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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  • The contrast is rather apparent with The Shambles and the area surrounding. Small tudor buildings where you sit down and have drink and look at modern shopping buildings. Yet it is something worth mar...  more »
  • Very beautiful place to take pictures of the beauty of the area and retaining the old architectural style, and the fact that I always order this place to photograph and explore nearby luxury stores such as Harvey Nichols walsilfrdg
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  • From the center of the city, the Cathedral is. In modern malls around here just feel the atmosphere of the past, must feel a bit strange.
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