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Review of My Guide to Manchester by Jonathan Schofield
Posted at 7:26 on Wednesday 18th February, 2015

This is a review of My Guide to Manchester, the complete guide to the city, written by tour guide and author Jonathan Schofield, published in early 2015 by Manchester Books. Jonathan Schofield is probably the best known tour guide in Manchester and he has written extensively about the local area and region. I’ve known Jonathan […]

Tony Wilson interviewing Aidan O’Rourke & guests Cornerhouse Manchester 2007
Posted at 23:42 on Thursday 12th February, 2015

In June 2007 Tony Wilson interviewed Adele Loch Arlene McCarthy and me at the Cornerhouse Manchester. It was on a BBC Radio Manchester programme called Talk of the Town. Businesswoman Adele Lock founded the Gentry grooming company in Manchester. Arlene McCarthy was at the time Labour Euro MP for the North West. She stood down […]

Photo-Essay – Silhouetted scenes of Stockport, Merseyside and Manchester
Posted at 22:40 on Monday 9th February, 2015

I love the effect of dusk light, when street lights, buildings are cast into shadow and appear silhouetted against the sky. In the urban landscape of northern England, many of these buildings remind us of the past. Modern elements such as cars and fashions are excluded. We can only imagine what is in the black […]

Castlefield viaducts reflected in puddles black and white image
Posted at 23:49 on Wednesday 4th February, 2015

Three railway viaducts built at different times cross Castlefield, the former industrial wharfside district. Two of the viaducts are still in use, but the biggest, made of cast iron, is in a poor state and its demolition has been discussed. Castlefield would lose its unique character if this structure were to disappear. I remember travelling […]

Castlefield Beetham Hilton Tower and canal barge
Posted at 23:43 on Wednesday 4th February, 2015

The wide curved section of of Castlefield is one of the most picturesque parts of this former industrial district where canal barges were loaded and unloaded. Today the Hilton Tower dominates the scene, a futuristic element within a renovated former industrial setting. In photographs the contrast is generally a lot more than we see with […]

Manchester Castlefield bridges panorama 1998
Posted at 14:05 on Wednesday 4th February, 2015

ARCHIVE IMAGE   180° panorama of Castlefield bridges and canals. the 19th century railway viaducts carry railway lines – including Metrolink – into and out of Manchester. On the right is the Millennium footbridge. Castlefield was one of the first areas in Manchester to be restored. It still looks much the same toay as it […]

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