Manchester Juxtaposition-03113

One of the things I liked most about Manchester was the great contrast between the grand buildings from the City’s Victorian heyday and the vast array of modern buildings that have sprung up in the past few years.

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Contrast between old & new in the Great Northern quarter of Manchester.

The Great Northern Warehouse and its environs was historically a transport interchange for the massive volume of goods arriving by rail at Central Station – now Manchester Central – in Manchester.

When building work began in 1885, the railways were booming. In fact, the railways did more to clear Manchester’s fever dens than any social legislation. In order to build the Great Northern Warehouse – nine acres of streets, back-to-back houses, foundries, hotels, inns, a burial ground and a school were swept away.

The Warehouse was completed in August 1899 but operations started in July 1898 when only the ground and first floors were complete such was the demand for the goods station. Inside was a spaghetti junction of rail lines with five platforms and twenty five cranes. To facilitate the movement of goods, wagon turntables were incorporated at the end of the lines to allow wagons to be turned round. The Manchester and Salford Junction canal, constructed in 1939, ran under the Warehouse, passing through a specially-built dock.

After several decades of decline in the railways and the fall of the Beeching axe, the Warehouse was closed for good in 1963.

Information courtesy of: http://www.thegreatnorthern.com/history.html


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Gargoyle on the Diamond Jubilee Fountain outside Manchester Town Hall.

Commissioned in the 60th year of Queen Victoria’s reign, the fountain also commemorates the supply of Manchester’s drinking water from Thirlmere in the Lake District, a feat of Victorian engineering. The fountain was subject to some criticism and in the 1920s was moved to Heaton Park where it remained until 1986 when it was returned to Albert Square.

Information courtesy of: http://www.manchestergalleries.org/the-collections/public-art/jubilee-fountain/