Afflecks - Tib Street

This building on Tib Street, in Manchester's Northern Quarter, is occupied by Afflecks and was once home to Affleck's Palace, an iconic, trendy, fashion marketplace popular with Manchester's youth.  Today the building is adorned with a dramatic galvanized steel tree created by the Manchester blacksmith, David Hyde.  In an article in the Manchester Evening News on the 25th of June 2011, the building's manager Tony Martin was quoted as saying that, “We felt that the root of the tree would represent Afflecks being first established in 1982 and the tree growing represents how the business has evolved over the years.”  He added that, “I relished in the idea of being able to create something that was slightly surreal and it was great to be given the opportunity to bring something rural in to the urban.”

The front of the building faces on to Oldham Street.  The image below, taken in March of 2014, shows the façade that has been recently refurbished.

In 2012 a series of mosaics were added to the window spaces along Tib Street depicting aspects of Manchester's cultural, economic and sporting history.  They were created by the mural artist Mark Kennedy.

The building became Afflecks Palace in the 1980s and it traded under that name for more than a decade until March of 2008. 

It reopened a month later, under new management by Bruntwood, the property developer,  as Afflecks.  The new "Afflecks" describes its offering as follows: "Afflecks is an emporium of eclecticism, a totem of indie commerce in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and above all else a fantastic place to shop for anything from Top hats to tattoos."


The building, which runs from Tib Street to Oldham Street along Dale Street, was once owned by R. Lomas, a manufacturer and retailer of mantles.  This included a wide variety of garments worn loosely over other clothing.  The most obvious being cloaks.

Below you can see a sketch map based on the 1888 map of this area showing the building in question.

In the image below, taken from one of my old postcards, you can see Lomas's on the left as you look down Oldham Street.

The image below is even older and it gives you a closer view of the building.

When you blow up the image you can see Robert Lomas's name on the front.

At a later date Lomas's gave way to C&A.  If you click on the link below you can see the building when C&A were in residence.

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