Hulme is an ex-industrial suburb to the south of the City of Manchester. It is known for its social and economic decline in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and its subsequent redevelopment in the 1990s, as part of one of Europe’s biggest urban regeneration projects.
The area received its name from the Danish expression for a small island surrounded by water or marshland, until the 18th century it remained solely a farming area, and pictures from the time show an idyllic scene of crops, sunshine and country life. The area remained entirely rural until the Bridgewater Canal was cut and the Industrial Revolution swept economic change through the neighbouring district of Castlefield where the Dukes’ canal terminated. The industrial revolution brought development to the area.
In 1904, two businessmen known as Henry Royce and Charles Stewart Rolls created a business partnership after meeting at Manchester’s Midland Hotel and decided to start to build their own versions of the relatively new invention of the motor car – and chose Hulme for their first Rolls-Royce factory. Many street names in the current Hulme commemorate this little piece of history, such as Royce Road and Rolls Crescent, though to the Royce public house.
The Hulme Crescents dominated the skyline of Hulme for nearly two decades beginning in 1972. In their day they were one of the largest housing complexes of their kind in Europe. At the time, the “Crescents” won several design awards and introduced technologies such as underfloor heating. They were also popular because they were some of the first council homes in Manchester to have central heating
However, the Crescents are no more as they were demolished to make way for more traditional housing
Hulme has a thriving community – with shops, entertainment, work and education on the doorstep. There’s a large Asda superstore on Princess Road. Nearby Hulme market has a selection of food and craft stalls, and there are more local shops, post office and library along Stretford Road.
The city centre, with employment, leisure and entertainment facilities is within walking distance or just a few minutes on one of the regular buses. The universities are a short walk and Manchester Aquatics centre, with its Olympic sized swimming pool is close by too.
Hulme offers one, two, three and four-bed properties many of these being houses with parking and gardens – possibly to closest houses to the City Centre. There is also a good selection of apartments.
Julie’s view on Hulme
Hulme offers houses therefore if you have a pet this is certainly the place for you, with many apartments not allowing pets. There’s a lot of different accommodation to choose from and the heart of Manchester is within walking distance.
Properties in this area rent out quickly achieving good rents. You do get more for your money due to being slightly out of the City.
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