Why Redrock Stockport Deserves Its Carbuncle Cup Award

It may look great inside but the complex gives a poor outward approach to a great Cheshire town Before I start my architectural pontifications/criticism/rant, I shall own up to one thing: I have never been to Stockport’s Redrock complex. I have passed it on numerous occasions by train, by coach, and on the 330 bus…

Reality Estates That The Heroes Got: 4. Primrose Bank and Crete Street Tower Blocks

Montrose House and Primrose House: Partington’s short lived twin towers, on opposite sides of Ashton Road Throughout the United Kingdom, local authorities were given incentives to build taller tower blocks for slum clearance schemes. As well as heights, there were incentives to adopt experimental building systems. For example: Sectra, Bison, and Jespersen. As well as speeding…

The Glory Days of the Payphone

A look at Tameside’s payphones, past and present In the last thirty years, the way we kept in contact with our friends and loved ones have changed dramatically. In 1987, having a mobile phone meant you were: 1) pretty loaded; 2) the head of a drugs cartel; or 3) a bodybuilder able to pick up the damn…

Oldham ODEON: A Look at Oldham’s Newest Cinema

From town hall to multiplex conversion I had promised myself a trip to Greater Manchester’s latest addition for filmgoers. With The Mighty Stalybridge Celtic being away from home, this gave me a good excuse to call in to Oldham’s new ODEON cinema.

Shall We Take A Trip, 1978 Style? Part One: Inner City Tour

Retracing City of Manchester Corporation’s tours from their 1978 pocket guide Manchester in 1978: though a year before the creator of this blog emerged, the city’s Arndale Centre was a year from completion. University Challenge and Coronation Street was filmed at Quay Street instead of MediaCity. The Manchester Ship Canal’s Manchester Docks was in its…

Lost Football Grounds of the Tameside Area

Alternative Title: Whatever Happened To The Mighty Onions? The history of Tameside’s footballing sides past and present is worthy of a tome itself. Besides Mike Pavasovic’s books on his beloved Hyde F.C., there is little of great detail about the borough’s non-league sides. Stalybridge Celtic and Ashton United are chronicled in Gary James’ excellent ‘Manchester:…

In Pictures Special: Hello to Rochdale Interchange

East of the M60 visits Rochdale’s new bus station This Sunday saw a new chapter in Rochdale’s transport history with the opening of Rochdale Interchange’s bus station. It improves on its predecessor with twelve stands under one roof, and an entrance with waiting area – ideal for Town Taxi’s cabs and the forthcoming Metrolink line…

Reality Estates That The Heroes Got: 3. Ashfield Valley, Rochdale

The foolish man built his house upon the marsh… If you visited Rochdale in the mid to late 1970s and had an interest in modernist and brutalist architecture, you were in for a treat. As well as its soon to be demolished bus station, you could place its brown clad shopping centre. You knew you…

In Pictures Special: Farewell to the Old Rochdale Bus Station

The end of an era as another link with Greater Manchester Transport is severed By the end of this month, Rochdale’s buses will have moved to the new Rochdale Interchange, powered by an Archimedes screw from the River Roch. Next year, the new tram stop on the side of Smith Street will be ready, allowing…