Saturday, June 28, 2014
Swans with Cygnets at New Islington
The New Islington Marina is centred on Old Mill Street in an area of Ancoats that has seen considerable urban regeneration since the Millennium. The marina services both the Ashton Canal on one side and the Rochdale Canal on this side, although there is no direct connection here between the two canals. In the background is a large apartment block in a converted mill and known as the "Chips" building.
Hardly visible (click on image for full size version) on the left hand side shrouded in scaffolding is the distressed Ancoats Dispensary which began life in 1828 as the Ardwick and Ancoats Dispensary on Great Ancoats Street. It moved to this building on Old Mill Street in 1869, in order to serve the influx of people who came to the Ancoats area during Manchester's industrial hey-day. The hospital finally closed its doors in 1996 and the dispensary building is the last remaining in the area. A group Ancoats Dispensary Trust was formed in 2012 with the aim of saving the building.
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