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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pevsner Architectural Guides; 1st Edition edition (25 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140711317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140711318
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 2.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,169,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The new book ... is a masterpiece of organisation, and a great full colour package at an affordable price." (City Life)
REVIEW: "The greatest endeavour of popular architectural scholarship in the world." -- Jonathan Meades, The Observer, 25th November 2001.

'[Hartwell's] deep knowledge and robust judgments are endlessly stimulating...she has sent this Mancunian back to his native city with a new pair of eyes' -- Nicholas Henshall, History Today, May 2002

'a worthy addition to the black-coated tribe.' -- Country Life Magazine, May 2005 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Clare Hartwell is an architectural historian based in Manchester.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bernardette Lugner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Oct 2002
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Based on Pevsner's account of Manchester in the 1960s, this guide adds a huge amount of new information about the modernisation of the city and sets the recent developments in their historic background. It is very much a street guide, that you will want to take in hand as you wander. After a brief, clear historical account of the development of Manchester, the bulk of the book is made up of area-by-area guides, each of which has a suggested route to walk and a map. The text covers the noteworthy buildings on each street, so you will be looking at buildings from many eras in a single walk. Backing up the walks are short chapters on eight important buildings: the Cathedral, Chetham's School, The Town Hall, the Town Hall Extension, Central Library, the City Art Gallery, The John Rylands Library, and the facade of the Free Trade Hall. There is a detailed coverage of the mixed bag of Academic buildings in the southern University area, and some coverage of places outside Manchester, such as Salford Quays, where the Lowry Centre and the new Imperial War Museum North are sited. Modern buildings are covered almost up to date, including several that were under construction when the book was in production, such as Urbis, the Piccadilly Gardens renovation, and the City Art Gallery. Separate indexes of buildings and of architects, and a short architectural glossary are helpful. The physical format of the book is a little disappointing. Although the many colour photographs are excellent, they are necessarily small, and are best when they capture details rather than whole buildings. The binding is determined to keep the book closed, so my copy is soon going to be damaged as I use both hands to wrench it open while walking the city pavements, and by the time all the walks are done, I expect it to be a wreck.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bernardette Lugner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Aug 2008
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Based on Pevsner's account of Manchester in the 1960s, this guide adds a huge amount of new information about the modernisation of the city and sets the recent developments in their historic background. It is very much a street guide that you will want to take in hand as you wander. After a brief, clear historical account of the development of Manchester, the bulk of the book is made up of area-by-area guides, each of which has a suggested route to walk and a map. The text covers the noteworthy buildings on each street, so you will be looking at buildings from many eras in a single walk. Backing up the walks are short chapters on eight important buildings: the Cathedral, Chetham's School, The Town Hall, the Town Hall Extension, Central Library, the City Art Gallery, The John Rylands Library, and the facade of the Free Trade Hall. There is a detailed coverage of the mixed bag of academic buildings in the southern University area, and some coverage of places outside Manchester, such as Salford Quays, where the Lowry Centre and the new Imperial War Museum North are sited. Modern buildings are covered almost up to date, including several that were under construction when the book was in production, such as Urbis, the Piccadilly Gardens renovation, and the City Art Gallery. Separate indexes of buildings and of architects, and a short architectural glossary are helpful. The physical format of the book is a little disappointing. Although the many colour photographs are excellent, they are necessarily small, and are best when they capture details rather than whole buildings. The binding is determined to keep the book closed, so my copy is soon going to be damaged as I use both hands to wrench it open while walking the city pavements, and by the time all the walks are done, I expect it to be a wreck.Read more ›
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If anybody wanted a detailed amount of information regarding buildings in and around the Manchester City centre they should go no further than purchase this book
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Bought for a Mancunian friend. Such wonderful buildings in this city and this book helps you to appreciate what is there.
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