Located on the site of the former St Michael's Church which was once described as "the ugliest church in Manchester " the site and area has a rich historical heritage. The church was demolished in 1935; however, some grave stones from the churchyard remain. The Angel Meadow, lower section, of the site became the largest pauper burial ground in Manchester; it is estimated that 40,000 poor people were buried here between 1788 and 1816.
The historic buildings such as the two former 'Ragged schools', factories and warehouses which adjoin the site and bear witness to the poverty of this former slum area. Engels referred to this area as ' Irish Town ', whilst Charles Dickens is said to have been inspired by the area to create his workhouse in 'Hard Times'.
A set of steps (currently closed off for Health and Safety reasons) is featured in several of LS Lowry's paintings including 'View of a Town', 1936 and ' Britain at Play', 1943
Location and Access
Angel Street is located off Rochdale Rd (A664). Bus numbers 17, 18 and 163 from the City Centre go regularly up Rochdale Road. Alight between Particular Baptish Chapel and the Marble Arch pub; go down Sharp Street , Ludgate Hill or Gould Street.
Size - 3 hectares
This site is the 'City Gateway' to the Irk Valley. A short walk down Aspin Lane then onto Dantzic Street reveals the River Irk.
Recreation and Usage
Urban community green space and city centre gateway to the Irk Valley
There are disabled entrances at Style Street and Old Mount Street . In the next phase of development, we hope to open up an entrance onto Aspin Lane, along the River Irk to St Catherine's. The park is open 24 hours a day