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Barton Arcade, Manchester
Shopping arcades first appeared in Italy as early as the thirteenth century. The first modern arcade under cover in Britain was the Royal Opera Arcade in London, built between 1816 and 1818. Barton Arcade in Deansgate Manchester was built in 1874, and is a beautiful Victorian structure of iron and glass. The arcade was extensively restored in the 1980s and now houses exclusive shops, and some office space. The original shop fronts have disappeared, as has the original decorative tiled floor, but Barton Arcade remains a beautifully restored piece of Victorian architecture.
Directions: Barton Arcade can be found at St Ann's Square and Deansgate in the centre of Manchester. Click here for an interactive map centred on Barton Arcade.