Wednesday, October 01, 2014

ABC Wednesday: L is for Library Walk (again)

Library Walk is a curved walkway connecting St Peter's Square to Mount Street between Manchester Central Library and the Town Hall Extension, which I previously featured on April 2nd 2014.

This is how it looked when I passed by last week. It is still closed. Some men were working on part of the Town Hall Extension.

The new, glass bubble-like enclosure, which features a reflective metal roof, designed by Manchester architect Ian Simpson, has now been installed.

The council say they have safety concerns about keeping the paved corridor open to the public at night and have applied for an order to remove the public right of way from the walkway and halt public access with the stretch partly gated off between the hours of 10pm and 6am. A Public Inquiry is being held on 21st and 22nd October at Manchester Town Hall.

Campaign group Friends of Library Walk. who describe the walkway as a space of "significant architectural merit" and want it to remain the ginnel that roared, are opposed to the proposal.

Find more information on the Friends of Library Walk website or you can follow them on twitter @savelibrarywalk

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Shadows on the High Street

I captured these shadows outside the English Lounge on High Street, Manchester from a passing tram.

A fuller view can be found on sithenah.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White and Shadow Shot Sunday.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dreamscape Community Garden

Street art on hoardings around the Dreamscape Community Garden in the Piccadilly Basin on the corner of Hilton Street and China Street.

The Dreamscape Gardens originally featured on New Cathedral Street as part of Dig the City 2013, Manchester’s urban gardening festival, but has now found a new permanent home in Piccadilly Basin as part of the Manchester Garden City scheme. The garden includes lots of balcony-style planting, a small water feature and view of the Rochdale Canal near the Hacienda apartments on Whitworth Street West. It is looked after by the local gardening group – the Northern Quarter Greening Group. Read more on the Dig The City website.

In January 2014 street artists Matt Sewell and Richt were invited by the Outhouse Manchester Project to create street art on the hoardings around the Dreamscape Community Gardens.

Chrissy contributed an earlier photo of this to Monday Murals in May 2014 on Mancunian Wave.

A contribution to Monday Murals and Our World Tuesday.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Squirrel with conker

I was just sorting through some photographs from 2003 and came across this shot of a squirrel in Nottinghamshire with a conker in its mouth.

A contribution to Saturday Critters and Camera Critters.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ABC Wednesday: J is for
Jutland Street, Manchester

Still cobbled (or more accurately stone-sett), Jutland Street is supposedly the steepest street in Manchester. It leads off Store Street and crosses the Ashton Canal before ending on Ducie Street.

Here is how it looked in 1996. Photograph © Aidan O'Rourke and used with permission.

This is the view looking down towards Store Street from the top of the canal bridge.

Looking east from the bridge is Paradise Wharf on the Ashton Canal. The narrowboat "Moorhen" is moored by the canalside apartments at the end of an aqueduct which carries the canal over Store Street towards Great Ancoats or as it now prefers to be called, New Islington.

Looking west from the bridge is Ducie Wharf where the Ashton Canal ends by turning right under Ducie Street into the Rochdale Canal. The towpath here under the shelter of the highrise apartments are home to a number of Manchester's rough sleepers and their canine companions. Beyond the car parks on the left is Piccadilly Station.

A contribution to
Outdoor Wednesday;
Water World Wednesday;
ABC Wednesday;
Skywatch Friday;
Weekend Reflections.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Flowerbeds at Victoria Park, Denton

Last week when I was walking through Victoria Park I couldn't help but notice this gorgeous display of mainly yellow flowers.

See how it looked in February.

In the background is a mural which was painted on the wall of Denton Pool (Swimming Baths) in 2000. It was conceived by David Vaughn and commissoned by the Denton Town Twinning Association. It serves to commemorate both the second millenniumm and the continuing friendship between the people of Denton and Montigny le Brettoneux.

For a better view of the mural see my post of March 26th 2012.

A contribution to Monday Murals and Monday Mellow Yellows.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

ABC Wednesday: H is for
Hetherington's Private Dining Rooms

Hetherington's Private Dining Rooms stands on the corner of Pollard Street and Boond Street in the New Islington area of Manchester.

This building dates from 1889 and was built as a private dining rooms for John Hetherington & Sons of Vulcan Works, Pollard Street. It was designed by Stott & Sons, the Oldham & Manchester architects who were noted cotton mill architects. The building control plans survive in the care of Manchester City Council. The Private Dining Rooms would not have been a works canteen but would have been for the directors and entertaining of customers. The dining room itself occupied the raised ground floor, above a semi-basement, and had large windows; the diners would have been able to keep an eye on comings and goings at the works! The top storey was a flat for the caretaker, but the plans do not state what the first floor was used for, possibly this was the kitchen with the basement being used for storage. There was a hoist serving all floors. The structure is divided into four bays by steel girders supported by cast-iron columns which have spiral decoration to the capitals.

It has been empty since at least 1999 but so far has remarkably survived while other buildings in the area have been demolished or restored.

A contribution to
Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors;
Rubbish Tuesday;
ABC Wednesday.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ABC Wednesday: G is for
Glossop Station Garden

Glossop station in Derbyshire is the terminus of a line from Manchester Piccadilly. The garden on the banking was created in 2011 by members of Friends of Glossop Station.

This view is from a train awaiting departure.

A contribution to
Our World Tuesday;
Outdoor Wednesday;
ABC Wednesday;
Good Fences.