In Manchester

13 May

In Manchester. It’s a beautiful piece of perfect pop by the band, Wire. Here’s a link to it on YouTube. It’s also where I was, last weekend. In all the travelling I’ve undertaken in recent times, I haven’t explored my own country much. Last weekend, work took me to England’s northwest and a return to the city of Manchester and its university. 

I had a little time to re-acquaint myself with the city centre. Victorian Gothick abounds. The Museum, the cathedral, the University, the City Hall… 





My accommodation was nothing short of astonishing. I stayed at the former Refuge Assurance Building, a marvel of redbrick and Burmantoft tiles, marble and brass. It demonstrates a commitment to the aesthetic that we rarely encounter now, a testament to lost crafts and foundries. My little not-so-smart phone isn’t up to the job of reflecting the architectural splendour of the building, but it did its best. 







 What an amazing city… It just goes to show that England isn’t just about London, as some people seem to believe. If it weren’t for the political climate here – it’s even worse than the meteorological one – I could almost fall in love with my country again. 

All text and images © PSR 2017


6 Responses to “In Manchester”

  1. Mari Biella May 13, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    It looks beautiful. I’m not familiar with Manchester, but a little visit may be in order…

    • Paul Sutton Reeves May 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

      Hi Mari and thanks for commenting. Yes, it has a grand centre.

      I have an idea for a series of posts featuring exiled guests and rather hoped you might participate…

      • Mari Biella May 14, 2017 at 7:05 am #

        I’m not sure I really qualify as an exile, but it would be an honour!

  2. Paul Sutton Reeves May 14, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    Excellent, Mari! I’ll let you know what it’s all about, shortly.

  3. estellalynch May 18, 2017 at 6:39 pm #

    You swept me straight to Manchester city centre with your words and photos. Refuge Assurance Building will surely be on my list of sites to see when I am soon in Manchester again. Beautiful.

    • Paul Sutton Reeves May 18, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

      Thanks for your kind comments, Estella. It was some years since I’d visited and I’d forgotten what a truly impressive city centre it has.

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