Densely populated with students, Fallowfield is often described as 'transient' these days. But life in the south Manchester suburb wasn't always this way.
Before the bars, takeways and clubs catering for students opened, the high street was lined with bakeries, greengrocers and a gift shop. "We've seen a lot of changes," says Roz, a resident of more than 40 years. "It goes up and down." When Roz moved into her home off Victoria Road in 1975, it was in a 'rotten state'.
Like many properties in the area, it was a house in multiple occupation (HMO) – but back then, young professionals would live in these shared homes. READ MORE: Join the FREE Manchester Evening News WhatsApp community That all changed at the turn of the century when the number of landlords converting properties into student housing accelerated, she says. "It was just like dominoes," says another long-term resident of Clifton Avenue who asks not to be named. "People started selling up.
One family home of five changed to 19 rooms." Earlier this year, a resident of Fallowfield Brow described his neighbourhood as a 'party-club-fested, drunken, drugged up conurbation' that is 'fit for no human life or existence'.Read more on manchestereveningnews.co.uk
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