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The Junction
The Grand Junction, a Victorian pub left alone surrounded by concrete. Not unlike the 'flat iron' building in NYC. Good place for Sunday lunch Guinness and what a location for an urban movie ! The waiting car, a mini cab, and the sign on the lamp post says Ormsgill Close, no houses, just waste land, how to be back there one day, has the pub gone or not? That is the question ! - Pic Richard Watt

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Artefact added : 8th February 2012
by richardwatt
OT Says –
BRILLIANT photo! Love it.
COMMENT ADDED 9th February 2012
FranDaman Says –
Quite a common sight as in the sixties and seventies local councils and town planners caused more devastation than the blitz! The reasoning is simple. These forward-thinking futurescapers forgot to "plan" any pubs in their new utopia, so the demolition guys would simply refuse to knock down some pubs - otherwise there was nowhere for them to go for a drink! When the builders turned up the story was the same. I can well remember one old boozer just off Ellor Street in Salford and the boys simply refused to knock it down. It stood for ages in the middle of all the new development until new pubs were opened. The workers united......
COMMENT ADDED 10th February 2012
mick_pye Says –
Yeah, it's a great photograph is that. Would love to see an older photograph of the same view from the 'original' Hulme.
COMMENT ADDED 11th February 2012
Abigail Says –
This photo is so beautiful.
COMMENT ADDED 10th October 2013
FranFroy Says –
I am hoping to feature this photo in a PhD that I have just completed about urban morphology in Greater Manchester and how it has changed over history. Let me know if you would be happy with the photo to be included, Richard!
COMMENT ADDED 10th November 2021
Philip Jones Says –
The pub still remains. However, is derelict.
The concrete flats to the left of the pub have been demolished and all surrounding areas have been redeveloped. Ormsgill Close has been renamed to George Parr Rd.
COMMENT ADDED 1st May 2022
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