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Barton Arcade, Manchester

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Barton Arcade is a Victorian shopping arcade in Manchester, England, located between Deansgate and St Ann's Square.

The arcade was listed as a Grade II* listed building on the 25 January 1972. The listing includes the "block of shops (Barton's Building) and offices enclosing the arcades." It was constructed by Corbett, Raby and Sawyer in 1871.

Hartwell describes the Barton's Building facade as "utterly ignorant.. the ground floor pilasters must be seen to be believed." The arcade, however, is "a gorgeous glass and iron shopping arcade with glass domes..., the best example of this type of cast-iron and glass arcade anywhere in the country."

The entrance to the arcade on St Ann's Square incorporates a large, cast iron and glass wall. The two entrances on Deansgate are hidden behind the Barton Building. The building is of "four storeys with an attic, a long nine-bay facade to Deansgate, divided in half horizontally by a balustraded balcony". The structure is composed of cast iron and glass. The iron work was supplied by the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow.

The building was one of the first to be built on the newly widened Deansgate. The arcade was restored in the 1980s. The original shop fronts and decorative floor no longer exist.
The building sustained damage and the dome was shattered during the Manchester Blitz in December 1940.

In 1957 the Barton Arcade was sold privately for a sum "in the region of £200,000" for 12 shops and three floors of offices and showrooms. It was bought by an insurance company and Town and City Properties Ltd. The total net floor area was 55,000 sq ft and in 1957 the rent roll was about £17,000 a year. It is named after its original developer.
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  • This is a beautiful building with some quality establishments; Jeffrey West, PKB (Pot Kettle Black) and the excellent Classic Football Shirts. If I buy a football shirt, it will be a retro shirt and....  more »
  • Came across this store by chance in September, great selection of retro and designer clothes. I didn't purchase anything at the time, but remembered them, so in January had a look on line at Adidas...  more »
  • My favourite place in Manchester. Lovely Victorian arcade with my favourite Spanish Tapas bar/deli. Delicious food, great wine and beer. Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere.
  • Fell over the place as a pure accident. I hadn't been so well and was getting tired after walking in Manchester. In the arcade found this really good restaurant. Can't remember it's name. Wow! What a find. A light lunch was what I wanted. I had one of the poached egg meals. It was a spicy lamb mince with 2 poached eggs on 2 source dough toast. It was stunning but a huge portion. My friend has the eggs benedict. The best he had ever had. Great surprise find.

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