THE NORTH END OF ARDWICK GREEN is overlooked by Tanzaro House, an unusually shaped building with a red brick and stone facade and large windows.

EWM says: This is a very eye-catching and unusual building which adds to the unique character of Ardwick Green. But there's something about it that's puzzling. What is it?

THE NORTHERN END OF ARDWICK GREEN presents an interesting combination of buildings - On the right the red brick and stone facade of Tanzaro House, in the middle an older building of similar colour with bay windows and at the Stockport Rd end, Ardwick Barracks.

EWM says: Looking at old photographs in the Local Studies Unit, I discovered that this building and the one in the middle used to be more than twice the height. Post-war photographs show that the upper part of the building was removed - probably due to war damage - and a new flat roof was added. Remarkable!

This building used to house my grandfather's flag manufacturing firm J T Dobbins Ltd and was known as Crown Mills then. They held the royal warrant and during the war employed over 400 machinists making uniforms etc. Tom Dobbins was awarded the OBE for his services for the elderly people of Ardwick Green and on his premature death from a heart attack age 66 the Ardwick and District Old Peoples Club was renamed the Tom Dobbins Club. He lived across the road at 23 Major St from where my mother, his only daughter Lucy Dobbins, was married at Ardwick Methodist Church in 1953. My mum is still alive age 88.
The flat roof was due to a fire but not during the war.
Hope this fills in some gaps
Chris Peake (granddaughter)
EWM says: Many thanks for this very interesting and valuable information. Every building has a story!

THE ARMY BARRACKS stands on the corner of Ardwick Green next to the main road. Next door is the red stone and brick building known as Tanzaro House, a building whose upper floors were removed after the war. As elsewhere in Manchester the spaces formerly taken up by buildings are now filled by billboard adverts.

EWM says: This is an older shot originally captured on negative film and scanned.

NEW BRICK GATEPOSTS have been installed as part of the environmental improvements to the A6 carried out in the run up to the 2002 Commonwealth Games. A new central strip with pedestrian crossing places and bus lane was also added to the road. There are no gates - you can enter Ardwick Green at any time. Through the gateposts can be seen St Thomas's Church.

EWM says: The recently built brick gates are traditional in style, but are not part of the original design and character of the Green. Was it right to 'retrospectively reintepret' Ardwick Green like this?

THIS LARGE JEWEL-SHAPED STONE has been a feature of Ardwick Green for at least a century. In the background to the left is St Thomas's church and on the right new houses.

EWM says: Old postcards show the stone with the pond and bandstand in the background. You can see them at the Central Library Archives and Local Studies Unit.

ALONG ARDWICK GREEN, at the corner of Higher Ardwick new houses have been built. This site was once a row of Georgian style terraced facades which housed Ardwick Town Hall (taken over by the City of Manchester in 1909) and St Gregory's RC Boys School, formerly the Industrial School.

EWM says: The south eastern end of Ardwick Green was a vacant site for many years. It's good to see new houses being built here, bringing a new community back into Ardwick.

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