The second part of this look at the city of Manchester focuses, pardon the pun, on the journey from the old town to new city.
The first image, taken in 2006, is of Waterloo Place; an terrace of town houses originally built in the late 1800’s. This block is owned, run and maintained by the University Of Manchester and now serves as offices.
But it was not always the case. This terrace block was in fact slated for demolition back in the late 70’s, early 80’s, and was saved and subsiquently listed and renovated into their present condition, give or take 20 years of decorating etc.
This next shot, taken at roughly the same time, looks at the mish-mash block on old Shude Hill. This area is still being renovated but this block still remains, as does the famous used book shop, Paramount Book Exchange (Bottom Right). A favourite with students, particulary in it’s hey day.
Now for somting a bit different. Market Street in 2005. This pedestrianised main street, which runs paralell to the Arndale Centre, was once a traditional traffic carrying high street, and apparently it was even when I was boy, but I can’t remember!
Once known as Sunley Tower, it has stood for aproximatly 30 years as a landmark over Piccadilly Gardens and indeed, the city as a whole. It too, has not been spared reinvention and has just recently completed its make over as City Tower.
And last but not least, or should I just say, NEXT! Resting on the corner of the modernised Shude Hill, the new landmark Next superstore stands in stark contrst to the old city that once stood here. This shot was only taken in May this year, with the Nikon D40.
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