Saturday, 15 September 2012

Sunday morning at Castlefields, Manchester

One of the barges turning around... a very slow process
Last weekend Brad and I were in Manchester and how lucky we were as the weather was sunny and hot , especially on the Saturday when we met my sister and had lunch then we later sat in Exchange Square  catching the last of the rays with a glass of Pinot. Lots of crowds in the square watching the last of the Paralympics on the large screen... the atmosphere was great.
On the Sunday morning we decided to have a walk around Castlefield which I had not seen since the regeneration. New apartments mixed with old warehouses, mills and the barge activity on the canal.  This area where Roman Manchester began and there are a few sites which have been reconstructed to illustrate this. It is also where the Rochdale canal meets the Bridgewater canal and close to Granada TV studios (saw a few of the Corrie actors having a quiet coffee) and the fabulous M.O.S.I (Museum of Science and Industry, which we visited later in the day..... will post those pics soon.
Swing bridge and renovated old mill
Old and new... Beetham tower in complete contrast to the canal and Victorian building
Old railway still in use by the tramway system, notice the gothic design and Castlelike turrets  built by the Victorians.
Brief history near the Roman remains
Quiet bar which is bustling in the evening
Apartments, mill, barge and canal.... really pleasant an quiet this Sunday morning
These Geese looked huge... I was used to seeing Ducks
One of the more pretty barges

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