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Peter's Fields

Peter's Fields is another of the areas of Manchester that can claim strong links with local history. This area is perhaps most famous for being the site of the Peterloo Massacre in 1819, when police on horseback charged into a crowd of workers protesting against the Corn Laws. 11 people were killed and over 500 were injured, including women and children. It caused an outrage among the media at the time, but no policeman was reprimanded – and the officer who gave the order to charge was commended.

These days, Peter's Fields is a far more sedate area. It does maintain links with its political past as many conferences (including political party conferences) are held at Manchester Central (formerly G-Mex), and occasionally huge protests ensue; however, these tend to be peaceful and well-governed affairs.

There are some excellent venues in the area, including the Bridgewater Hall, which hosts the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra alongside nationally touring acts. Manchester Central has a variety of uses from corporate and industry conferences to the occasional live music event. There are some good pubs and bars in the area too. Rain Bar offers a great range of locally-brewed ales and the Britons' Protection is the oldest pub in Manchester.

Property in Peter's Fields is a mixture of developments and converted buildings. The best of these, like Chepstow House, show how well Victorian buildings can adapt to modern-day needs. On the other hand, the conversion of the seminal Hacienda nightclub into apartments is still viewed by many as a betrayal of one of Manchester's most important venues. However, easy access to the motorway system, Oxford Road train station and the Metrolink to all destinations means that residents are well-served and the area is quieter than many other city centre districts, meaning property in Peter's Fields is in constant demand, and returns on any investment made here are likely to be significant.