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.


A contribution to
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Scenic Weekends;
Saturday Critters;
I'd rather b birdin;
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22 comments:

  1. The canals around Manchester make for very interesting walks. I don't recall ever seeing a swan on the canals when I lived in Manchester in the 50s, they were far too polluted.

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  2. The swans are so lovely together. A fascinating background on the canals and the buildings there.

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  3. I'm happy to know what a young swan is called.

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  4. HI Beautfiiul peaceful scene for these lovely Swan family. Cygnets are so cute. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Looks like a great viewing spot to watch the swans and other waterfowl.

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  6. Great sighting and capture of the swan family.. The babies are so cute.. Thanks for sharing your post with Saturday's Critters. Have a happy weekend!

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  7. That is quite some sizeable family they have there! lovely photos.
    Wren x

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  8. Cute family portrait with lovely background.
    www.1sthappyfamily.com/2014/06/moms-and-babies.html

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  9. Precious...and beautiful.
    Don't forget to stop by and add your link. I know other birding enthusiasts will appreciate you sharing this wonderful post.

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  10. It's always lovely to see swans. The cygnets are so cute.

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  11. Cute cygnets! That Chips building is very interesting too.

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  12. how lovely to see the family in tow too

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  13. beautiful family. the babies looks so cuddly

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  14. An interesting bit of history, and a lovely view of the swan family!

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  15. The season for cygnets and swans ,
    happy summer, greeting from Belgium where it is raining all the day.

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  16. Thanks for linking up this weekend. It's always appreciated. Such wonderment in the style and grace of swans.

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