HERE ARE THE
LATEST PICTURES to be added to Eyewitness in Manchester. I'm
also including a book mini-review.
AHEAD FESTIVAL 2000 started in a riot of colour on Easter
Monday (24 April) with a parade from the Printworks leisure
complex (open in Autumn 2000) to Manchester Town Hall, on
Ahead is the largest free street festival in the United Kingdom,
and in 2000, there are an amazing number of events taking
place across Greater Manchester.
photos, taken towards the end of the parade, give just a small
sample of the sights and sounds on offer.
RESERVOIR is only 9miles (14 kilometres) east of the centre
of Manchester, and is a popular place for walking cycling,
boating, fishing and just admiring the scenery.
are two reservoirs here, a smaller one, Yeoman Hey, built
around 1880, and the main reservoir built in the mid 1960's.
It's now owned and operated by North West Water.
south west corner, the water falls into a gigantic conical
funnel, and is piped for treatment in nearby Mossley.
SIGNS can be seen on the footpaths around Dove Stone reservoir.
The land here belongs to the Peak District National Park,
one of three National Parks in England and Wales.
are regulations which visitors have to obey, as we can see
here. Much of the land is privately owned, but is open for
use by the general public.
SHALL CALL YOU..."TREE". Taken on Good Friday, 21
April 2000, this tree still has no leaves - it stands on the
hillside overlooking Dove Stone reservoir.
location gives the tree a primeval quality. Is this a lone
surviving tree from what was once a forest, or has it always
stood alone like this?
distance, Saddleworth Moor is just visible. Soon this tree
will be sprouting leaves.
flows into Dove Stone reservoir, east of Saddleworth, in Oldham
cold water is a peaty brown colour from the moors above. The
reservoir is just beyond the trees to the left - the path
leads across the footbridge to the right and around the reservoir.
PICCADILLY. At around Easter 2000 Piccadilly is in the process
of being dug up, in preparation for the implementation of Manchester
City Council's redevelopment plan.
block will be constructed on the area directly in front of
us, obscuring views of the Portland Thistle hotel to the right,
and reducing the amount of open space in a city centre already
deprived of green areas.
left, the sunken gardens will be filled in, a concrete contemporary
Japanese style pavilion will be built, and there will be walk-through
fountains on the Oldham Street side, traversed by a hump-back
footbridge. Several statues will be dismantled and moved elsewhere.
back to see this scene in 2001, 2002 and later.
A composite panoramic view which runs from roughly north east
through east to south east Greater Manchester. The photos
were taken from the 12th floor of Manchester University Mathematics
building, on Oxford Road.
white building is the Maths & Social Science Building
of UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and
recently constructed multi-storey car park for the Commonwealth
Games pool looks clean and contemporary in the lower foreground,
but from close up, this building reminds me of a giant rabbit
hutch, with its grey mesh grilles mounted on bare concrete.
giant white cylinder of the former gas works at Beswick will
soon disappear from this scene - in April 2000 dismantling
is underway. A potent symbol of 19th century, and the 'energy
revolution' which powered the industrial revolution, will
only be visible in peoples memories, and in photos, including
curved roof of the Manchester Velodrome is just visible here
- and within a few months, the outline of the Commonwealth
Games stadium will start to appear to the left of it.
brown brick buildings in the foreground are part of Manchester
University - Which faculties do they house? E-mail info (at) aidan.co.uk
In the distance are the buildings of ICL West Gorton - a computer
company which has long associations with Manchester University.
the distance is a square building which almost looks like
a castle - I don't recognise it - do you? E-mail info (at) aidan.co.uk.
IN MANCHESTER BOOK MINI-REVIEW
OF MANCHESTER is packed with fascinating photos, many from
the 1940's and 50's.
after page of pure nostalgia" says the cover, but for
me it's a glimpse into the Manchester that was lost - a Manchester
which could have been preserved, and restored and developed.
photo, for instance, shows Market Street from the corner of
Cross Street - looking towards Piccadilly. All the buildings
on the left, with their interesting and varied facades, and
those visible on the right, were demolished to make way for
the Arndale Centre, with its grim and monotonous tiled exterior.
are many fascinating aerial photographs of Manchester City
Centre, showing the bomb sites which would later be developed
with modernist-style high rise buildings. The book also features
the history and development of many local businesses.
fascinating book and I strongly recommend it. Many of the
photos are taken from the collection of the Local Studies
Unit at Manchester Central Library.
information, e-mail info (at) aidan.co.uk