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Moss Side in 1906
Moss Side in 1906: Princess Rd & Moss Lane East

Photograph courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives (Image m31789)

Moss Side was originally a rural township in the Hundred of Salford. It lies to the south of Manchester city centre and borders the districts of Greenheys and Whalley Range. These latter two districts are often referred to as being in Moss Side.

Moss Side in 1968
Terraced houses in Moss Side, 1968

With the Industrial Revolution came a rapid increase in population and mass development of terraced houses. The area became very heavily populated and over the years became known as a notorious inner-city deprived area.

The area has shown signs of improvement and the large West Indian community of Moss Side create a spectacular carnival parade each year.

Photograph courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives (Image m32315)
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