in Manchester
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This chapter chronicles the transformation of the Castlefield district—the ‘Stonehenge of railway history’ – and the centrality of transport infrastructure in driving the Industrial Revolution in Manchester. It then looks at contemporary debates around the treatment of railway structures in the city as heritage and how this impacts contemporary efforts to further expand Manchester’s railway network. It highlights the public controversy surrounding the construction of the Ordsall Chord – a new railway link passing through Castlefield – and the unprecedented debate that emerged around the required destruction of railway heritage under the proposed route of the Chord.


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