Aerial Manchester

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Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, citizens are often referred to as Mancunians. City status was achieved by Manchester in 1853, and it the third most visited city by over seas tourist according to data by Hotels.com.

Manchester city centre busy aerial view cityscape

Arial view of Manchester city centre

The recorded history of Manchester is said to have started with a civilian settlement associated with the Roman Fort of Mamucium or Manumcium which was established in 79 AD on a sandstone bluff near the confluence of rivers Medlock and Irwell, Manchester was part of Lancashire but is no longer.

Manchester city centre Urbis Printworks buildings landmarks

Arial view of Manchester city centre
This image shows: The Printworks and part of Urbis

Manchesters urbanisation came with the industrial revolution with the boom in the textile industry, this resulted in it becoming the first industrialised city in the world. At a time Manchester was the most productive centre of cotton processing and the continued to grow into the world’s largest market place for cotton goods. Manchester was nicknamed “Cottonopolis” or “Warehouse City” during the Victorian era. The industrial  revolution brought huge changes to Manchester the main being the huge increase in population. Manchester began expanding an a rapid rate which required transport that resulted in the canal system being extended   and later the Manchester ship canal being built between 1888 – 1894 also Manchester became one end of the worlds first intercity passenger railways – the Liverpool to Manchester Railway. On the canal banks, just outside the city the worlds first industrial estate was created at Trafford Park. 

Manchester city centre building aerial view cityscape

Arial view of Manchester city cenrte
This image is showing: Debenhams

Post industrial revolution the cotton industry continued to fall, the exchange finally closed in 1968, but regeneration began again in the 80’s with incentives like the Metrolink, the Manchester Arena, the Bridgewater  Concert Hall and in Salford the rebranding of Salford Quays. On June 15th 1996 the IRA carried out the “1996 Manchester Bombing” which was a detonation of a large bomb next to a department store in the city centre, the bomb injured hundreds of people and causes millions of pounds worth a damaged to areas surrounding. 

 

Manchester city centre cityscape building

Manchester city looking up Quay Strret with Granada and Coronation Street at bottom right

Manchester city centre MEN building aerial roads

Arial view of Manchester city centre
This image is showing : Hardman Street and the offices of the Manchester Evening News MEN

With investment after the bombing and the XVII commonwealth games held in the city centre there has been some extensive renovations such as the Printworks and the Corn Exchange that have become popular eating, shopping and entertainment destinations. Manchester has a number of landmark destinations including skyscapers like Beetham Tower, CIS Tower, One Angle Square and the Green Building. Manchester has many public monuments paying tribute to Prince Albert, John Bright, Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington. The cenotaph in St. Peters Square is the main war memorial, it was designed by Edwin Lutyens. 

 

Manchester city centre building aerial view crane

Arial view of Manchester city centre
This picture is showing: Hardman Street and the offices of the Manchester Evening News MEN
and the site of the old Mail offices

Manchester city centre aerial view building stadium

Arial view of Manchester city centre
This image is showing : City of Manchester Stadium that held the Commonwealth games 2002

Manchester city centre aerial view building stadium

Arial view of Manchester city centre
This image is showing : City of Manchester Stadium that held the Commonwealth games 2002

Transport 

Today the city is served well by great transport links, the Manchester station group (made up of Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Oxford Road and Deansgate) is the fourth busiest in the UK with 41.7 million passengers recorded in 2013. There is the Metrolink that is a modern light rail tram system, there is also an extensive bus network with over 5o bus companies operating from the Greater Manchester area, the canal system in Manchester is still used by water taxis that run services in the city centre. Manchester airport which serves most of the north west and even some of Northern England, with the airport offering three terminals and a huge pick of destinations to choose from. 

Manchester city centre areal building

Arial view of Manchester city centre
This image is showing : Harvey Nicholes and Number 1 Deansgate

Manchester city centre aerial view buildings

Arial view of Manchester city centre

Manchester city centre salford aerial view buildings cityscape

Manchester city aerial
looking out into Salford

Manchester city centre building cityscape

Manchester city aerial
Piccadilly railway station

Music

Manchester has been credited as being the main regional driving force behind indie music of the 80’s such as Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets but other bands like Oasis, New Order, 808 State, The Smiths, Elbow, The 1975 and Take That those groups became what was known as Madchester. The main music venue is the Manchester Arena but others include the Manchester Apollo, Albert Hall and the Manchester Academy. 

Manchester city centre cityscape aerial buildings

Manchester city aerial
Oxford Road railway station and Oxford Street

Manchester city centre cityscape aerial view building

Manchester city centre aerial

Manchester city centre cityscape building

Arial view of Manchester city centre
This image is showing: Top left G-mex GMEX and the shopping areas of the city

Manchester city centre cityscape buildings

Arial view of Manchester city centre
This image is showing : HMP Manchester in the Strangeways area

The nightlife economy in Manchester has expended significantly, now the nightlife economy has a value around £100 million and supports 12,000 jobs, in the 80’s a lot of clubs had issued with organised crime and open drug and theft issues. Manchesters gay village, with the pubs and clubs on Canal Street have has gay clientele since the 40’s, the area attracts around 20,000 visitors each weekend and hosts Manchesters Pride Festival each year since 2003.

Manchester city centre cityscape buildings music school

Arial view of Manchester city centre
This image is showing : Chetham’s School of Music

Manchester city centre cityscape buildings urbis architecture

Arial view of Manchester city centre

Manchester city centre cityscape cathedral

Arial view of Manchester city centre
Showing : Manchester Cathedral

 

Manchester city centre cityscape buildings canal salford

Arial view of Manchester city centre
This image is showing : left The Lowry and right the Imperial War Museum North.

Dryolsden

Dryolsden is a town in Greater Manchester, its 4.1 miles east of the city centre. It was historically in Lancashire.

Eccles

Eccles is a town in Greater Manchester its just over 3 miles west of the Manchester Ship Canal. Eccles cakes were first produced and sold in the town in 1793 and are now exported across the world.

Hyde

Hyde is a town in Greater Manchester; it was historically in Cheshire.

Levenshulme

Levenshulme is an area of Manchester, its approximately halfway between Stockport and Manchester city centre.

Mellor

Mellor is a village in Greater Manchester, between Marple Bridge and New Mills and near the county boundary with Derbyshire.

Newton Heaton

Newton Heaton is an area of Manchester that has a population of 9,883. It was historically part of Lancashire.

Northenden

Northenden is a suburban area and electoral ward of the city of Manchester. Northenden is one of several area in the Wythenshaw district of South Manchester.

Openshaw

Openshaw is an area of Manchester that is about two miles east of the city centre.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a suburban area of Manchester and again is approximately two miles south of Manchester city centre, between Rusholme and Longsight.

Wythenshaw

Wythenshaw is an area in south Manchester; it was historically in Cheshire in 1931 Wythenshaw was transferred to the City of Manchester.

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