READER MESSAGES November 01

Armenian Church Upper Brook StName: Ben McGarr
E-Mail: celteuskara@another.co.uk
Website:
From or connections with: Failsworth, Woodhouses, Daisy Nook, Audenshaw and Newton Heath
Present Location: commuting between Failsworth and Moscow
Subject: Armenians
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
Well done for everything, it just keeps getting better and better! Anyroad, I was on Ashton Flea Market a few months back and I picked up a bundle of old pamphlets in a funny script, that must have found their way there after a 'House Clearance'. Well, I bought them and on further examination they proved to be in Armenian, with some English translations as well. After comparing proper names [identified by capitals] I was able to work out the rudiments of the alphabet. Funnily enough, though, I could see than that some of the pamphlets that were entirely in Armenian had in fact been published in Manchester in the 1920s. One curious bit of paper even detailed the minutes of a meeting of the Ottoman Chamber of Commerce in Manchester a few decades before this. I have read elsewhere that there was a strong Armenian community here in the Victorian times, but would like to ask you if there is any physical reminder of this left today?
Manch es ter is 'Baby are you' or 'You are a Baby' in Armenian!
Perhaps someone out there can tell me what "Himnakan Kanonagir, Galoitayin Eresf. Zholovoy Hayots Manchestri" means. I guess the last Hayots bit means Mancunian Armenians [from 'Hayastan' or 'Haikh' = 'Armenia']. This is one of the pamphlets entirey in Armenian, and it'd be nice to know what it is!
And let's see a bit more of Failsworth, eh, Aidan? ;o))
Cheers, Ben.
Physical reminder of the Armenian community? Yes, here it is, the Armenian Church on Upper Brook Street, Chorlton-on-Medlock. I pass it every day on my way into Manchester. It's amazing how many communities there are in Manchester from other parts of the world. Their places of worship are the most obvious reminder of their presence. Hope to include more Failsworth pictures soon.

A6 Longsight with Daisy MillName: Harold "Harry" Barbour
E-Mail: HandJ.Barbour@BTinternet.com
Website:
From or connections with:
Present Location: Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales.
Subject: Pubs on Rochdale Road junction Moston Lane
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
First of all congratulations on the birth of your daughter. There were three public houses at the junction of Rochdale Road and Moston Lane. The two you photographed and the third which stood on the even numbered side of Rochdale Road on the same side as Harpurhey Baths.Sorry but I forget the name of this one which has long been demolished.I recall that a bank stood on the other corner, possibly Martins or Barclays.Nearby the Manning family had a greengrocers business and Makinson's Coaches too was close by-the booking office that is.In its time Moston Lane was a superb shopping centre and you journeyed to the city centre for speciality items.I have mailed this info to the person who asked the question tosave you any trouble.I was recently in Manchester (Bury really) and on occasion took my son to Longsight Police Station, where he works.I regret that Manchester retains very little of what I remember and on the whole I found it had a run down and depressing appearance.Perhaps this is just the passage of time playing tricks with my eight ounces of grey matter! Possibly it may have something to do with my now living in a very beautiful part of the world.Keep up your most excellent work.
Sincerely
Harold "Harry" Barbour.
You're right, many parts of Manchester do indeed have a run-down and frankly depressing appearance - the result of years of economic decline and neglect. When you visit cities in other parts of the country - Lincoln for instance - you notice how 'battered' many parts of Manchester look. This is also true of London. Longsight police station, the present one, is however, one of the newest landmarks you'll encounter on Stockport Rd. In the past, the local districts around Manchester had excellent shopping facilities, and were self-contained communities in their own right. With greater car mobility and the coming of supermarkets, all this changed. Manchester has a long way to go before all its ills are cured. I'm not sure if they ever will be.

Liverpool waterfront  and rainbow seen from SeacombeName: John Williams
E-Mail: liverpool.mouth@btinternet.com
Website:
From or connections with:
Present Location:
Subject: Aidan O'Rourke's photographs of Liverpool
EWM Photos: http://www.aidan.co.uk/eyewitness-in-manchester/links/liverpool/index.shtml
Reader Message: Dear Aidan,
I was struck by the refreshingly different photographs you took of my town. I would like to draw you attention to an organisation which cares for terminally ill children and offers respite care to the parents of children with special needs. The URL is,
http://www.zoes-place.org
I feel sure that if you are ever again in the area you could create some wonderful images. Yours truly. John Williams
Thank you very much - I regularly visit Liverpool, I think it's a fantastic city. Here's one of the city centre skyline, looking from Seacombe. Now that I'm a father myself, I have a better understanding of the work done by places like Zoe's Place. Please visit and find out more about the priceless work they do.

Name: Matt Wilkinson
E-Mail: mattywilks@hotmail.com
Website:
From or connections with: Burnage
Present Location: Burnage
Subject: Old photographs of Burnage
EWM Photo: roundabout1.jpg
Reader Message: Dear Aidan,
Enjoying the site immensely, although a little upset at the lack of info on South Manchester, particularly Burnage. I have been living here all my life and have found it difficult to find old pics of virtually anywhere in the area. There was once an old book, I forget the title, with old pics and maps of Burnage and Levenshulme, I would be interested to see if anyone still has a copy. Any pics would be much appreciated, the older the better. Pics of the old Concorde Cinema on Green End Road (before it became a Kwik Save) and the old co-op store on Burnage Lane, or memories of these places would be much appreciated.
Regards
Matt Wilkinson
There are some excellent books of old photographs of local areas available, many obtainable from online bookstores, such as amazon.co.uk. Just go to their site and do a search. I can only photograph what's there today, though I'm working on an idea for a camera that can see into the past!!!

Name: Dorothy Messer
E-Mail: dorothy.messer@btinternet.com
Website:
From or connections with: Cheetham Hill
Present Location: Prestwich
Subject: A thank you
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
Hello Aidan
Through a note I sent to you at Manchesteronline, a man and his wife have contacted me from Australia about Cheetham Hill, his name is Antony Usher and his wife‚s name is Sylvia. They have kindly sent me some photographs of St. Marks Church and I think the Rose Queen, unfortunately for some reason my computer doesn‚t seem to be able to open them and there is no e-mail address on their communication to me. Even though I can't see the photographs I would like to thank them for their kind thoughts and wondered whether you could include this note on your website at some time.
Thanks again for your great website I really love browsing through it. Keep up the good work.
Regards, Dorothy Messer (nee Heer)
Thank you for your kind words and hopefully Tony Usher, who has been in contact with me before, will see this and get back to you.

Name: PAT DUNSTAN
E-Mail: JIMMY1943G@WORLDNET.ATT.NET.
Website:
From or connections with: HULME
Present Location: ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA
Subject: PICTURES OF HULME
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE PICTURES OF OLD HULME AND SAINT MARYS CHURCH
AND SCHOOL
You'll find archive pictures of Manchester at Manchester Central Library, but that's a long way from Anaheim California! I hope to include old pictures in future updates of Eyewitness in Manchester.

 

Name: Barbara Fergus
E-Mail: Rkid@macjoy.demon.co.uk
Website:
From or connections with: Town centre, Didsbury, Withington and Fallowfield.
Present Location: Nr. Accrington
Subject: Restaurant at the Gaumont.
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan,
Your web site has brought back so many happy memories of my youth. When I first arrived in Manchester circa 1952 from Rhyl I had a job as a waitress in the restauarant at the Gaumont cinema. I seem to remember the entrance was up some stairs at the side of the building, this was the opposite side to the Long Bar which of course was downstairs. On the subject of bars, I used to go drinking a lot with my Canadian boyfriend and one of the pubs was called the Fatted Calf. Can anyone remember where this was situated? Was it at the bottom of Market street (Marks & Spencer's side) in a funny little courtyard?
Best Regards
Barbara Ferguson
The Fatted Calf? One of Manchester's lost pubs. I fear it must have been demolished to make way for the Arndale Centre. In the film 'Hell is a City', the inspector, Stanley Baker, drinks in a pub which was situated on a tiny side street off Corporation St, round the corner from Market St. This is now the renovated part of the Arndale Centre, next to the futuristic footbridge. Whilst this side of Market St was transformed first by post-war development, then by the bomb, the other side has been maintained - The Shakespeare Pub, for instance, is still there.

Name: gordon simpson
E-Mail: gordon-simpson20001@lineone.net
Website:
From or connections with: Ancoats Hulme and Salford
Present Location: Middleton
Subject: How much I like your website
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
Just calling to say how interesting i find your website I really am fascinated by the detail and learn a lot from it. Have you any pictures of Hulme crescents yet? I would be interested in learning more about websites and would like to know how I could download any photos. Yours Gordon Simpson
Sorry I haven't got any pictures of the Hulme Crescents - I was away from Manchester when they were demolished. No time to tell you how to download photos! There are many books and websites available where you can get the information, or what about doing a course at a local college? Thanks for your comments - that's the kind of subject title that really puts me in a good mood!


Name: Alan Henderson
E-Mail: alanhendersonuk@btinternet.com
Website:
From or connections with: Harpurhey, Longsight and Ancoats
Present Location: Denton
Subject: Turkey Lane Harpurhey
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
In the early 1960's I used live in Harpurhey on Turkey Lane. We moved
to Didsbury in the mid 60's when they started to demolish the area. If
I remember correctly Turkey Lane was near to the junction of Rochdale Road and Conran Street close to the entrance of Queens Park. All the families in the area had a farewell party at a church that was opposite to our house. A local newspaper ran an article on the party that was published with photographs.
Anyone I speak to cannot remember the paper. Is there anybody who can help me find any info on this, and are there any photographs of this area at that time.
Incidentally your articles on Ancoats are of special interest to me as my grandparents and their parents all came from this area namely Allum Street, Gun Street, Pickford Street and John Street. Do they still exist, and are any dwellings still there that I can photograph?
Thanks for a great site.
Regards
Alan Henderson
Oh yes, Gun Street is certainly still there, I pass by it frequently. There are plenty of buildings left in Ancoats, though some have sadly disappeared. Turkey Lane - They don't give 'em names like that any more! I notice Dirty Lane, near Rostherne, Cheshire, was changed to the more picturesque sounding 'Cherry Tree Lane'. Not far from Gun St Ancoats is another street named after a bird: Swan Street, and though not a street, let's not forget that legendary pub that was sacrificed to make way for a city centre hotel: Tommy Duck's.

Name: Kevin Crowther
E-Mail: kevin.crowther@linenone.net
Website:
From or connections with: salford
Present Location: Clitheroe, Ribble Valley, Lancs, UK
Subject: Jazz in 60's Manchester
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
I have recently come across this web site on my search for Salford/Manchester contacts/inf. One of the points I have noticed is that the people supplying inf. do not give ages or a time scale when they request inf. it would certainly help in replying.
In my youthful days (age circa. 19/20yrs) Manchester was the best, clubs, music, jazz clubs etc.
But the best club had to be the 'Bodega'. No need to give the address. I have travelled over the whole of the North since my 'Bod' days, and I keep coming across people who knew the Bodega, the best club ever!!.
Our group went Mondays, Wednesdays, (Pete Haslam & the Collegians, still playing I believe in S Manchester according to Jazz FM) Fridays, but not in the club that night as it was Paul Beattie. (not our style) Saturdays & Sundays.
Saturdays were great. Start off in the 'Turks Head' on Shudehill. Listen to the resident trio, then acc. by musicians calling in for a drink before carrying on to their job s at the 'Chez Joey', Wilton Club (owned by the Manning Bros, Bernard and Frank) and the 'Caberet Club'. I have seen 11 musicians on an area built for 3, belting it out at the Turks Head.
But Saturday night at the 'Bod'was the best. Mick Mulligan, George Melly, Alex Welch, Papa Bue and his Viking Jazz Band were regulars.
Alexis Korner and the Blues Inc. were there on a couple of occasions and prob. incl. aon these occ. Jack Bruce, Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger. Blues Inc. knocked me out and I still have tapes of Alexis, Sunday Jazz Hour. He intoduced a lot of people to a wide varity of some great music.
Hope that I have not gone too much, but those were great days.
Kevin Crowther
Fascinating - I think Manchester is still a great city for music - I know many musicians, and once played a little myself. There are many venues, but Band on the Wall must be the most famous. One of the best nights out I had recently was at the Grants Arms in Hulme, where they had genuine Jamaican reggae. There was a great atmosphere, and the people there were very friendly. Thanks for your message.


Name: John Pierce Jones
E-Mail: jpjones@ntlworld.com
Website:
From or connections with:
Present Location: Cardiff
Subject: Blakely
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
Could you please tell me if there was a private school or convent in Blakeley or Blackley in the early 1900's it would help me with some research that I'm doing, thanks a million.
A private school or convent in Blackley (pronounced of course, 'blakely') - I'm sure there must have been, perhaps attached to the church. Can anyone help?

Name: Raymond Long
E-Mail: Rlong@sympatico.ca
Website: http://www.wx-lancs.com/raylong.htm
From or connections with: Oldham the land of Goose Grease & Dog fat
Present Location: Canada since 1966
Subject: Looking for an Ex-Boxer Friend from manchester
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan : as per my previous cry for your Help Aidan, as one gets older we have very little left only Memories, and this old photographs is one of a good Manchester Boxer named Johnny Tudor who trained under the same manager, the photo inserted is dated 25th July 1949. When we both trained in the same stable Under Jack Bates, Ardwick Green, I often wonder as to what became of Johnny. Please feel free to visit my home page, and keep up the good work.
http://www.ex-lancs.com/raylong.htm Ps any info will be appreciated,.
Ray Long.
Note Photograph previously sent to you. Thanks for the memories,
Interesting - does anyone remember Johnny Tudor? As part of my job as stills photographer on the film 'Daddy Fox' autumn 2000, I had the privilege of meeting former boxing champion John Conteh (click to see photo).

Name: Tony Walsh
E-Mail: tonywalsh@btinternet.com
Website:
From or connections with: Schooled at St Gregory's Ardwick Green Lived at Old Trafford
Present Location: Prestatyn
Subject: Cromwell's statue
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
I used to walk home from school at St Gregs to Old Trafford and passed a statue of Oliver Cromwell just before I turned left to go towards Pauldens and then down Stretford Road. All this happened in the early 50's so it's before your time, but I did always wonder if Oliver Cromwell was a goodie or a baddie.
I love your paper and especially this computer link which enables old boys like me to keep in touch with the past, but nothing ever stays the same. (sigh)
Tony Walsh
Prestatyn
Nothing ever stays the same, at least not in the real world, but in our minds and memories - and in photographs - time is frozen. As for Oliver Cromwell, he used to stand in front of the Cathedral, at the junction of Victoria St, Cateaon St, Deansgate and Victoria Bridge. Later the statue was moved to Wythenshawe Park. I wasn't aware he was stood in the Oxford Road area. Can anyone shed some light on this?

Name: barbara
E-Mail: bmt910@hotmail.com
Website:
From or connections with: Collyhurst
Present Location:
Subject: Whitley Arms
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
I am trying to find information about a pub called the Whitey Arms,in Whitley Street, Collyhurst, Manchester. My great grandmother
Elizabeth Nolan owned the pub from 1870 onwards, but unfortunately it was pulled down in the 1930's .Are there any photo's available, or does anyone have any information about the pub or of this area of Collyhurst.
Thanks Barbara
You could have a look in the Central Library local studies unit - if you're in Manchester. Maybe someone out there remembers the pub, and old Collyhurst.

No 1 Deansgate - architectural visualisationName: joe
E-Mail: irritated@postmaster.co.uk
Website:
From or connections with: Crumpsall
Present Location: Crumpsall
Subject: Small point
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
Just a small point on the destruction of the wonderful Victoria Buildings on Deansgate which I gather is, like mine one of you're all time favourite building's in Central manchester. The building was actually destroyed by an arsonist guest and not in the Christmas Blitz of 1940. Joe.
I thought I read in the facsimile edition of 'The Manchester Blitz' that the Victoria Buildings were hit by incendiary bombs. There was a description by someone who was staying in the Victoria Hotel, which overlooked the cathedral. If arson was the cause of its destruction, then it's an even greater loss. If it was there today it would be one of the jewels of the city centre. Currently under construction on the site of the Victoria Buildings is No1 Deansgate, designed by Ian Simpson architects. It replaces the ugly Shambles West development which was damaged by the bomb and later demolished. A new Shambles West is under construction on the remainder of the site where the Victoria Buildings used to stand. There ought to be on-street displays indicating where Manchester's lost buildings used to stand.

Name: Kathy Brockwell
E-Mail: KatBrckwll@aol.com
Website:
From or connections with: Hulme/ Moss Side/ Chorlton-Cum- Hardy
Present Location: Stockport cheshire
Subject: Manchester Cinemas
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan, re the Gaumont on Oxford St. How well i remember the side street that ran longside the Gaumont. Believe the Tootals building was also at the corner. this side street had one of the exits from the cinema & was very often not quite closed..Many times as a schoolgirl, my pals & i would slip in unoticed to watch the films. One film sticks in my memory, " This Happy Breed" which was in Black& White & Colour... It starred Noel Coward & Celia Johnson........As for the Regal Twins on Oxford St,my first visit was when i received my first weeks wages,,Oh how rich i felt, sitting & watching Deanna Durbin in " Can!t Help Singing". At the back of the Odeon cinema, one street ran parallel with the whole block of the Odeon. [sorry names escape me]Anyway, i discovered an office of Paramount Pictures was on this street & made friends with the office girls who in turn would save me all the latest mags & newsletters, plus anything relating to the movies..All this while i was still at school,,,,Ah,, wonderful memories,, your site brought it all back.. Thanks a miilion......Kathy Brockwell
I never fail to be amazed at the memories my photographs provoke. I go up Oxford St most days and quite often take photographs of it and publish them in Eyewitness in Manchester. I couldn't have imagined that a photo of a building can bring out so much. Buildings are more than bricks and mortar, they are a link with other times. When buildings - like the Gaumont - are demolished, the link is broken, and can only be maintained by looking at old photographs. Thanks for your contribution, and glad you had such happy times in your youth!

Name: Kathy Brockwell
E-Mail: KatBrckwll@aol.com
Website:
From or connections with: Hulme/ Moss Side/ Chorlton- Cum- Hardy
Present Location: Stockport Cheshire
Subject: Birchfields Skating Rink
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan, Yes there was a Birchfield Skating Rink, it was for roller skating, I went for many years, the reason being it closed earlier than the dance halls, the latter closed at 10.30pm, i had to be in by 10pm, i think the skating rnk closed at 9.30pm..
You had to be in by 10pm? - Nowadays, many club-goers haven't even left the house by 10pm! In September, on my final night out before the baby was born (4 October), I finished up at the Press Club, just off Deansgate, eventually arriving home at 6am. The former Birchfields Skating Rink later became a concert venue, the International, and is now an excellent Turkish supermarket, Venus Foods.

Name: janet williams
E-Mail: janetwilliams@plasp.com
Website:
From or connections with: Moston, Manchester
Present Location: mississauga, ontario. canada
Subject: wonderful website that brings back wonderful memories
EWM Photo: alexandra park, cheetham hill where l grew up.
Reader Message: Dear Aidan
l return to England each year, but it is so good to see different places l used to visit. l did not realize that mark and spencers was in cheetham hill. or the first jewish school.
Neither did I until I went on the Jewish Museum tour! Very glad you like you enjoy the website.


Name: Joseph Rick
E-Mail: Joseph_rick@yahoo.com
Website:
From or connections with: Urmston &Stretford
Present Location: Levittown ,Pennsylvania,USA
Subject: Davyhulme Circle
EWM Photo: Davyhulme Circle
Reader Message: Dear Aidan Saw your photo of Davyhume Circle which included a shot of the Nag's Head pub ,I have left my bike outside that pub many times and gone and had 'A quick one ' on the way home from work
always tasted great. Davyhulme Circle looks much better than I ever remember it ,Of course that was 40 years ago . Good job ,Aidan, Love this new set up. Joe Rick
Davyhulme is under the control of Trafford Borough, and I notice this local authority has planted flowers in many areas, including Davyhulme Circle. I once left a bike outside the Barleycorn pub on Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, and it was stolen. Thanks for your kind comments!

Name: lily hulme
E-Mail: grgranny@tpg.com.au
Website:
From or connections with: ashton under lyne manchester
Present Location: blackett n s w australia
Subject: just want to say i enjoy the pics of ashton .
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
Thanks for the photos of Ashton .I love them .Makes me feel a bit homesick i think i would get lost there now as i have been in australia over 30 yrs .ihave a couple of books written by Alice Lock with photos of old Ashton .one is the school i attended there .christ church on oldham road ,its been gone years it was sad to hear that .its like a part of my past as been wiped out .my name was buckley before being wed so if anyone out there wants to get in touch with me i would be happy .not many people my age like to get on computers,im 69 now im sure there are some though out there ,best wishes lily
On the contrary, many people in the upper age echelons are using computers, particularly to view Eyewitness in Manchester! When a building is demolished, a part of the past has been wiped out. That's why we HAVE to look at old pictures in order to get a complete view of a town or city. What we see today is not the full story. Hope you find friends and relatives 'out there'. Thanks very much for contacting.

Name: Derek Brown
E-Mail: mazel1@msn.com
Website:
From or connections with: Salford (nr Prestwich)
Present Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Subject: Love looking at your pictures .
EWM Photo: Looking at down town Manchester.
Reader Message: Dear Aidan
Your pictures are wonderful, helps to keep me connected
to Manchester. (Don't like the changes, but they never
asked me.) Keep up to good work.
Derek. . .
They should have asked you! Everyone with Manchester connections, wherever they live, has a right to be consulted about the developments in Manchester. But not even residents in Manchester have been able to have an influence on planning decisions. Many developments are good, but some are extremely bad and could have been avoided if 'the powers that be' had followed the wishes of the people, rather than doing their own thing.

Old Infirmary Building, StockportName: Potato Man
E-Mail: potato_man@lycos.co.uk
Website:
From or connections with: Stockport
Present Location: Stockport
Subject: Stockport Infirmary Redevelopment
EWM Photo: http://www.aidan.co.uk/eyewitness-in-manchester/001ewm/lg/DSCN2637.jpg
Reader Message: Dear Aidan
I enjoyed reading the article on Stockport, although it's a little weird reading this sort of article about somewhere you've lived for best part of two decades. There are just a few points I'd like to make though.
The old Stockport Infirmary building is being (has been) converted into office space by Bruntwood Estates, 42,000 sq ft currently unlet, yet despite the apparently excellent restoration work they have done it must be contender for worst named building award 2001 (Millennium House what possessed them). For most locals the building is and always will be the Old Infirmary (which incidentally was name displayed during development).
The 'luxury apartments' to which you refer are actually adjacent to the main hospital building (on Thomson St) in what used to be the old nurses homes. Rather than following the city centre model (i.e. yuppie flats) the development was marketed by a local housing association, with flats sold on a shared ownership basis. Basically this enables people on a limited income to get a foot on the property ladder by purchasing (presumably with a mortgage) part of the property, say 50% while paying rent on the remainder. I believe more schemes like this are required in the city centre, which in my eye is in danger of becoming a rich mans ghetto. Hopefully the Ancoats regeneration and the neighbouring millennium (that word again) community development will address this issue.
On a lighter note I've enjoyed the site and look forward to future updates. Keep up the good work!
PS. The third floor of Stopford House, the council office building on Piccadilly is probably one of the best places I know with public access (follow the signs for the education department) for views of the town centre and beyond, it would provide a great vantage point for future Eyewitness Manchester photographs.
Aha! Now that's a tip I can use - third floor of Stopford House. Sorry about my sloppy reporting of the Old Infirmary project. I just assumed that the apartments would be in the main building and that they would be luxury. I should have looked closer. Thanks for the info, you sound like you know what you're talking about. I agree totally with the over-use of that over-hyped word beginning with m. I also agree totally with the trend towards the city centre becoming a yuppie ghetto. The developers seem to take pride in announcing that such and such an apartment is 'the first 3 million pound apartment'. The city centre ought to have a broad range of residents, including families, not just single or co-habiting high earners. Thanks for your message

Arndale Centre 50's facade before demolition autumn 2001Name: Chris Bateman
E-Mail: eternal_uk2000@yahoo.co.uk
Website:
From or connections with:
Present Location: Bolton
Subject: Arndale Centre Demoliton?
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
On a recent visit to manchester and on market street today, I noticed that the 1960s building, the one that is 'encased' in the Arndale centre's frontage ( you come out of tescos and it is facing u straight across the street, and featured sometime back on this board) is being demolished, i was wondering if you could please tell me why it is being demolished?, Thanks

I think it must be part of the remodelling of the Arndale Centre facade along Market St. The developers must have decided that this relic of pre-Arndale times was not worth saving. Perhaps not, but it is yet another tiny piece of the mosaic of Manchester that's disappeared. I would guess this facade dates from the mid-fifties, just before the decision to go ahead with what would later become the Arndale Centre.


Name: Peter Kay
E-Mail: peterfkay@hotmail.com
Website:
From or connections with: Middleton
Present Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Subject: Old school friends
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Reader Message: Dear Aidan
With reference to the request from Lawrence West concerning old school friends.
The web site: friendsreunited.co.uk - will be very useful to your readers.
Keep up the good work and for us who will not be home for Christmas could you please show some pictures of the Christmas lights.
Cheers,
Peter.
Yes, I'll be including the Christmas Lights in an upcoming update of Eyewitness in Manchester.

 

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