Great Northern Leisure and Shopping Complex :: Shared Description

The Grade II* listed Great Northern Warehouse LinkExternal link is now a lively leisure and shopping development with bustling bars, cafes and restaurants and an elegant landscaped public square.
The Great Northern Warehouse and its environs was historically a transport interchange for the massive volume of goods arriving by rail at Central Station - now Manchester Central - in Manchester.
When building work began in 1885, in order to build the Great Northern Warehouse - nine acres of streets, back-to-back houses, foundries, hotels, inns, a burial ground and a school were swept away.
The Warehouse was completed in August 1899 but operations started in July 1898 when only the ground and first floors were complete such was the demand for the goods station. Inside was a spaghetti junction of rail lines with five platforms and twenty five cranes. To facilitate the movement of goods, wagon turntables were incorporated at the end of the lines to allow wagons to be turned round. The Manchester and Salford Junction canal, constructed in 1939, ran under the Warehouse, passing through a specially-built dock.
After several decades of decline in the railways and the fall of the Beeching axe, the Warehouse was closed for good in 1963. In disuse even before then, it effectively lay empty for 50 years before developers saw its enormous potential.
by N Chadwick
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SJ8397 : Great Northern Leisure by N Chadwick
SJ8397 : Great Northern, Deansgate by N Chadwick
SJ8397 : Great Northern Railway Company's Goods Warehouse by Peter McDermott
SJ8397 : Great Northern, Deansgate by N Chadwick
SJ8397 : Great Northern, Deansgate by N Chadwick
SJ8397 : Great Northern Railway Company's Goods Warehouse by Peter McDermott
SJ8397 : Great Northern Leisure and Shopping Complex by N Chadwick


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Created: Fri, 21 Nov 2014, Updated: Fri, 21 Nov 2014

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