Manchester Journals

Roman times to 21st Century

A travel journal to Manchester by davidx

21st century history - Sports City Photo, Manchester, England More Photos
Quote: From a Roman camp to a medieval village to the world's first industrial city to the Commonwealth Games venue for the 17th games, 2002.

Roman times to 21st Century

Overview

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First I must mention an absolutely terrific website which will help you plan your own activities if your ideas differ from mine. manchester2002-uk.com is probably the very best website on a city that I know. Go to the excellent museum and railway and canal remains at Castlefield and while there take in the Roman Fort. At present [end July 2002] none of the websites seem up to date on the Rochdale Canal, as the restoration is now complete. Follow the whole length to Sowerby Bridge from Castlefield. Back in Manchester centre see the Cathedral area which is the only area of Manchester itself to give any notion of the middle ages tho...Read More

Imperial War Museum North

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Attraction | "Imperial War Museum - 21st century"

Imperial War Museum North Photo, Manchester, England
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This museum, or rather more technically it is a branch of the Imperial War Museum, opened in 2002. The best way to reach it is over the footbridge from the Lowry centre, access to which is described on its own page. The architect responsible for the design is Daniel Libeskind who has been associated internationally with some of the most exciting of recent projects. The idea of the exterior is a shattered world and three shards being put together. Whatever it is , it is an exciting use of modern materials and you would learn more about it by going to http://www.iwm.org.uk/north/0101.html than I could hope to describe. Entry is through the highest shard where there is a lift up to a vie...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2002

Imperial War Museum North
Salford Quays
Manchester, England M17 1TZ
0161 836 4000

The Lowry

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Attraction | "Lowry Centre - 21st century"

The Lowry Photo, Manchester, England
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Getting there: there is a tram from Piccadilli Station in Manchester to Eccles at frequent intervals. The nearest station is Harbour City but, unless the weather is really foul, it is far nicer to walk from Salford Quays Station beside the water. I shall put a photo taken en route with the War Museum page as this is just across a rather splendid footbridge from the Lowry. Actually I am not quite sure now whether the Lowry opened at the very end of the 20th century but it was certainly erected with the most modern ideas for the 21st century. In addition to the spacious galleries which will exhibit both the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, there are two theatres, a restaurant, a sn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2002

The Lowry
Pier 8
Manchester, England 50 3
0870 787 5780

Paupers Graveyard

Attraction

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Some words are used far too much in IGOUGO descriptions and I am as guilty as anyone: scenic, picturesque, beautiful, magic, magnificent, wonderful, marvellous - all almost lose their meaning through overuse, though I do not know how to avoid it when describing so many places to which the words apply. However I can promise that none of the above words will be found again here and they would be grotesquely inappropriate to describe this place. It is the very absence of all these attributes that gives the site its poignancy - and it certainly is extremely moving to most who find it. Basically what you see is a space, laid with huge flagstones without a pretence of any ornamentation. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 31, 2002

Paupers Graveyard
near Victoria Station
Manchester, England

Pennine Moonraker Canal Cruises

Attraction | "Canals 1 - The South Pennine Ring"

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I am not a narrow boat person myself - no particular reason because I have seen many of the scenic stretches on foot and I love the canals - and some websites have not been kept up to date [2 August 2002]. I believe that the following route is possible but you do need to check first if you are planning to do it. Contact me if this is a problem. I am starting at Manchester with the description and going clockwise but, as it is a ring, it can be started anywhere and done in either direction. Get on the Rochdale canal and follow it all the way to its terminus at Sowerby Bridge near Halifax in Yorkshire. [My South Pennines Journal under Yorkshire has a page on some of the most scenic parts.] At ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 2, 2002

Pennine Moonraker Canal Cruises
High Street
Oldham, England OL3 6HS
+44 161 652 6331

21st century history - Sports City

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Attraction

21st century history - Sports City Photo, Manchester, England
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I think this may be some sort of record for contemporary history. This is a splendid building which was only completed in 2002 and started the first phase of its existence on 25 July 2002. This phase ended at about 2145 on 31 July 2002 and so it can already be called [1 August 2002] that place that USED TO BE the athletics stadium for the XVII Commonwealth Games, 2002. This weekend will see the end of the next stage which will feature the seven -a-side rugby and the closing ceremony of the same games and its future will be as the home of Manchester City Football Club. Time and time again athletes paid tribute to the excellent stadium and the terrific atmosphere. The tickets for the final night...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 1, 2002

21st century history - Sports City
East side
Manchester, England

Castlefield Gallery

Attraction | "Roman Castlefield"

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I put this in for the sake of completeness and it it is worth seeing it if you go to see the other sights at Castlefield, as you certainly should. However I could not claim that it is one of the principal Roman remains in Britain. The area is known to have been fortified early in the existence of Roman Britain by Agricola. This, however was a wooden building and the present building was probably the fouth fort to be built on the site, or rather a partial reconstuction from the ruins. Not only was it a good defensive site against tribal uprisings but it lay about half way between the important Roman towns at Chester and York. If you disregard the fact that it is a reconstruction, the ar...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 5, 2002

Castlefield Gallery
5 Campfield Avenue Arcade
Manchester, England M3 4FN
+44 161 832 8034

Museum of Science & Industry

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Attraction | "Museum of Science and Technology"

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This is something quite special. It used to cost quite a bit but is now free, except for special exhibitions. Liverpool Road Station will be treated on the Railways page. The museum comprises several buildings, of which only the aircraft museum has a separate entrance. I have never been in this part yet but I am told it is first class. The main part has numerous sections, the numbers not representing any order of preference. 1.]The Power Hall shows road and railway engines. 2.] The Gas Gallery shows not only early gas lighting but quite a number of early household devises which include a hair-dryer! 3.] The Electricity Gallery ahows major developments in the 20th century an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2002

Museum of Science & Industry
Liverpool Road Castlefield
Manchester, England M3 4FP
+44 161 832 2244

Ordsall Hall

Attraction | "15th Century - Ordsall Hall"

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I sometimes wonder who goes here. I taught for 20 years in Manchester and I met innumerable people who had never heard of it. I left in 1984 but I guess the situation is very much the same now. yet Ordsall Hall is no distance from the end of Manchester's Deansgate and it is a really lovely building over 600 years old. It has been a museum owned by Salford since 1972. It is a large building, part of which is brick but the half-timbered black and white section is quite supurb. The Great Hall is a most impressive room with some furniture and portraits to match. The so-called Star Chamber [named after stars on the ceiling and unconnected with the Court of this name] is the oldest room in the bu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2002

Ordsall Hall
Taylorson Street
Manchester, England

Quarry Bank Mill amd Styal Estate

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Attraction | "18th Century - Quarry Bank Mill"

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This mill, built as a water powered mill in the 1780s, is now owned by the National Trust and it costs £5 [adults] for the mill or £6.50 for the mill, apprentice house and garden - free to NT members. This sounds pricey but it is quite different from anything else in the area and well worth the money. There are good facilities for wheelchair access except for the top floors but the large uneven stones outside make it hard work for the pusher. Samuel Greg, who founded the mill in 1784, believed that most of the evils affecting mill workers at the time were caused by the congestion and iflth of towns and therefore built his mill in the country with a village [Styal] for the workers nearby and a h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2002

Quarry Bank Mill amd Styal Estate
Quarry Bank Road
Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4LA
+44 1625 527468

Canals

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Attraction | "Canals 2 - Centre and around"

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The oldest canal in the area and the first in the industrial revolution period [Exeter Ship Canal is much earlier] was the Bridgewater, named after the Duke [not the place in Somerset]. The canal was constructed in the 18th Century to carry coal from the Duke's mines in Worsley into Manchester. It now has three junctions with other canals, the main branch linking with the Trent and Mersey at its southern terminus near the M56 at Preston Brook and with the Rochdale at the Castleford basin. Then there is another branch which avoids Manchester to run to Leigh where it links with the Leeds-Liverpool. This branch is where the Barton Swing Aqueduct over the Manchester Ship Canal is located. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2002

Canals
various - Castlefield at the hub.
Manchester, England

Railways

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Attraction | "19th Century 2 - Railways"

Railways Photo, Manchester, England
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There were four major railway stations in Manchester when I first knew it. Of these Exchange, which was adjacent to Victoria and shared with it the world's longest platform, has gone practically without a trace; Central has become the G-mex Centre, seen recently by many as the site for the Commonwealth Games boxing and judo; Victoria has become quite minor and Piccadilli is left as the major station. However on this page there are only two stations covered and one has not been in commercial use for many a long year - this is Liverpool Road. It was only in the last part of the 20th century that Liverpool Road Station came to resemble more than an old dump, when it became the hub of the Mus...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 7, 2002

Railways

Manchester, England

The Bridgewater Hall Gift Shop

Attraction | "20th Century - Bridgewater Hall et al."

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At the end of the 20th Century, the Free Trade Hall, long the principal venue for classical music in the city, was replaced by the newly built Bridgewater Hall. It is a first class buiding for the purpose in all respects. The auditorium will seat 2,400 people in great comfort and the seats are precisely angled so that all point directly at the centre of the orchestra. The air conditioning system runs under the seats. Built in a busy traffic area, it is secured against vibration by being built on 270 huge springs. The acoustics are stunningly good. This is the home of the famous Hallé Orchestra and also of the BBC Philharmonic And the Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata. This is n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 6, 2002

The Bridgewater Hall Gift Shop
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester, England M2 3WS
+44 161 907 9000

Manchester Town Hall

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Attraction | "19th Century - 1. Town Hall"

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By 1887, when the Town Hall was completed, Manchester's first industrial period was over. Whereas much textile production was now more focused in surrounding towns, Manchester had developed considerably in manfacture of machinery and as a commercial centre for the textile industry. In 1853 Manchester acquired city status and there was much pride in the construction of a Town Hall to match the achievements of the city. The design of the present building was successful in beating off masses of competition. I will admit that I see a major distinction between restoration of a building in its original style and erecting a new building in an old style with the word neo stuck in front. Hence ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 4, 2002

Manchester Town Hall
Albert Square
Manchester, England M60 2LA
+44 161 234 5000

Manchester Cathedral

Attraction | "15th Century - Manchester Cathedral"

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Manchester Cathedral only actually acquired this title in the 19th Century but that was simply the renaming of an existing building which started as a Collegiate Church in the 15th Century. It is virtually certain that there was a church on the site previously and it seems likely that it was connected to the old fort at Castlefield about 1 mile away. Much of the early history of the church is closely connected with that of the country. Its dedication to St Mary, St George and St Denys sounds reminiscent of Agincourt - but why St Denys when the French were defeated there? presumably because Henries V and VI claimed to be heirs to the throne of France. Later battles contributed to the b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 4, 2002

Manchester Cathedral
Victoria Street
Manchester, England M3 1SX
+44 161 833 2220

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I have referred to Castlefield in several different pages but any one of them may not be sufficient to tempt you there. This would be a shame as when the features are added together they make for a pretty strong appeal and they are all close together. There is actually a Visitors's Centre geared to the Heritage Area as a whole but it is scacely necessary. The area is well arranged with waterside walks and plenty of possible places to eat your own food as well as ready access to a variety of cafes and bars. The main features are 1.] The reconstructed Roman fort; 2.] the Canal basin wher the bridgewater and the Rochdale meet and 3.] The Museum for Scence and Industry with the histric Liver...Read More