MANCHESTER – a ‘tamed and gentrified’ industrial giant

MANCHESTER’s boom was brought on by textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution.  It earned the nickname ‘Cottonopolis’ and became the world’s first industrialized city, and the Empire’s principal factory town.  In the city centre, Victorian-era office buildings still dominate many streets.

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Laurence S. Lowry painted the industrial districts of Manchester and Lancashire.  A gallery and theatre in the Salford Quays area celebrates his urban landscape paintings, inhabited by “matchstick men” in smoking environments.

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Salford was a principal dockyard of the Manchester Ship Canal (which is just as important as it sounds).  A major factory town and inland port, the City of Salford is now part of Greater Manchester.  The Quays have been redeveloped with bridges, the northern branch of the Imperial War Museum, BBC Sport Headquarters, the Lowry Theatre and Gallery Complex, and condominium apartment buildings.  Salford Quays is reachable by electric tram from Central Manchester.

   

Manchester is a major cultural and sports centre – but to Canadians it’s best known for “Coronation Street”, the original and now longest running soap opera on British television.  The series began in 1960 and continues to this day.

<PICTURED ABOVE – Ena Sharples, Martha Longhurst and Minnie Caldwell at the Rover’s Return Pub>

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