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CHAPEL STREET IS SALFORD'S GATEWAY into and out of the place where all local A roads converge, the area we call Manchester city centre. Chapel Street, just across the Irwell, and just five minutes from Albert Square, was once a busy and prosperous street. Later it went into decline, but nowadays, regeneration is well underway. Here we go on a walk down Chapel Street in 2002 and take a sample of its hidden splendours, with ample evidence of the decay which set in later in the 20th century, now being turned into new development and opportunity in the 21st.

SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL provided health care to the local population over a period spanning three centuries. Its role as a hospital ended in the 1990's with the move towards larger single site hospitals. Hope Hospital is now the main hospital in the City of Salford.The building we see here is gaining a new lease of life in the role of a luxury apartment development.
EWM says: Salford Royal Hospital is part of the fabric of Salford - as a result of the change of use, the facade has been renovated, and the new residents are set to bring life and hopefully greater prosperity to this part of town.

THE MAIN ENTRANCE of Salford Royal Hospital is currently closed - work on the conversion to apartments is nearing completion.
EWM says: If walls could speak! When this portico was built, horse drawn carriages went up and down Chapel Street. In World War 2 part of the building was bombed and many nurses were killed. Now a new set of residents is about to move in.

THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST PHILIP WITH ST STEPHEN is another of Salford's surprising landmarks - A perfectly preserved 18th century Georgian church with a distinctive clock tower visible for miles around. This church was drawn and painted by LS Lowry.
EWM says: Where is this elegant Georgian city we find ourselves in? It's Salford of course!

THE ARCHWAY OF THE OLD COUNTY COURT has been cleaned and renovated, along with the adjoining buildings, which are now used as apartments.
EWM says: When I took this photograph, a resident of the apartments asked me who I was and why I was taking photographs. There have been many break-ins, he told me.
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SALFORD IS A CATHEDRAL CITY - though unlike most of England's other cities, the cathedral is a Roman Catholic one. The origins of the Salford Hundred go back a thousand years. This building dates from the 19th century and is the principal place of worship in the Roman Catholic Salford diocese, which extends far beyond the borders of the City of Salford, taking up much of south east Lancashire.
EWM says: When I took this photo opening hours were limited, but nowadays, the
church is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 3.30pm and at various times over the weekend.

THE MANCHESTER AND SALFORD SAVINGS BANK BUILDING on Chapel Street is now the offices Leech & Co solicitors. The facade calls to mind the grandeur and high ideals of the Victorian era. The Park Inn pub next door is currently unoccupied and bricked up.
EWM says: Chapel Street is a place of contrasts - Remarkable buildings from various eras stand next to examples of decay and dereliction - soon to be banished from this part of town, we hope.
MATRIX HOUSE CHAPEL STREET served until recently as a dance school, but the building is closed and the shutters are down. The curved facade now has no other purpose than as a site for a billboard ad.
EWM says: When I lived in the flats at Pendleton I walked past here many times during the day and at night.
SALFORD EDUCATION OFFICES stand next to Salford Cathedral and this building from the 1930's which stands on the corner of Ford Street. It appears to have been a bank - now it is the home of Stephenson's Solicitors.
EWM says: This is one of several 1930's buildings constructed in this style in and around the city centre.

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