Old stuff, new stuff
In part 1, I posted pictures of some of the fantastic old buildings down Manchester’s Whitworth Street, and in part 2 briefly discussed the decline and regeneration of Manchester’s canals. Part 3 is the final part of a few hours spent in an awesome and culturally diverse northern city which mixes a history of textile industry with shopping, leisure and the arts.
Manchester today is a very busy shopping area, housing lots of designer, eclectic, independant and High Street shops, and the Arndale Centre. The city is full of museums. Depending on your taste you can visit The Museum of Science and Industry, The National Football Museum, The Lowry Museum (famous local artist L.S. Lowry who painted industrial scenes of ‘Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs’), The Manchester Museum, the Peoples’ History Museum, plus a police museum, a transport museum, various art galleries around the city.
Although the city is very vibrant and multicultural, there is also the great football divide: the red and blue halves of Manchester; United and City, both Premiership high-fliers. I know which half I stand in (as well as my own home town team Huddersfield Town of course!)
Manchester is also well-known for its music scene. The 1990’s ‘Madchester’ explosion saw bands such as The Chemical Brothers, The Happy Mondays, Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Verve take over what Joy Division, New Order and The Smiths had started in the 80’s. Other notable Manchester bands include The Hollies, Freddie and the Dreamers, Simply Red, Take That and Herman’s Hermits.
Above shows two sides of back ginnels*. Traditional local red brick, and more recent metal fire escape.
So there it is, a very brief whizz round one of my favourite cities, which successfully combines tradition and cutting-edge technology, old eating establishments in grand settings with modern chain restaurants and trendy bars. Like I said earlier; diverse, eclectic and vibrant. I hope you’ve enjoyed the quick potted history jaunt as much as we did.
*ginnel. This is an alleyway or passage.