In the heart of Manchester’s Chinatown, near the Chinese Arch,
number 55 Faulkner Street offers a concentration of ghost signs and a doorway that
looks like it leads straight back to Victorian times. Reflecting Manchester’s
leading role in the textiles industry, the signs on this building offer worsteds,
woollens and handkerchiefs.
This handsome warehouse was built by architects Clegg & Knowles in 1870. Clegg & Knowles helped shape the face of modern Manchester, designing good looking warehouses in Peter Street, Portland Street, Spring Gardens, Fountain Street and Albert Square, as well as this gem in Faulkner Street.