6. Onward Buildings
The construction of Onward Buildings, found on the east side of Deansgate, at the corner of Bootle Street, was financed by local temperance societies. Designed by Charles Heathcote in 1903, its red brick and yellow sandstone lines really make it stand out among the city’s other buildings. The terracotta doorways and porthole windows also catch the eye.
This Grade II-listed building in the Longsight area of Manchester opened in 1906. After a £30 million restoration, the magnificent building is now open to the public for the first time in 24 years – locals recently returned to the three pools that used to be categorised for top-class gentlemen, second-class men and female customers.
Located on Peter Street, Albert Hall Manchester was known as the Methodist Central Hall when it was originally built in 1908 by J. Gerrard and Sons of Swinton (the same people behind London Road Fire Station). Now, the former Wesleyan chapel is an iconic music hall and Grade II-listed building – totally worth checking out if you want to catch a live-band performance or simply appreciate great architecture. It was unused from 1969 to 2012, when this baroque and gothic building started hosting shows.
9. Rochdale Town Hall
This baroque municipal building is regarded as one of the UK’s most splendid civic halls. Located in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, the Grade I-listed place is the headquarters of the Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council and boasts a Gothic Revival style, thanks to architect William Henry Crossland. Apparently, its stain-glassed windows so caught the attention of Adolf Hitler that he planned to ship the building to Germany if it defeated the UK in World War II.
10. Bramall Hall
Located in Stockport, Greater Manchester, this black-and-white timbre-framed Tudor manor house is set in 70 acres of parkland. Having been restored, it’s one of the most stunning buildings in England. Inside, you’ll find servants’ quarters, Victorian kitchens and Elizabethan ceilings that’ll keep you staring for hours.
– TEXT BY LEAH SIMPSON
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