A walk around Manchester, UK, with a camera #5

I left the Town Hall area and started walking to my next port-of-call – Manchester’s Castlefields area.  This inner-city conservation area and canals hub was the site of the Roman era fort of Mamucium or Mancunium from which Manchester’s name derives.

You can learn more about this historic area by following the url below.


As I was to learn, there was a lot to see in the Castlefields area so I’ll cover it across this and my next post. The area was totally new to me and it was a revelation.

I made my way to Deansgate, which we’ll be returning to in a future post, and headed from there towards Deansgate railway station. As I walked I saw these attractive murals in the photo above.

Looking ahead along Deansgate, in the photo above, you see some railway bridges painted maroon and cream which seems to be a theme in this city for bridges in general.

We are now across the road from Deansgate station and within half-a-mile of Castlefields – which is just opposite Deansgate Square (the four tower blocks ahead, amongst the highest in Manchester).

Looking to the right, from where we were at the station, we see a train approaching and some more tower blocks.

As I entered the Castlefields canal area and looked back, the skyline was still dominated by Deansgate Square.

If I looked to my left, however, the scene looked quite different with the Betham Tower now the main feature. You may find it interesting to follow the url below to learn more about, what was, the tallest building in Manchester.


I turned my back on the way that I’d come and continued further into Castlefields. The first thing that I did then was to cross the canal by the bridge ahead – I love bridges! I believe that this one is known as Merchants Bridge.

Once I’d crossed the bridge, I walked down some steps to reach this view of the overflow from a canal.

Looking back from near the overflow, you can see canal boats, moored alongside the path that I’d used to get to the bridge from Deansgate.

Now that we’ve found our way into Castlefields, I’ll defer the remaining images until tomorrow.

We’re approaching a canal junction with some interesting sights and reflections, so today I’m featuring a photo of one of the bridges there plus its reflections.

EXIF Data were: I used my Fujifilm X-T4, 26 MP, cropped-sensor, mirrorless camera paired with a Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens,. Shutter speed was 1/400 secs @ f/4.5 and 24 mm. ISO was 160.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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