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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Sunday, 3 February 2013

The Shambles

These buildings used to be in an area of Manchester called 'The Shambles'. They were always popular meeting places. I moved to London in 1969 and was surprised to learn that these very old buildings were being moved to make way for a new pedestrianised shopping centre and a new walkway to the cathedral. I couldn't understand how they could do this without damaging these beautiful old buildings. They did not move them very far just a matter of two to three hundred  metres but you would not know from looking at them now that they have been moved timber by timber.

The building on the left is The Old Wellington pub and next to it is Sinclaire's Oyster bar































36 comments:

  1. I was scratching my head about the IRA bomb until I read the second sign. As you say, who would ever know they had been moved.

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  2. It is incredable they can move a house and rebuilt it. Glad they did.

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  3. It's crazy they could just "move" buildings like that!!! But thankfully they did that instead of tearing them down, lovely buildings!

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  4. I really like that you Brits like to perserve things and rebuild them piece by piece if they are moved. I wish we did more of that here in the US. :-)

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  5. Great post and very nice shots!
    Amazing that they could move these buildings!
    Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment a couple of weeks ago! Sorry for being late to visit!

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    Have a nice week****

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  6. this is so neat and amazing. i'm glad the rebuilding process was successful.

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  7. What a great idea to move these beautiful buildings! Amazing how clever builders are. I once heard that a whole castle was moved to the USA and rebuilt stone for stone.

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  8. Thank heavens they were preserved. Far too much of history is destroyed here in the US. Only recently have our old (mere babes compared to Europe) been appreciated for their historical beauty.

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  9. Great post and Great photography ~

    Carol of: (A Creative Harbor) ^_^ ~ artmusedog and Carol on blogger

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  10. These are so beautiful and how wonderful that they've been so cared for and appreciated for their history and beauty! Thanks for sharing! Wonderful post for the day!! Hope you have a great week!

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  11. To move a heritage building brick by brick shows care and concern for historical roots ... one of many aspects about the British that I admire. But I am also impressed about John Shaw living to be 83 years of age. That must have been rare in those times!

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  12. Charming buildings. It is amazing how buildings can be moved.

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  13. So nice they were preserved and not torn down.

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  14. What wonderful old buildings, nice shots. I'd love to take my wide-angle lens there, all kinds of strange angles would make for fun!

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  15. These are wonderful images of marvelous old buildings. You are correct. I would never guess they had been moved! Oh I can't wait to add to my lens collection.

    I love your blog and am now following you! Your images are just incredible!!

    I hope you have a great day!

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  16. Love the building's architecture! And I love oysters too!

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  17. Those ARE beautiful buildings!

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  18. Very interesting sights.
    Great series of shots!

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  19. Looks a lot like The Shambles in York - but a bit less shambolic!

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  20. Yeah, old buildings have their own charm!

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  21. it's amazing these buildings have been moved timber by timber. it's great that the city continue to preserve these old buildings--they're beautiful. great shots.

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  22. It is nice that they are able to move these buildings. They are so pretty, I am glad to see they were preserved. Great shots, thanks for sharing your world.

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  23. I am very glad that they did a perfect job to move these traditional buildings. So, people in future will be able to enjoy their beauty and history. They are marvelous structures!
    And Great photos!
    keiko

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  24. These are awesome shots! You did a very good job!

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  25. What a beautiful architecture !

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  26. Wow, what a strategy and technology to make it happen without a damage!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Aren't engineers amazing?! Some 20 years ago we had a similar occurrence here in Adelaide where a very old stone building in the centre of the CBD needed to be moved just a few feet (as I recall) - an extraordinary undertaking. The entrance to the pub looks very inviting! Thanks for the view from your part of the world and for stopping by my blog. Wishing you a blessed (and warmer) week!

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  28. These look like wonderful places.

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  29. These old buildings have so much character, nice that they restored them...Thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog cheers.

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  30. Somehow there's this wish inside me to have old, historic places be left alone. Here's hoping these old buildings are preserved forever.

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  31. It is really amazing how they were able to move old buildings like those, i hope they are still as strong as before. Incredible work, how i wish it can also be done here!

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  32. Oh, how amazing to know these vold buildings were moved. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures♡♡♡
    And ovely to have your visit, I hope you're havin a wonderful week.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  33. No worries about fruit and veg!! Always grapefruit and bananas at breakfast and there are always veg. Just this week with visitors it's been a bit difficult eating out.

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