Back in Manchester, and time to turn my attention away from Salford Quays to the city proper, but what should be my subject?
For a historic city, Manchester is missing a vital ingredient. A castle. The chester suffix derives from there being a Roman fortification here, but visit Castlefields and there is no trace of a fortification (unless you count the turrets on the railway bridge). I need to find a different structure to write about.
Medieval options are out generally. Manchester’s growth to prominence was a product of the industrial revolution, so there is little left predating the Victorian era. That still leaves a huge variety to choose from; neo-classical, high-tech, gothic, art-deco and more. One of the notable features is the brown terracotta tiles that clad many of the buildings. The same industry that made the city wealthy made it polluted (think of the mill chimney’s of Lowry’s…
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