The reds of Manchester


Can it really be the case that most of the foreign visitors to Manchester are drawn to the home city of the globally famous Manchester United football club, rather than to its many other historical and cultural connections such as Peterloo, Marx and Engels, the Industrial Revolution, Pankhurst, Lowry, the Hallé Orchestra, the Smiths and the Stone Roses?

If so, then it is surely appropriate that the city’s brilliant Victorian and Edwardian architecture includes, in addition to classical and gothic stone exteriors, many buildings in red brick, whether huge hotels, warehouses and university buildings or more modest terraces.


The Midland Hotel, built opposite the former Manchester Central railway station.



Two views (here and below) of the Sackville Street building of the University of Manchester.



Lancaster House, a former commercial warehouse.



Formerly part of Manchester Grammar School, this building is now part of Chetham’s School of Music.



Although most widely known as a fire station, this building opposite Piccadilly railway station also housed a coroner’s court, a police station and an ambulance station.



St Mary’s Catholic Church, known as “The Hidden Gem” after a description by a bishop in the 19th century. This building dates from the 1840s, but the parish originates from 1794.



Part of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, with the former fish market on the right and adjoining shops.



Hanging Ditch Buildings opposite Manchester Cathedral.



From this direction, the red bricks of the former warehouse Chepstow House are somewhat overwhelmed by the green tiled facade of the Peveril of the Peak pub.



Finally, an unidentified warehouse on Princess Street across from Manchester Town Hall.


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