Hulme in the 1970s. Dominated by the now demolished Crescents, Hulme’s Victorian ‘slums’ were cleared for a brave new world of high density, deck access housing. Poor build quality and lack of adequate maintenance by Manchester City Council soon led to problems. Large parts of Hulme became home to students and squatters. This cheap (well free really) housing attracted the ‘alternative’ community of the 80s and 90s.
Hulme is now home to the MMU’s new Birley Fields Campus.. a short walk to, and yet a far cry from the bridge made famous by Anton Corbijn’s portrait of Joy Division.