In my first year at Acadia, I took a course (a life-changing course) by a one Dr. David Duke (no...not the American white-supremist!) - "Environmental History." In this course we were assigned a section of Engels book. Anyway, during my trip home over the holidays, I was 'challenged' to trace the steps of this depiction of Manchester in 1844. Since I had some spare time and hadn't really explored much of the city, I felt this would be an excellent opportunity to see Manchester in a completely different way than I would have without this little adventure!
On Saturday, I re-read what Engels had written. I was amazed by a) how little I knew about the areas mentioned and b) how many of area names I actually recognized. I know this pretty much contradicts itself, but essentially, I hadn't been to most of the areas discussed, but had heard mention of them.
After reading the description, I highlighted all the areas noted and did a quick search on Google Maps.
|Sorry for the walk-time - I didn't know how to get rid of it!|
The blue dotted line represents the outline of Manchester proper, as described by Engels
When I got home, I mapped out all the spots I could easily find, and then did a little research into the few that I couldn't. Two main areas or landmarks appeared to be missing: Ducie Bridge and St. Michael's Church. There is mention of "the Old Church" which I have taken to mean Manchester Cathedral, but unfortunately there doesn't appear to be a St. Michael's Church within the area in question. Regardless, the focus of this adventure is located amongst two areas of Manchester - the Central Retail District and NOMA, which is a "newly developing neighbourhood" according to the map.
|A snapshot of the map, with the various landmarks circled in hard-to-see pencil.|
The brownish areas are the retail district, and the green is NOMA.
To give you an idea of what this section looks like based on "back-in-the-day" maps here's a few for you to checkout! One is a map of Manchester proper, while the other focuses on the same industrial section I took a picture of.
|The River Medlock from Oxford Road, now featuring...Starbucks!|
|Note the glimmer of archway.|
|The River Medlock off of Whitworth Street towards Oxford Road.|
|Piccadilly Gardens - no that's not the London Eye, apparently everyone's got 'em!|
|Piccadilly Gardens, 1824|
|Manchester Cathedral, 1791-1810|
|The Manchester Cathedral, 2015|
|The River Irwell|
|The River Irwell with the Cathedral|
Long Millgate - the blue building is the National Football Museum.
|Long Millgate, date unknown|
|Old White Lion, Long Millgate, 1875|
|It's hard to see from this picture, but if you look past the Cathedral, |
you can see that there are new buildings behind it.
|Victoria Station, 2015|
|Victoria Station, 1921|
Todd Street...or what's left of it! The opposite side of the street is the National Football Museum.
Next on the list was Withy Grove. Engels described this street along with Todd, Long Millgate and Shude Hill as being "narrow and winding." For the most part I tend to agree...particularly had "those house" been present on Long Millgate. Anyway, Withy Grove surrounds one side of the Arndale Mall. There are bars, coffee shops, and various other retail-related places to be found. It's quite commercialized. Somewhere along here St. Michael's Church should have been, but as noted previously, it seems to no longer be around. Note, though that there isn't much difference between the then and now photographs, as far as the busyness and commercial aspects are concerned!
|Withy Grove, from Fennel Street, 1895|
|The bottom of Withy Grove from Fennel Street, 2015|
|Smithfield Market, Shudehill, 1896|
|Shudehill - at the end of this street is the Arndale Mall.|
|The back of Shudehill.|
|Ducie Bridge Pub|
|The back of Ducie Bridge Pub (from Corporation Street)|
|The bridge also known as Cheetham Hill Road.|
Could this be THE Ducie Bridge?!
|The mix of old and new. The newer part makes up the beginning stages of the NOMA development.|
-the Orange Canadian