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Clare Hartwell

Manchester: Something rich and strange Stained glass – Clare Hartwell Like almost all medieval churches of any size, Manchester Cathedral was once filled with stained glass, but little is known of it, apart from tantalising descriptions and a few fragments taken elsewhere.4 What survived into the twentieth century, including Victorian as well as ancient glass, was finished off by the Manchester Blitz. The cathedral went on to acquire the major examples of twentieth-century glass which are considered here. Stained and painted glass was and remains a major strand

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Steve Hanson

mechanism, swept such ancient belief away. When you strip everything except the aesthetic frontage away, the history can be conveniently reconstructed too. The facades mean that a mythical version of the city can be created, and we can all conveniently sidestep living in the reality of Manchester. 228 60  Stained-glass windows of the Presentation Sisters convent in Collyhurst

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Something rich and strange

Manchester: Something rich and strange challenges us to see the quintessential post-industrial city in new ways. Bringing together twenty-three diverse writers and a wide range of photographs of Greater Manchester, it argues that how we see the city can have a powerful effect on its future – an urgent question given how quickly the urban core is being transformed. The book uses sixty different words to speak about the diversity of what we think of as Manchester – whether the chimneys of its old mills, the cobbles mostly hidden under the tarmac, the passages between terraces, or the everyday act of washing clothes in a laundrette. Unashamedly down to earth in its focus, this book makes the case for a renewed imaginative relationship that recognises and champions the fact that we’re all active in the making and unmaking of urban spaces.

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Natalie Bradbury

: Rutherford Press Limited, 2007). 2 Christina Riggs, Unwrapping Ancient Egypt: The Shroud, the Secret and the Sacred (London: Bloomsbury, 2014). 3 Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History (New York: Vintage, 2015). 4 H. A. Hudson, ‘The ancient glass of the Cathedral Church of Manchester’, Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society 25 (1907), pp. 119–41. 5 Peter Cormack, Arts & Crafts Stained Glass (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2015), pp. 248–53. 79

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Clare Archibald

graves are still contained within the boundary walls that they did not go beyond after first entering. If you were to walk down Oldham Road now, past the Chinese supermarket, the Post Office depot and the funny little is-it-a-minigarden-centre-yard before turning left into Livesey Street, you 230 Secrets might wonder what microcosm lies beyond the walls. You might imagine the lives wrought in iron, brick and stained glass. You might even wonder if it is indeed a convent. The walls there are many. High ones surround the gardens; internal ones connect the seen and

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