london diary

August 2018

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Manchester: Oxford Road/Wilmslow Rd

University, Rusholme, Fallowfield, Manchester. Wed 1 Aug 2018

 Oxford Road station, Manchester is tucked away off the street


 A whole block of Oxford St has been demolished

 School of At at All Saints

 Former municipal offices on Lower Ormond St

 Grosvenor Picture Palace, opened as a cinema in 1915, still showing films until 1968, now a pub. It was said to be
the largest cinema in the UK outside London when it opened.

 Former Deaf and Dumb Institute is now a hopster indie music venue

 University of Manchester Main Building

 It looks too toytown for my taste now, the soot stains gave it gravitas

 Arts Faculty building
 Holy Name RC church - also cleaned up
 Manchester Royal Infirmary

 The Huntsman pub unexpectedly closed in 2011 after the landlord punched and stamped on the head of a
regular who didn't drink up quickly enough at closing time. He got 6 years for GBH.

 Hardy's Well on the corner of Dickenson Rd was formerly called Birch Villa. Opened in 1837 It closed in 2016

 We lived here on the top floor here from 1968 to 1970. No blue plaque yet:-)

 The back of the row of houses was clean and tidy when we lived here

 Shahjalal Mosque and Islamic Centre


 Trinity House Community Resource Centre


 Hardys' Well got this poem by Lem Sissay in 1994. There is a planning application for 62 flats and shops

 Wilmslow Rd/Dickenson Rd


 Victoria Park Hotel. I lived at several addresses in the area as a student and from one of them would walk past

 here to catch a bus to the university if I was feeling lazy

 Wilmslow Rd

 'The Toast Rack' from Old Hall Lane, architect LC Howitt completed 1960. Grade II listed. Work is about to start to turn it into 210 flats

 Platt Chapel, a Grade II listed Unitarian chapel dated 1790, possibly by John Carr of York; altered 1874, now offices

Owens Park opened in 1966 and I lived in the tower 1967-8 academic year.
Unfortunately the University chose Carillion to redevelop it in 2017...

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