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Manchester’s Victorian Architecture: FREE tour

11/02/2023 2:00 pm
11/02/2023 3:40 pm

Manchester’s Victorian Architecture, Saturday 11 February 2023.
Meet: outside the Mercure Hotel, Portland Street, 2pm.
Booking: Please press here to book with Eventbrite.

The Builder magazine said “one can scarcely walk about Manchester without coming across frequent examples of the grand in architecture. There is nothing to equal it since the building of Venice”.

Okay, that was written in the 1850s, but for 19th century grandeur Manchester is hard to beat. There are Classical meeting halls and clubs, Italianate cotton palaces, Gothic towers and spires, and Baroque banks – and all of it is stolen, stolen from grand European creations which hopeful architects had sketched on their Grand Tour and then reproduced across the city.

The Gran Guardia Vecchia in Verona provided Edward Walters with a model for the Free Trade Hall; the St Mark’s Campanile in Venice was adapted by Thomas Worthington for the Police Courts on Minshull Street; Ypres Cloth Hall became Manchester Town Hall.

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