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London Road Fire Station

In Need of Rescue: London Road Fire Station

February 3, 2014 Comments Off on In Need of Rescue: London Road Fire Station

The decaying site of the former fire station on London Road in Manchester has been part of the city centre landscape for so long that it is an accepted sight for anyone leaving Piccadilly Station.

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Coronation Street

Ta’ra Quay Street, Hello MediaCity: Coronation Street moves house

December 5, 2013 Comments Off on Ta’ra Quay Street, Hello MediaCity: Coronation Street moves house

Many, many years ago the 14-year-old me set off on an adventure with three friends. It was the first time we’d been allowed to go to Manchester on our own.

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Manchester Museum

In the Vault of the Mummies at Manchester Museum

December 5, 2013 Comments Off on In the Vault of the Mummies at Manchester Museum

Some places imprint themselves upon your consciousness, that strange relatively inexplicable netherworld of neurons and dreams.

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The Whitaker

By The People, For The People: The Whitaker

November 13, 2013 Comments Off on By The People, For The People: The Whitaker

Where can you see a tiger and python locked in a terrifying embrace, a baby African elephant and a genuine shrunken head? At The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery in Rawtenstall in the heart of the Rossendale Valley.

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The Manchester Man

The Manchester Man

October 15, 2013 Comments Off on The Manchester Man

There’s a street in the heart of Manchester called ‘Scotland’. Just ‘Scotland’. Not Scotland Road, Scotland Street or Scotland Avenue. Where are you going? Oh, I’m going to Scotland, it’s right next to the River Irk and not far from Victoria Station.

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Saltaire

Saltaire – the model village

September 17, 2013 Comments Off on Saltaire – the model village

When Victorian entrepreneur Sir Titus Salt created a model village in Saltaire for his mill workers he could never have imagined it would become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, putting it up there with the pyramids of Giza.

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Whitworth Rushes

Rush to the Whitworth Rushcart

August 30, 2013 Comments Off on Rush to the Whitworth Rushcart

It’s a tradition that had died out at the turn of the millennium but has been revived again in recent years.

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Inside the Holy Name

What’s in a name?

August 3, 2013 Comments Off on What’s in a name?

Over the years many things have helped to shape and define Manchester, including, and in no particular order: the weather, football, cotton, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, coal, the Luftwaffe, the Manchester Ship Canal, music, rich people, poor people, poor people who became rich people, foreign people, 24 hour party people…and religion.

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Won't Beautiful Oldham Boom Sam Fitton Cartoon

When Cotton Was King

August 3, 2013 Comments Off on When Cotton Was King

Who had more cotton spindles turning than the combined cotton industries of France and Germany in 1913? Oldham, that’s who!

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Injured Soldiers

In Balance With This Life, This Death

July 8, 2013 Comments Off on In Balance With This Life, This Death

When I was a serving soldier, inter-corps rivalry was everything. The British Army encouraged soldiers to take a fierce pride in each level of the structure, right down to platoon or section level.

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