Saturday, 1 October 2016

CDP Theme Day: Abandoned

City Daily Photo’s Theme Day for 1 October is Abandoned.

You’re looking at what was once part of the heart of medieval Salford. The 19th century saw it gradually demolished and replaced with Victoriana buildings and the railway cut through in a couple of directions. They lasted until World War II when Nazi bombs flattened much of it.

The post WWII period saw small engineering and mechanics set up in single and double storey buildings, plus under the railway arches. Many of these went defunct in the 1970s and by the 1980s the area was largely abandoned, save a couple of pubs and a few surviving businesses.

In the last decade a spurt of regeneration was halted when the banks crashed the markets. But in recent years it’s started again, with much being bought up it seems by Chinese investors who then rent flats out, rather than local people who want to buy and make a home… 

Friday, 30 September 2016

Skywatch Friday: Wednesday evening wisps of cloud

Although it was a fast turnaround on Wednesday evening, in from work, get ready and out again, I found time to stop and narvel at this passing cloud formation. Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Balmy night

Neither I nor Manchester wants to let go of summer it seems. It was surprisingly warm yesterday evening. Despite dusk descending at a worryingly early time of circa seven, people were sitting around enjoying the warmth. I hurried past as I had a Pink Floyd cocktail waiting for me at Font, followed by a meal at Zouk.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Chapati cafe #citydailyphoto

Eating a curry at lunchtime is a rare treat , so rare that I don't recall ever doing it before, but I indulged with a friend the other week at Chapati Cafe in Chorlton. A great cruelty-free veggie selection, nicely presented, tasty and good value at under a fiver. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Monday Mural: Stairing

A new academic year at the RNCM begins, and new stair murals too. Here are the mural fitters the other week with a new mural below. Monday Mural.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sky, stairs, squares & students

This is one end of the Chandos Hall student accommodation block in the city centre. With circa 80,000 students in Manchester and Salford, and many heading back here this coming weekend, housing stock is at a premium.

Last week I enjoyed an 1972 student filmed tour of UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) which includes footage of this building and many other typical student activities and campus classics of the era. It's fifteen minutes of footage taken in a bygone age of rag weeks and the Bogle stroll (a sponsored 55-mile walk).

Friday, 16 September 2016

Skywatch Friday at the Venetian Marina

A late summer evening skyscape at the lovely Venetian Marina in Nantwich. A friend who's lived on a narrowboat there for the the past two years is moving north to the Scottish coast (without boat), so I doubt I'll be visiting here again ... Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

All quiet on the Castlefield front

A quiet moment during the successful EDXC Conference at Castlefield last weekend.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Sixties sunshine at City Heights #citydailyphoto

Yesterday saw one of the city's hottest September days ever, followed by a storm and floods in Manchester. It was sunny again at the 23 storey City Heights on Victoria Bridge Street this morning. 

I've always liked the rounded windows on this apartment building. It was designed and built by Leach, Rhodes and Walker for the Inland Revenue 50 years ago in 1966 and now is an apartment block from the 11th floor upwards, with the lower floors being a hotel.