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The hidden architectural gems in one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the UK

  • Cheetham Hill Road is counted as one of the most diverse suburbs in Britain
  • Different communites and religions reside in this small area of Manchester
  • Historical and religious buildings are the hidden gems of Cheetham Hill Road

Cheetham Hill is one of the most diverse suburbs in Britain, comprising of different cultures, races and religions.

It consists of different communities such as Irish, Jewish, Caribbean and Asian settlers. It is located to the north of Manchester city centre and the area is humming with different restaurants, takeaways, fabric shops and groceries.

Cheetham Hill is home to many historic buildings and different religious centres.  In a short distance churches, mosques, Sikh temples and Jewish synagogues can be found.

Prestwich Union Offices

Prestwich Union Offices
Prestwich Union Office converted into a fashion retailers

The Prestwich Union Offices building was constructed between 1861 and 1862 and served as the offices for Prestwich Poor Law Union. It accommodated the guardians of the Prestwich Union Workhouse.

Later, it was an extension to the nearby Cheetham Town Hall, but today is home to Kacoo fashion retailers.

Crumpsall Shul

The historic shul is the Higher Crumpsall’s and Higher Broughton’s Hebrew Congregation which was opened in 1928.

It was famous for its cantilever lady’s gallery as well for its chazan and choir, which are performed throughout the year.

Crumpsall Shul
Old Crumpsall shul on Cheetham Hill

In 2018, the historic 900-seat synagogue changed ownership when the Yeshivas Sha’arie Chaim had bought the shul and property.

The old Crumpsall and Cheetham District Library and railings

This grand old library was rendered as the local library and was built in 1909. 

Old Cheetham Hill Library
Old Cheetham and Crumpsall District Library

The Grade II* listed building was closed after the development a new library nearby. However, many petitions had been raised to try and save the red brick and white limestone building for posterity.

Apart from historic buildings, Cheetham Hill consist of different religious bases in such a short expanse.

Cheetham Hill road Manchester
Street view of Cheetham Hill, Manchester

Cheetham Hill is such a diverse street and home to different communities such as Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Jewish etc.

St Chad's Church and presbytery

St Chad church is a Roman Catholic church which was constructed between 1846 and 1847. St Chad's is the Catholic mother-church of Manchester, tracing its origins back to the 1770s.

St Chad Church manchester
St Chad's Church Manchester

North Manchester Jamia Mosque

This newly-renovated mosque serves as a religious centre for all Muslims. It operates under the headship of Qamar-uz-Zaman Azmi by the Ibadur-Rahman Trust.

Mosque on Cheetham Hill road
North Manchester Jamia Mosque Cheetham Hill, Manchester

It is one of the largest Muslim centres in Europe. Building work began in 1975 but it has recently undergone restoration.

Gurdwara Cheetham Hill

Central Gurdwara
Gurdwara situated on Cheetham Hill Road

In 2000, Central Gurdwara came into being after a long search by the Sikh community for a permanent place for worship.

Over the years the gurdwara has expanded and has become a sign of brilliance where advancement of Sikhi and encouragement of younger generation to get involved in Sikhi is the primary target of the organisation.

The Jewish Museum

Jewish Museum under renovation process
Manchester Jewish Museum on Cheetham Hill road is undergoing refurbishment

This Grade II* building was completed in 1874. It tells the history of Jewish settlement in Manchester over the last 200 years.

The museum is currently undergoing restoration, after winning a £2.9m lottery grant.

Victorian buildings play a significance role in the prosperity of city. Victoria Rathmill, the assistant curator of archaeology, said: “Manchester is home to numerous listed buildings, many of which are still used today.

“Typically, the listed buildings in Manchester have a municipal, ecclesiastic or other cultural heritage. Some of the most notable buildings include the former Bank of England, Prestwich Union Offices, John Rylands Library, Liverpool Road railway station, and Manchester Town Hall.

“The buildings which don’t have a specific function, such as the warehouses and cotton mills of Ancoats, have typically been turned into accommodation or music venues over the years.

" As someone who grew up in Manchester I think if there are buildings within the city from the period which haven’t been restored or renovated, then they should be. Restoration and renovation will preserve Manchester’s history as the first industrialised city.”

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