Sunday, 13 May 2018

For the Friends of Oxford Road ............. of these are memories made part 1

Now, this is one of the pictures I took of a demonstration in the 1980s.

We are on Oxford just a little down from All Saints and it is a landscape we have lost forever.

To our right is an open bit of land which was beside the old Chorlton on Medlock Town Hall, while across the road that space is now inhabited by the Manchester Aquatics Centre and a office modern block.

In the distance the bridge that spans Oxford Road and connected the two big red brick buildings has gone as has one half of that complex, and  the tall Maths Tower.

For as long as I can remember those bits of open space were the gathering spot for demonstrations.  The first I went on was the anti Apartheid protest during the South African Rugby Tour in November 1969.

All that now remains of those open spaces is a car park to the north of the swimming baths.

But once stretching back in to the late 19th century, this stretch of Oxford Road was home to rows of shops running down from the Grosvenor cinema and on towards Rusholme.

Makes you wonder what is next.

Location; Oxford Road, sometime in the 1980s

Picture; Oxford Road, sometime in the 1980s, from the collection of Andrew Simpson

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