Tag Archives: Manchester Town Hall

Manchester still rises

Tuesday 8th March 2022, 10.15am (day 3,848)

Town Hall area, 8/3/22

Nearly two years ago today (9/3/20) I was in Manchester and depicting much the same area of the city, albeit from higher up. On the left of this picture, the Town Hall remains swaddled in scaffolding and Prince Albert’s memorial on the right is also still under wraps. Shortly after 9/3/20, the stupidities of lockdown began and there were only three more Manchester pictures for the subsequent five months. None of that this year, thankfully. And if anyone ever tries it again I will ignore them.

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View from 82 King Street

Monday 9th March 2020, 12.50pm (day 3,119)

Manchester city centre, 9/3/20

Another photo of Manchester buildings looking dramatic; but from a new angle, taken from a meeting room in a building never before visited. The framing isn’t quite what it could be, but much different and the flourescent strips inside would have been reflected in the clouds. As it is, there’s one there — but I’m sure you will let that pass. The dominant building is the Town Hall, the direction of the view basically westwards.

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Closed today. And for another six years.

Wednesday 17th January 2018, 4.10pm (day 2,337)

Town Hall closed, 17/1/18

The title — and the sign — refer to the closure, as of today, of Manchester Town Hall for restoration, ‘until 2024’.

You know, I was just thinking that what this city really needs is a significant, very extended, disruptive building project. I’ll be fifty-five fucking years old in 2024.

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Town Hall, Manchester

Friday 15th July 2016, 9.05am (day 1,786)

Town hall, 15/7/16

Not quite the week I had planned, but today was always going to be a day in Manchester. This colonnade — there’s one on each side of the building — is a scene I pass most times I walk from the station to work, been meaning to photograph it for some time, today it got its chance.

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Library walk, reopened

Tuesday 7th July 2015, 9.30am (day 1,412)

Library walk, 7/7/15

This passage between the Manchester Central Library and the Town Hall has been closed for years, literally, while the library was refurbished, but it does now seem to be open again — at least, at this end. So this picture can be considered the latest documentary pic in the ongoing reconstruction of what seems to be the entirety of Manchester city centre.

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Manchester Town Hall

Tuesday 17th September 2013, 9.40am (day 754)

Manchester town hall, 17/9/13

In case this hasn’t been apparent from the pictures, it’s been raining for about three days now: not heavily, but persistently. As it always seems to around now, just in time to welcome the new year’s students to Manchester: hi, here’s that grey rainy city you were being warned about. Wanted to get a picture today that encapsulated their arrival, but with such flat grey light it was better, in the end, to do one like this. I know I could have been more at the necessary right angle to the facade, but hey.

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The Committee, Albert Square

Thursday 14th June 2012, 3.35pm (day 294)

The committee, 14/6/12

Full-on day of work today, both in Manchester during the first part of the day and in Hebden Bridge on into the evening. Very few chances to snatch photos of anything, and they were all snatched in transit from one meeting to the next. These guys were taking life rather easier than me today, but I still like the juxtaposition of their gathering with the sign in the windows of the Town Hall behind them.

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‘Champions’ banner, Manchester Town Hall

Tuesday 15th May 2012, 7.50am (day 264)

Manchester City banner, 15/5/12

Posted purely to wind up any Manchester United fans in the audience. I dislike Manchester United because of:

  1. the fact my Dad is a City fan of nearly 60 years’ standing
  2. the general arrogance
  3. (most of all) the 1983 FA Cup Final (look it up if you don’t get this reference).

Anyway the drama of Sunday’s game (which I missed altogether, being on a plane back from Copenhagen at the time) was too good for it to end any other way. Well done, City.

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