The Shambles, Manchester

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Shambles Square is a square in Manchester, England, created in 1999 around the rebuilt Old Wellington Inn and Sinclair's Oyster Bar next to The Mitre Hotel.Etymology"Shambles" was a name originally used for a street of butchers shops where meat was slaughtered and sold. It is derived from the Middle English word schamel, which meant a bench, as for displaying meat for sale. A shambles would have had blood, pieces of meat and offal running down the gutter, and although the original meaning of the word fell into disuse, it survived as a word meaning a scene of disorder. There are also streets known as "The Shambles" in other towns in the United Kingdom, such as York, Stroud, Worcester, Sevenoaks, Chesterfield and Armagh, and a public house in Lutterworth which was once a butcher's shop and abbatoir.
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  • Just as I imagine England to Robin Hood's time. This timber-framed buildings are typical English as well as large mansions and cricket for me
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  • A very popular meeting / drinking place . However personally I found the use of old plastic glasses , and overcrowding totally off putting . We opted for inside where you can enjoy a drink in a glass ...  more »
  • A lovely outdoor area (if weathers ok), to sit and watch the world go by. Nice atmosphere and surprisingly ok for a reasonably priced drink! Often wandered through this area as it's very close to shop...  more »

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