So much is changing in Manchester at the moment. New businesses, particularly bars and restaurants, seem to be popping up all the time. And don't get us started on that skyline.
But amid the rapid development, some things have stood the test of time, Covid pandemic and all. So here we celebrate some of the city's oldest businesses that have stuck around no matter what.
Some of these businesses have survived economic recessions, two world wars and even the 1996 IRA bombing to become real Manchester institutions. A fine effort indeed.
1. Sinclair’s Oyster Bar
Sinclair’s is another Grade II-listed building. Having survived the Second World War and the 1996 IRA bombing it was painstakingly relocated, together with the Old Wellington, from its original location near the Arndale (and what used to be Market Square in the 18th century) to the near the Cathedral. Now it has pride of place in the centre of Manchester, and is especially popular on a sunny day. Credit: Google Maps
2. Old Wellington Inn, 1552
There are plenty of old pubs in Manchester that date back to the Victorian era and beyond, but the oldest city centre spot is the Old Wellington, still going strong 471 years later. Credit: Google Maps
3. The Mitre Hotel, 1815
Originally called the Old Church Tavern, the Mitre is one of the oldest hotels in Manchester and has survived two severe bombings during WWII, as well as 1996 IRA bombing, when it was sheltered by the surrounding buildings that took the brunt of the blasts. Credit: Google Maps
4. Withy Grove Stores
Selling safes have been a family business in the city since the 1850s.