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Manchester Town Hall ceiling, image by Manchester Town Hall press office

Northern Soul goes behind the scenes of Manchester’s iconic Town Hall ahead of its closure

May 2, 2017 Comments Off on Northern Soul goes behind the scenes of Manchester’s iconic Town Hall ahead of its closure

If you’ve never experienced Manchester Town Hall beyond seeing it as a fancy backdrop to a boozy visit to the Christmas markets then it’s well worth a proper visit – but you will need to be quick about it.

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John Rylands Library by Chris Payne

A Gothic Gem: John Rylands Library in Manchester

January 22, 2016 Comments Off on A Gothic Gem: John Rylands Library in Manchester

Deansgate is one of the most well-heeled areas of Manchester city centre. It’s home to large department stores, major shopping developments and the Beetham Tower. But it wasn’t always this way.

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Mandy Payne - Regeneration

Brutal Beauty: the Park Hill Paintings of Mandy Payne

November 7, 2015 Comments Off on Brutal Beauty: the Park Hill Paintings of Mandy Payne

In 1981, Roy Hattersley, then Shadow Home Secretary, made a short film for Yorkshire Television about the Sheffield in which he grew up.

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Rievaulx Abbey

Photo Gallery: Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire

September 3, 2015 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire

Situated in the wooded River Rye valley near Helmsley, North Yorkshire, Rievaulx Abbey enjoys an enviable position, surrounded by abundant woods and fields.

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St Mary's Lighthouse by Phil Pounder

Photo Gallery: St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay

July 24, 2015 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay

Sat on a tiny island just North of Whitley Bay, St Mary’s Lighthouse is a favourite haunt on the North East coast.

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Hotel Gotham

Na na na na na na na na…we stay at Hotel Gotham (in Manchester)

July 14, 2015 Comments Off on Na na na na na na na na…we stay at Hotel Gotham (in Manchester)

Although I always approach reviews with an open mind and an open heart I must confess that I was a big fan of Hotel Gotham before I came to stay.

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Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr on Manchester, architecture and his autobiography

May 23, 2015 Comments Off on Johnny Marr on Manchester, architecture and his autobiography

Of The Smiths’ many fine attributes, there’s one which sometimes tends to get overlooked: their strong sense of place.

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Clark Brothers

Picture Gallery: a history of shop fronts

May 22, 2015 Comments Off on Picture Gallery: a history of shop fronts

In the first of a new series of photographs looking at the iconic shop fronts which have helped define and give character to the North of England, Northern Soul‘s Head Photographer Chris Payne takes lots of lovely photos in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

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Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene: a grand house, a hotel and a host of memories

April 27, 2015 Comments Off on Jesmond Dene: a grand house, a hotel and a host of memories

As a student in Newcastle in the early 1990s, one of my favourite things was meeting my Gran in Jesmond Dene.

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From grain to grand dining: the rebirth of Manchester’s Corn Exchange

March 6, 2015 Comments Off on From grain to grand dining: the rebirth of Manchester’s Corn Exchange

There’s a small, dark space in the bowels of Manchester’s Corn Exchange called ‘The Dead Room’. Rumoured to be the spot where two druid lines intersect, it’s an unnerving place, not least because it’s permanently ice-cold and pitch-black.

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