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Castlefield [Aug. 29th, 2010|10:27 am]
Tony Grist
The Museum of Science and Industry is partly housed in the old Campfield Market (1878). I'm not keen on Victorian architecture- except when it's in iron and glass- and then it takes my breath away. 

The sticky-up thing in the background is the Beetham Tower (2007)- Manchester's tallest building.

In the 18th century it was still possible to see the remains of the Roman fort that gave the area its name. Campfield, Castlefield. The Industrial revolutionaries levelled them and covered them over with railways and warehouses. More recently the archaeologists gave the site a good digging over and found all sorts of interesting stuff- including a fragment of the famous "magic square" which may or may not be early Christian and which looks like this

The Roman name for the town- a military settlement at a meeting of rivers- is Mamucium- Mammary Hill.  Presumably the gently rolling landscape reminded some lonely soldier of the delights of home. The things in this picture that look like sandpits are the reconstructed footings of a set of buildings- a shop and and workshop- in the Roman vicus.

The Museum houses a shed full of planes and cars and early technology- including a working replica of one of Stevenson's steam engines. When the little old puffer is hauling itself backwards and forwards along its track you can actually smell the industrial revolution.

[User Picture]From: ron_broxted
2010-08-29 11:33 am (UTC)

Gingers are not mingers!

I am sure the Romans found the rolling hills of Celtic wenches sufficed, at least according to genetic evidence.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-29 12:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Gingers are not mingers!

You're probably right.
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2010-08-29 05:35 pm (UTC)
Nice stuff!

Yep, I like the cast iron & glass Victorian architecture, too! Loved the first photo...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-29 06:39 pm (UTC)

The Victorians were mostly copying and riffing on earlier styles, but with iron and glass there were no precedents to follow, so they were free to invent.
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2010-08-29 06:45 pm (UTC)
I like your term 'riffing' on earlier styles!

Architecture as improv...
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