My grandfather was Fred Briggs (born around 1880 in Manchester). He was the licensee of the Railway Tavern, Stockport (near Manchester)up to around 1925 when he moved to Cornwall. My Uncle Geoffery Briggs was born in Stockport in 1908 and my father Philip Briggs was also born in Stockport in 1912.
I have no personal Manchester connections (other than the above ancestral ones). BRIGGS is often thought to be a very Northern English name (especially Lancashire).