Monday, 10 April 2017

What we have lost ....... inside the Corn Exchange

Now I am guessing this wonderful structure has gone.

It was in the Corn Exchange beside Exchange Square, and I always thought it was an innovative way to fill a space.

Added to that I rather enjoyed sitting in there sipping an espresso and waiting for the shopping expedition to finish.

But I fear it will have gone since the building closed in July of this year and was sold to a developer.

The Corn Exchange is a listed grade II building and was originally the Corn and Produce Exchange built in 1897 and opened in 1903.

Its role as an important centre for business suffered during the 1920 and 30s and and by the time I arrived in Manchester in 1969 its role as a trading floor were over.

But I remember it as a place full of independent traders ranging from second records and comics to clothes and jewellery.

You could spend hours wandering the stalls on the trading floor and in the surrounding rooms, but that IRA bomb did for all this.

The building was severely damaged and many of the traders relocated to what has become the Northern Quarter, and the building was redeveloped as the Triangle specializing in swish retailing, but it never seemed as busy in later years, and despite a rebranding in 2012 closed earlier this year.

And according to one source* the modern interior has gone, so I guess that will include my coffee bar.

There have been press stories that it will reopen as a food outlet or hotel.**

So we shall see, but what ever it becomes I won't be sipping coffee in that iconic structure ever again.

Pictures; interior of the Triangle, July 2013

*Corn Exchange, Manchester,,_Manchester

**Begum, Shelina (August 8 2013). "The taste of things to come - Manchester's Corn Exchange to be turned into top dining destination" Manchester Evening News, August 8 2013,
Bell, Alex, "Boutique hotel to open in Corn Exchange as part of £30m redevelopment". Manchester Evening News May 2 2014,

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