St. John’s: a place unlike any other.

St. John’s and neighbouring Castlefield are areas of great historic significance. Their cultural heritage is embedded in its Roman beginnings, but overshadowed by the changes Manchester underwent during the industrial revolution to become the world’s first modern metropolis.

The area reflects the impact of the key changes in transport, commerce, industry and entertainment which are preserved in both its architecture and infrastructure.

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The first of Manchester’s Quays is built on the River Irwell at the junction of Water Street and Quay Street.

1772

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The St. John’s community begins to take shape with the creation of roads, St. John’s church, St. John’s market as the area becomes a hub for cargo, cotton and timber trade.

1807

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Liverpool Road railway station opens on 15th September becoming the world’s first inter-city passenger railway solely powerd by timetabled steam locomotives.

1830

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Manchester’s population grows to 182,000 driven by a booming textile trade as the quay at St. John’s continues to evolve.

1831

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A goods yard at St. John’s opens as Liverpool Road railway station closes. The Liverpool Road station frontage still remains and later becomes part of the Museum of Science and Industry.

1844

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The Pineapple Inn serves its first pint becoming the local public house for the St. John’s community. 100 years later the pub (renamed to The Pineapple) is featured on Coronation Street during a scene.

1870

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Granada Studios and ITV announce to set up their HQ at St. John’s. Granada House would later become the first commercial building in Manchester to be built after the war, playing an important part in Manchester’s regeneration.

1956

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The first epsiode of Coronation Street is broadcast

1960

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Granada House formerly opens, a building design by Ralph Tubbs. It would become a key landmark in the city, with the GRANADA TV sign lighting up the Manchester skyline. University Challenge begins filming at Granada Studios in Studio 12. The show would continue to be filmed there until 2013.

1962

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The Beatles perform in Studio 4 of Granada House for the television show People & Places.

1963

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Fans of Coronation Street are able to experience life on the cobbles as the first Coronation Street tours take place.

1988

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ITV leaves the St. John’s site paving the way for a new neighbourhood to begin.

2013

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Allied London acquires St. John’s the new home for Enterprise, Living and Culture in Manchester.

2014

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