SJ8795 : Beswick Co-operative Society Building, Northmoor Road

taken 6 years ago, near to Gorton, Manchester, Great Britain

Beswick Co-operative Society Building, Northmoor Road
Beswick Co-operative Society Building, Northmoor Road
Terracotta detail in the south west corner.
Beswick Co-operative Society building

Built in 1912, The Beswick Co-operative Society building on Northbrook Road in south Manchester is a riot of terracotta decorative work. The common combination of red brick and buff terracotta is joined by an unusual pale green, with dark green glazed blocks at ground level. There is a lot of small scale detail to look for such as the eagles on the tower and the gargoyle rain spouts in the form of frogs or newts on the bay windows above the main entrance.

The Beswick Co-operative Society was based in the Ancoats district but was unusually aggressive in developing stores in areas which would have been considered the territory of other Societies.

Typically, as well as retail units at ground level, the building included a Assembly Room on the first floor, and office accommodation. Today the ground floor retains various retail outlets as well as the Northmoor Community Centre. The upper floors have been converted into apartments, all of which should secure the future of this distinctive building, which is Listed Grade II.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 12 May, 2015   (more nearby)
Friday, 15 May, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Business, Retail, Services  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Period (from Tags)
Early 20th Century 
Building Material (from Tags)
Brick and Terracotta 
Date (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8727 9551 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:27.3712N 2:11.5906W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8727 9549
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Former Co-Operative Building  Grade II Listed  Architectural Detail 

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