Ruins
in Manchester
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This chapter draws on a visit to a large, sprawling industrial ruin, subsequently demolished. It details the wealthy industrialist who founded the factory, and its evolution as a large production facility for chain making. The discussion draws a contrast between the formerly busy production line and the quiet dereliction of its ruinous state. Description is supplemented by an incident in which fear surged, later to be dispelled, and by an account of some of the enigmatic vestiges that remained. The chapter concludes by contextualising this ruin as part of an economic process of producing abundant ruins across Greater Manchester, and their subsequent erasure and replacement in recent years.

Manchester

Something rich and strange

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