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Exploring Manchester’s Hidden Gem: The Fascinating History Of Pomona Island

May 2nd 2024

Pomona Island, Manchester

In this guide we will be shining a light on the ‘Lost Island of Manchester’ and its impressive history spanning more than 100 years. Despite Pomona Island being a lesser known area of the city in comparison to neighboring locations such as Salford Quays and MediaCityUK, this 26-acre dockland site is on its way to becoming a vibrant waterside location. 

Opening back in 1845, Pomona Island was originally known as “Strawberry Gardens” and was at the heart of Manchester’s entertainment scene during the Industrial Revolution. The island was home to the Royal Pomona Palace which during its time was the largest of its kind in the country, seating up to 30,000 people. Carry on reading to find out more about its fascinating history and regeneration! 

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History Of Pomona Island 

In addition to the Royal Pomona Palace which attracted thousands of visitors each year, the island also featured a stunning botanical garden and an impressive range of amusements and activities, and was marketed as “the countryside without the need for a train ticket”.

After a chemical explosion at a nearby factory damaged the palace significantly, the island then went on to serve the Manchester Ship Canal for many years, and was even home to Manchester’s first and only boat nightclub in the 1970s. 

The area then sat as a wasteland for decades and its rich history became forgotten about, until developments began in recent years. 

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Pomona Island Developments

As part of a regeneration scheme of Pomona Island by Peel L&P, X1 has delivered multiple brand new developments to the rental market.

Peel L&P have huge plans to develop this up-and-coming location into thousands of apartments, shops, offices, green spaces and more in the years to come, with developments set to be finished by 2035. 

Forming part of Peel’s wider Strategic Waters master plan, X1 Manchester Waters was the beginning step in injecting life back into the area, with the first waterfront development opening back in April 2020. Upon completion, the area will feature five towers, and will deliver 742 homes for private market rent. 

Pomona Island was once overlooked and deserted but is now buzzing with potential, and is drawing attention as an up-and-coming location for those seeking urban living in Manchester. Nestled amidst picturesque waterways and green spaces, our properties on Pomona Island offer a range of studio, 1 , 2 and 3 bedroom apartments.

Featuring state-of-the-art living spaces including cinema lounges, fully equipped gyms, secure underground parking and a leafy courtyard, X1 Manchester Waters invites you to be part of something special! 

With ongoing development projects planned to bring a new lease of life to Pomona Island, X1 Manchester Waters stands as a testament to the area’s transformation, offering a glimpse into the future of urban living in Manchester. 

To find out more about Manchester’s ‘Lost Island’ take a watch of our Property Experts video below.

Get in touch with us today at hello@x1management.com if you’re interested in being a part of the exciting regeneration of Pomona Island, or you’re looking for a vibrant place to live in the heart of the UK’s ‘Second City’ of Manchester. 

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