The Taj of Tea Shops in Piccadilly

22 Aug

Lyons Tea Shop. Courtesy D. Jones .

There is very little detailed record of this once unique and distinctive piece of Mughal architecture that quietly stood in Piccadilly. Only the most enquiring and inquisitive would have wondered and noticed such detail as the arched upper windows, the intricate and ornately carved repetitive and geometric detail on the upper balcony, both synonymous with Islamic architecture. And right up until demolition the copper-topped minaret, which hinted at an even more exotic and elaborate architectural past.

Was is known is that earliest Manchester teashops opened between 1904 at 34 Market Street, 1906 at 44 Deansgate and 77 Piccadilly and 1 Princess Street. Two more were opened in 1907, one in 1911, one in 1924 and one in 1931. It is also possible that the Manchester Provincial Bakery opened in one of the teashops in 1906.The building had since being used as a tea shop many year ago and was demolished sometime in the 1990s.

Most people would have not noticed this fine piece of architecture above what was the Our Price music store. What a shame it was not saved for people to rediscover this true rarity.

Lyons Teashop. Courtesy of D. Jones.

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