St John's Parish Church Irlam
From: Karen Atkinson
Re: Irlam Steel Works
My grandfather was traffic
manager at the steelworks about 1933 and would love to find out
more about the steelworks, what my grandfather did there and how
long he worked there.
Can you give me any more
information and suggest where I might start looking?
When I was doing the
feature in Irlam, I called in at the local library and they had
a lot of information about the steelworks, as well as the history
of the area. That would be a good place to start. You can access
the library services in the City of Salford by going to the local
authority website www.salford.gov.uk
From: Revd Denis Nadin
Would like to mention
my site on Burnage Heritage
I am just trying to complete Bombs Over Burnage and would welcome
contact with those interested in Burnage and its history.
Revd Dennis Nadin
Best of luck with
your Burnage site - here's a recent photo of Burnage
Subject: Can you help me please?
Hi my name is Ema Murphy
and I attend sixthform in Liverpool city centre.
I am currently in my
final year of doing my A level in Art, and as part of my final exam
grade I have to produce a Personal Study of my own choice, I have
chosen to study Jesse Hartley concentrating on his design of Liverpools
My project needs to be
quite in-depth therefore I would be grateful for any information
anyone could supply me with.
If you could supply
me with any information on this topic could you please contact me
as soon as possible at: I would really appreciate
Thank you. Ema Murphy.
I haven't got any
information myself, but hopefully someone out there can help this
>Subject: Kennedy Street
Dear Aidan, I enjoy your
EWM site very much. I have only visited Manchester once, but I would
certainly like to return in a couple of years when so many projects
will be wrapping up.
I have a few questions:
Where in the city centre
is Kennedy Street? I have seen references to a redevelopment proposal
for the street (I think on manchestercivic.org), and it looks like
it has some nice buildings. Is it off Deansgate? In Salford? And,
are there any proposals for it?
Also, as I recall from
my visit, there were a few buildings along Mosley Street whose absence
would enhance the street - they looked as though they were from
the seventies or so. There was the one on St Peters Square, and
some other ones closer to the Portico Library. My question is if
any of these have been torn down/redesigned (or if there are any
plans), and, if so, would you please take some photos of Upper Mosley
when you have the chance?
Have you seen any indication
of the design for the new hotel on Deansgate (the one to replace
Northcliffe House)? If so, how does it look?
Further down that same
street, can you tell me what is being done in the part of the GN
warehouse that fronts Deansgate?
And finally, in Vancouver,
there seem to be trees along every sidewalk. I seem to recall Manchester
lacked much greenery along its streets. Are there any signs of an
improvement, perhaps in time for the Commonwealth Games?
Sorry for all the questions,
but you're my eyes in Manchester.
Thanks, Tim Wood Vancouver,
eyes in Manchester" sounds like a good publicity line for this
website! Anyhow, to answer your questions: Kennedy Street is a low,
narrow street which runs parallel to Princess Street, which is overlooked
by the north-east facing facade of the Town Hall. On Kennedy St, there
are a number of very interesting buildings, which are currently disused.
There was a proposal to put a block with several storeys on top of
these buildings, but it was rejected. I'm not sure what the current
proposals are, but I'll report back.
Yes, Mosley St has
some typical examples of 1970's mediocrity - I believe a very impressive
Victorian building was torn down to make way for one of them. As
far as I'm aware there are no plans to remove any of these modern
buildings. Incidentally, the City Art Gallery extension is currently
well in progress.
The design of the
hotel to replace the inspiring art deco Northcliffe House is apparently
yet another well-behaved, clean and contemporary brick and glass
box. Deansgate will have lost one of its major landmarks and be
a lesser place once Northcliffe House has gone.
The GN warehouse is
being extensively remodelled and extended - the long facade facing
onto Deansgate is also being cleaned and renovated. The fabric of
the buildings is being extensively retained. It looks like a good
job, though the extension to the warehouse hides its southern facade,
and blocks the view of GMEX, the former Central Station.
the redevelopment plan for Piccadilly, trees are being introduced
along the pavements, which are being tastefully relaid with sandstone-coloured
paving stones. The trees are small, with sparse branches and foliage.
I have mixed feelings about trees - if they are allowed to grow unchecked,
as has happened in Piccadilly Gardens, they become a nuisance, blocking
out light and providing prime city centre accomodation for hordes
Hope this helps and
thank you very much for your e-mail!
From: "John Duffield"
Subject: More drawings and paintings
No, I wouldn't like drawings
and paintings. I see you featured the Refuge building again. It's
your favourite, isn't it? Mine's the CIS Regards
Yes, the CIS is great
- I like the Refuge, but the reason I seem to feature it so much
is that I'm often in that part of town. I was working in Gateway
House on that day and saw some amazing views out the window. I'd
like to do some views from the CIS building - on the day I visited
it was pouring rain - the black and white night shot was taken after
that visit. Thanks for your feedback regarding drawings and paintings
- in your usual to-the-point style!
Subject: Manchester Ship Canal - Partington.
Although I thoroughly
enjoyed your article on the Manchester Ship Canal
(MSC), I was disappointed not to hear any mention of my home town
Having lived in South
Africa for many years I am under no illusions of the
type of place that Partington has now become but in my childhood
MSC was a major part of our new and developing town.
I can still vividly remember
being "sculled" across the canal to Cadishead
in a row boat so that we could spend an afternoon at the Irlam Swimming
Baths, or visit my Auntie Alice who also lived in Irlam.
The introduction of an
outboard motor to the "ferry" was the talk of the
Partington when it was introduced, although in later years when
broke down or ran out of petrol, meaning we had to return to "sculling",
that was also something to tell the neighbors !!
Walking down the long
canal path (both sides) was as exciting as waiting for
the "Manchester Miller" to pass before we could begin
our crossing and the
local pride that we all felt at being able to view the Manchester
sail past our own doorstep is still a vivid memory.
A gas explosion on the
canal (caused by spillage from a local chemical base)
which killed some shiftworkers on their way to work kept the dangerous
of the canal alive for years, as well as the odd drowning of a local
inhabitant, which (sadly) inevitably happened every so often.
So although all this
may seem quite boring to the casual reader, the MSC at
Partington was a massive landmark to the locals and to read such
report of the MSC cruise which made no mention of Partington was
Is Partington such a
terrible place these days that it doesn't warrant a
Is there still a ferry
at Lock Lane ?
What happened to the
familly that made a business of running the ferry ?
These are all questions
that cannot be answered by taking the MSC cruise but
perhaps somebody can identify with my memories and shed some light
I'm sorry I didn't
mention Partington in the report - no offence intended. The view
is personal, and I tend to mention the places I know. I hope to
do a "Ship Canal Revisited" feature in future, mentioning
Partington! There is no longer a ferry at Lock Lane - the photo
on the left was taken aboard the MV Mountwood as it passed by Lock
Lane on the Manchester Ship Canal Cruise, featured in September
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