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Seen from Great Ancoats Street in September 1998, All Hallows Church on Every Street is overshadowed by the massive cylindrical gasholder, part of the old gas works. The church is of a unique design with its four  distinctive towers. In recent years it has served as a timber warehouse. The view is highly photogenic and symbolic of Manchester, a place where communities and industry co-existed.

In 2005 the view no longer presents a photo opportunity. The gasholder was taken down in 2001 and in the space of seven years the trees have nearly doubled in height, obscuring the church and the remaining gasometer. The removal of redundant structures and the encouragement of tree growth are thought to be positive developments, but here they have made the urban environment less photogenic and more bland.

EWM says: Let's keep some symbols of industrial Manchester and cut back the trees!


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