Jill’s Jaunts -Manchester part 1

Architecturally interesting

Manchester, one of the principal British cities of the Northwest. It’s only 19 miles away from me, yet in a different county. It differs quite a bit from my West Yorkshire former textile town of Huddersfield, in that it is quite a bit larger and has a history not just in textiles, but of shipping and packing.

The architecture is different too. While a lot of Huddersfield’s buildings are made with local sandstone, Manchester, and other Lancashire towns, use lots of red brick.

Some history

There has been a settlement in Manchester since before Roman times, and since then has grown and flourished, though in different ways. With the coming of the railway and ship canal, Manchester was linked to the great Northwestern port of Liverpool, establishing a major trade route between the two. Warehouses and packing houses sprang up, and the city in the late 19th century was a thriving hub of trade and industry, with the materials produced from the mills in the city and outlying towns being shipped out, and resources such as coal coming in.

These are the Crown Court buildings

With all this in mind, and the camera in my pocket, we decided to catch a train into Manchester to explore the bits we’d not normally notice. We usually just stick to the shops.

In Sackville Gardens, there is a memorial to Alan Turing, the man who broke the Enigma Code during WW2. He is credited with being the creator of the first proper computer
This grand structure was the Refuge Assurance Co. Ltd building built in 1895. They moved premises a good few years ago and got swallowed up by bigger companies. I think it’s the Palace Hotel now.
One of many gables
We wondered how, among such wealth and grandeur, could such a lot of Manchester’s citizens be living alongside all this, often in squalid conditions


73 Whitworth Street is part of India House. It was built in 1906 by Henry S Fairhurst in the Baroque style as a packing and shipping warehouse for Lloyds Packing, and is a Grade II listed building, like most of its neighbours. During the 1990’s, Noel Gallagher was a resident, and is said to have wrote ‘Live Forever’ here


This is a different style of building on King Street, a bit nearer the city centre


On arriving back in the main shopping streets, we came across this procession near the Arndale Centre…
…turns out it was visiting St Etienne fans singing extremely loudly to try cheering their team to victory in last night’s Europa Cup match against Manchester United.  Ibrahimovic scored a hat trick and Utd won 3-0

In part 2, we had a walk down the Rochdale Canal which runs through the city. There were some definite contrasts…



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