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The Lexicon (formerly known as Television House)
In 1974, Croftons took up residence at its current location in Television House (now, The Lexicon), Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5FA. The site used to be the home of the City Theatre and before that a circus. As the firm has expanded, further floor space has been obtained. In the 1970′s, Croftons was a very varied practice and work predominantly included Housing Association property matters, residential conveyancing, criminal matters, matrimonial, probate and wills and consultancy to the Co-operative Union.
Croftons occupied 44-46 Brazennose Street, Manchester for over 100 years from 1872. The Brazennoze Street building was demolished to make way for the redevelopment of Albert Square.
In c.1983 Croftons opened an office in Edgeley, Stockport (126a Castle Street, Edgeley, Stockport) with the intention of serving the large proportion of their client base who lived in South Manchester, offering services predominantly in residential conveyancing and wills and probate. This office was run by partner, Mr Stewart Bradley along with secretarial staff/article clerks (Pat Dyson, Tracey Hine, Andrew Bradley (no relation) and Cathy Perks). In 1989 due to the down turn in residential conveyancing and with the opening of the Sheffield office, the decision was made to close the Stockport office and work was transferred back to Manchester with some work to another solicitor in the locality.
In 1988, Croftons took an office at 20 Westfield Terrace, Sheffield to service work for Northern Counties Housing Association in their Eastern Region. A small team, headed up by Mr Stewart Bradley continued work in social housing until 1991, by which point technological advances meant it made commercial sense for all work to be returned to the Manchester office.
Manchester Office Annex – Princes Buildings, Oxford Road
The relationship with Northern Counties Housing Association went from strength to strength in the 1980s and in 1987, Croftons took office space in Northern Counties Housing Association’s building in Princess Buildings, Oxford Road, Manchester until 1997 when Northern Counties Housing Association required the space back. All work was transferred back to the main Manchester office.
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