I’m not going to pretend that I’m true Manchester resident, I moved here late 2009 for uni and stayed ever since. From Oxford Road, Rusholme, Fallowfield and finally to Whalley Range, I have always stayed reasonable central but I do think I have a pretty good knowledge of the city. Saying this, it was so nice to go on some walking tours in some of my favourite and familiar spots.
Heritage day opened up some of Manchester’s most loved buildings to the public.
One tour we jumped on was an Ancoats Pubs tour. We arrive at the Crown and Kettle just off of Oldham Street and start the 90 minute walk around the industrial spot; we stare onto the oldest council houses in the world, peak into old mills and face onto derelict pubs that once were. It was a nice to find little nuggets of history like wooden street signs that hadn’t been changed since the mid 1900s.
It was definitely worth listening to old stories of old bustling pubs, housing estates and unions that have now fallen to the iradication of production in Manchester. A few signs of life were staring down on our group of imposters, but generally, the street felt empty.
Earliest council houses built in 1894, image via
If you missed the chance to go to some walks with Heritage Open Day, Manchester has its own version Manchester Curious that starts on the 1st October.
The programme includes a peak at Manchester’s very best secret spaces, whilst featuring walks with the Modernist society, Whitworth and HOME and an unusual tour of the Engery House in Salford; a replica house with fully environmental control.
Manchester Curious is run by a multi disciplinerary commitee including Manchester Society of Architects and was initially set up for the 150th anniversary of the society. Partnered with The Mustard Tree, the non-profit micro festival is aiming to bring awareness to the bits we don’t normally get to see… and there’s lots to see. It’s important to recognise the significant milestones in Manchester’s rich architctural history so make sure you book onto one of the many tours that this micro-festival has to offer…
Manchester Curious runs 1-4 October