Manchester Cage



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Nation   England

County   Lancashire

Location   Former Market Place,  Manchester

Map location   in the vicinity

Year opened   Unknown

Year closed   Unknown

Building Type   Lock-Up

Remarks   Former Market Place has now been redeveloped. Adjacent to stocks (see separate listing)


'The Medieval market cross of Manchester was standing in 1680. It was situated at the eastern end of the oblong space occupied at one time by the 'Old Shambles' in the market place and opposite the Bull's Head Inn. Nearby stood the court house (SJ 89 NW 19), stocks, gibbet and cage. A new cross, probably simply an obelisk, was erected in 1725 but in 1816 this was removed together with the stocks and pillory. The whole area of the former market place has been re-developed'

Historic England PastScape, 'Market Cross', Manchester

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    Historic England PastScape, 'Market Cross', Manchester



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