My photograph of the Corn and Produce Exchange, founded in Manchester in 1837, altered in 1897 and rebuilt in 1903. I worked here in the early 1980s when it was a slightly more hidden gem, hidden behind a triangular office block (Royal Insurance?) and opposite the white-tiled Manchester Arndale Centre. It is greatly changed now and looks across a public space to a new Metrolink stop; the interior is also greatly changed, it was very dark and tired when I worked there, a preponderance of brown wood and green tiles, now it is home to many restaurants and cafe bars. All of which made it difficult to choose my best picture from the last few years; this picture needed quite a lot of editing to remove tables and chairs, unsightly electricity cables and boxes and the legal signage for wheelchair users, etc., (so it’s good to know that these things are in place), and to make it more as I remembered it, but I also liked the way the sun caught the writing around the door and highlights the cleaned-up ‘heraldry’ above. I think it shows the entrance to the building in a good light. (Edited with Affinity Photo)
We called it the Daily Express Building (it’s just the Express Building on the photo) and we used to pass it late at night (as Great Ancoats Street in Manchester was then on the direct route from Wrexham to Leeds, no M56 or M62) and we were on our way, in our Morris Traveller, to visit mum’s cousin in Leeds. Every time we went past the building mum and dad would point it out because, in those days and late at night, the building was lit up like Blackpool Illuminations and the printing presses were running, much of them visible through those wonderful glass walls-of-windows. It really was a sight to behold. Photo taken 4th Sept 2019 with some cropping and editing to remove traffic and huge advertising signs.
Photographed this afternoon from the bridge over the Bridgewater Canal at Stretford, the barge was actually a long way off but the camera phone did a reasonable job of capturing the detail. In the background is the gleaming white superstructure of Manchester United’s stadium.