evening News. M.E.N. Media. 26 September 2010.

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