Manchester, United KingdomFebruary 2016
While at our house sit in Wardle, we took a day trip one afternoon to Manchester as it was so easy to reach by train. After a brief peek into the cathedral (underwhelming), we visited the John Rylands Library which is now part of the Manchester University Library. Upon arrival, we were informed that an exhibition was currently on about magic and superstition. Sweet! As it was a library, the exhibition pieces were incredibly old books - some were even handwritten as they were produced before the invention of the printing press. The coolest ones had hand drawn diagrams outlining strange rituals.
There was an interesting section on the Victorian Society, an organisation that works to protect historically noteworthy buildings. The information panels showed not only the Victorian Society's triumphs, but also their failures - the most devastating being the Euston Arch in London, which was a great big Roman-style arch that served as the entranceway to Euston railway station. Built in 1837, demolition of the arch was proposed during the redevelopment of Euston Station in the 1960's. The vice-chairman of the Society commenced fundraising to collect the £90,000 that would be required to safely move the arch to a new location, but sadly all attempts at conservation of the arch were thrown out and it was demolished. Now there are plans to rebuild it thanks to the Euston Arch Trust, but first the pieces have to be dredged from the bottom of the Prescott Channel, where around two thirds of the arch's stone was used as filler. Facepalm. Good on the guy who searched for the pieces for fifteen years. I cannot imagine the look on his face when he finally found where they were.
Note: this blog post is not sponsored by Deliveroo. I've never used the service, though it does sound like someone made good use of a gap in the market. However, I'm still not sure why one of their deliverymen had to carry the delivery on his back, when usually the parcel is strapped to a scooter. Give that poor man a scooter!
Today's post was almost called: Behold! The Lesser Mancunian Marsupial and its Cubic Dinner Pouch