Manchester black and white photography
The City of Manchester in Black and White
A Black and White photographic tour of the city that gave us Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Smiths, The Happy Mondays and New Order. It was place where Rutherford first split the atom and the birthplace of the first modern computer. Manchester boomed in Victorian Britain and many of the inventions and industrial achievements stem from that time.
Once upon a time, the Maths tower stood on this spot on Oxford Road. That is long since gone and in its place is this building. This photograph explores the abstract shapes of the modern design.
The Beetham Tower is the tallest building in the city and is the ninth tallest building in the UK. It was completed in 2006 and contains a hotel as well as other private residences
The Bridgewater Canal was the first major project that helped link Manchester to the outside world. Originally built by Francis Egerton, the Canal was used to transport coal from his mines in Worsley to Manchester
You don't have to wander to far in Manchester to see the heavy industry that once reigned supreme. At Castlefield, much of this has gone but the city has incorporated the old with the new and the area is now thriving with bars and apartments.
Built and completed in 1934, the Central library stands adjacent to the Town Hall. The library building is grade II listed and is often mistaken as being much older than it actually is. This library was where Friedrich Engels studied during his time in Manchester.
The Peveril of the Peak is a well known public house in the city. Clad in Victorian tiles, it stands as a reminder of days gone by.
Rumour has it that Morrissey studies for his A-levels in the Central Library at Manchester. This photograph shows the classical style of the design against the backdrop of the Town Hall.
Between the Central Library and the main Town Hall, this passageway makes for an interesting perspective.
Coming up the Bridgewater Canal into Manchester, you pass through a series of Locks. These locks are located at the bottom of Deansgate.
Deansgate Tunnel looking up at the Beetham Tower, Manchester. This tunnel is part of the Bridgewater Canal which helped first link Manchester to the outside world. In later years, rail was to replace barges as the main way of transporting goods in and out of the city.
Street Scene, Manchester. This photograph shows the well renowned Peveril of the Peak public house looking towards Oxford Street beyond.
Street Scene, Manchester. Any student at Manchester familiar with the bottom of Oxford Road will know of the Footage and Firkin. The Manchester Metropolitan Campus is just across the road from here.
The Free Trade Hall, Manchester. This is the facade of the Free Trade Hall. Now the front of an upscale hotel, the free trade hall used to home the Halle orchestra. When Bob Dylan came to play Manchester, he played here and this was the scene of his famous 'Play it loud' statement at the height of the Electric Dylan Controversy.
This old building lies on the side of the Bridgewater Canal in Central Manchester, almost like time has stood still.
This photograph was taken at Castlefield. This iron structure supports the trams as they work their way in and out of the city. Once upon a time, trains would have used this route to arrive at Manchester Central Station. This is no longer a train station today. Modern Mancunians will know it as the GMEX.
Jabez Clegg Nightclub, Manchester. A popular haunt for students at the University, the nightclub takes its name from a character in a novel by Isabella Varley Banks, The Manchester Man.
Another photograph showing the passageway between the Town Hall and the Central Library.
This photograph was taken in 2009. Manchester owes much of its heritage to the industrial revolution and the introduction of cotton. Many of the great buildings around the city were built when Manchester was known as Cottonopolis.
The old and the new. This photograph juxtaposes the two sides of Manchester as a modern European city. The Beetham tower was completed in 2006 and boasts a Hilton Hotel within its glass and steel structure. The railways have been in Manchester forever.
Bridge over the River Irwell. This whole area of the city has undergone something of a transformation in recent years. Bars abound and this bridge is located in the Spinningfields area of Manchester across from The Lowry Hotel.
Once upon a time, visitors to Manchester arrived at Manchester Central Railway Station. Across the road, was the opulent Midland Hotel. This photograph shows the roof of the station which is now the GMEX exhibition Centre.
The Town Hall and Central Library in Manchester hark back to another era.
A random street scene in the city. This photograph was taken in 2009.
Two engineering projects in Manchester, one old and one new. The Beetham tower towers above the city. It was opened in 2006 amid mixed reviews but is now seen as a much loved feature of the Mancunian landscape.
The Beetham Tower is supposed to visible from ten counties on a clear day. The skyscraper towers over the bottom end of Deansgate, Manchester.
The John Owens building at Manchester University was built in 1873 and designed by the famous architect Alfred Waterhouse. This shot shows a view from the Quadrangle inside.
Oxford Street is a main thoroughfare in Manchester that links the city centre with Fallowfield, Withington and Didsbury.
The Refuge Assurance building on Oxford Street is another Grade II listed building that identifies Manchester at a glance. This building was built in 1895 and designed by the famous architect, Alfred Waterhouse.
This photograph shows the Palace Hotel, Oxford Street, Manchester. It is also known as the Refuge Assurance building.
This photograph shows the area around the Town Hall and the Central Library.
Peter Street is the location of the Free Trade Hall. From here, The GMEX, Deansgate, Oxford Street, Albert Square and the Town Hall are a 5 minute walk.
Oxford Street, Manchester
A photograph showing the reflection of the Beetham Tower in a typical Mancunian puddle. Manchester is well known for the amount of rainfall it receives.
The glass and steel of the Beetham Tower.
Any visitor to Manchester should wander around Castlefield for an hour or two to get a feel of the industrial heritage of the city and the way in which it has re-invented itself in recent years.
Manchester Library, Manchester
The Midland Hotel is a grand city centre hotel in Manchester. On May 4th 1904, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce met in this hotel and a motoring giant was born. The hotel retains much of its charm today.
The trams are a relatively new addition to the city but like everything in Manchester, they have blended in to the old infrastructure well.
The Town Hall and Central Library in Manchester City Centre.
Manchester Town Hall was built to celebrate the magnificence of this great industrial city. Construction started in 1868 and was designed once again the great Alfred Waterhouse. The town hall stands on Albert Square.
Walking around Castlefield and you can see the layers of industrial history. This photograph shows how Manchester has helped reinvent itself in the modern era.
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