Monday, 23 May 2016

Walking across the twin cities ............ part two

Earlier in the week I began reflecting on where I would take my friend Susan who will be visiting from Canada in June.

I also asked for alternatives and here are the first four from Marion, Bill, Val and Antony

The Hidden Gem

I'm planning almost the same route for some visitors from California, Andrew. 

A short visit to the Hidden Gem maybe? Centre of a parish not so long ago and a beautiful interior plus that intriguing little passageway beside it.”  

The Ship Canal

As you may be getting to the Lowry I presume you will be taking in our inland waterway the MSC as the other Ship Canal I know is the St Lawrence Seaway, Canada.”

The Cathedal, the Old Wellington and off up Chapel Street

"Andrew not much of the twin city there. I would suggest a look at the cathedral, with a glance at the Old Wellington and the recovered old wall in 

Cathedral cafe, then down across Blackfriars Bridge across the Irwell towards Trinity church and the site of the old flat iron market, just round the corner on John St was site of one of the first Ironworks where they nicked Boulton and Watts patent for the steam engine. 

Blackfriars Bridge was first erected as a wooden crossing so people could see a show. 

Greengate is the heart of old Salford. Trinity Church is one of the oldest in Salford. The very small houses were destroyed to make way for the railway. 

You could then walk up Chapel St and cross the footbridge at the Lowry back into Manchester. Chets might be open as well. The heart of both cities.”

How about Halle St Peter's in Ancoats? There's a former church opposite Ardwick Green with the graveyard still intact which you can't see from the road because all the graves are ledger stones. St John's Gardens off Deansgate. John Rylands Library.” 

And a heap of places

“Albert's Chop House and Sam's Chop House.  The Old Pint Pot. 

Have a walk down Bloom Street in Salford and see the old Gas Offices opposite The Kings. 

The Jewish graveyard in Brindle Heath. 

The Crescent in Salford. Weaste Cemetery is fabulous if you like old gravestones which have stories to tell.   

The Coach and Horses nearby has the smallest snug in the world. I could go on but there is so little time.”

Location; lots of places

Pictures; from the collection of Andrew Simpson, 200-2016

*The history of the twin cities in a day .......... less a competition more a collective showing off,

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