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