Beswick Co-operative Society building :: Shared Description

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.
by Alan Murray-Rust
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SJ8795 : Beswick Co-operative Society Building, Northmoor Road by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ8795 : Beswick Co-operative Society Building, Northmoor Road by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ8795 : Beswick Co-operative Society Building, Northmoor Road by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ8795 : Beswick Co-operative Society Building, Northmoor Road by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ8795 : Beswick Co-operative Society Building, Northmoor Road by Alan Murray-Rust


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Created: Fri, 15 May 2015, Updated: Fri, 15 May 2015

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