This rather pleasant little square bordered by Bridge Street, St Mary's Parsonage and King Street West is generally used by office workers for a spot of dinner, being a bit off the beaten track for shoppers. You can cut across it when passing from Manchester into Salford if you're heading for a booze in Kings Arms or New Oxford, or indeed you have to pass through it if you're heading towards the late night Mojo bar. In the 1880s a large hotel, the Windmill Hotel, stood here, backing onto the long-gone Windmill Street, which used to run in front of the shops in today's photo .
1. Manchester City Centre 1849, Alan Godfrey Maps (2008).