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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. This could have been much better made, even if it would have put the price up by a pound or two, because this is a book I would like to both use and keep. If you live or work here, or are visiting, I recommend buying this Guide.
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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. This could have been much better made, even if it would have put the price up by a pound or two, because this is a book I would like to both use and keep. If you live or work here, or are visiting, I recommend buying this Guide.
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on 17 February 2012
Has info. on history, as well as architectural terms and features of each building. Main buildings get alot of pages, others a number of paragraphs. As a lay person, my appreciation of Manchester buildings and history was massively enhanced. It's well organised into chapters covering main buildings, modern academic buildings, town centre and outlying areas of central Manchester. Also has extra pages on related topics eg. ceramic tiles. Has a picture on each page. It's small and compact, but I don't like the shape - pages too narrow, a bit awkward to hold. Despite that I like it alot and keep referring to it.
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on 3 February 2013
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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on 10 April 2015
I bought this for a penny more than the cost of the postage! Absolutely amazing. It arrived within days and is in excellent condition.
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on 10 January 2013
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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on 9 April 2016
A fantastic background to the architectural history of Manchester, peppered with illustrations
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on 24 May 2015
Great book, a little compact (as far as format goes), but wouldn't be without it.
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on 5 March 2015
Fantastic book, recommend for anyone interested in Manchester's architecture.
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on 17 April 2015
good guides for architecture students.
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