Friday, 1 January 2016

So goodbye finally to the Orange Grove on Wilmslow Road

Now back in the middle of 2014 Andy Robertson revisited the Sherwood in Fallowfield which had been one of his old haunts back in the 1970s and returned after “someone alerted me that this may be pulled down. 

As far as I know the Sherwood was rebuilt 1976 and the original dated back into the 19th century.

My wife's Dad and his parents lived on Sherwood Street and may have supped a few pints in the original Sherwood.

My wife's mother's parents also had a corner shop nearby which is probably how my wife's parents met."

But the passage of time has not been kind to the Sherwood which at some more became the Orange Grove and later closed.

That said its demolition took a little bit longer but as Andy’s recent pictures show the onward march of the developers has now started on the course which will see the Orange Grove torn down in favour of 35 apartments with commercial units.*

The new development will have an L shaped footprint with four retail units and the upper floors would comprise 35 flats in a mix of ten x one bedroom, 21 x two bedroom and four x three bedroom.

Looking at the proposed buildings it is fair to say they will blend with much of the other new build and that is all I shall see.

Pictures; the Orange Grove May 2014 and December 2015 from the collection of Andy Robertson

*Former Orange Grove Public House 304 Wilmslow Road Fallowfield Manchester M14 6NL, 106846/FO/2014/S1,  Manchester City Council Planning Applications

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