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A Couple of Nights (and Days) on the Toon…Newcastle!

Posted in NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP) with tags , , on August 7, 2009 by echostains

Newcastle Tyne.  Old river: Millenium Bridge

Newcastle Tyne. Old river: Millenium Bridge

One of the great features on WordPress is that it allows you to schedule your posts!  I always do mine one in advance, but if I’m going away, I will do a few.  But I’m back now from a  lovely couple of days in Newcastle.  Never ever been: I don’t know why, it’s not all that far from Manchester.  But anyway, what a surprise!  Smashing city, loads of interesting architecture, that hasn’t yet been ripped out (like they did in Manchester….).  Contemporary buildings live cheek by jowl with buildings of all ages, – and in perfect harmony.  This city has evolved, layer by layer and its great!  I will be writing about all the things we saw and did in the next few days.

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Thomas Mynshull, Eternal Benefactor

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, DESIGN, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER with tags , , on March 2, 2009 by echostains

minshull-building-manchester

 

minshull-building-manchester

It’s amazing the amount of  interesting buildings we pass each day of our life.  I am fascinated by this building  – Mynshull House, on Catheaton St Manchester City centre. 

fabulous-building

 

fabulous-building

Puritan Thomas Mynshull, a 17th century chemist and druggist  bequeathed money  earned through the two houses that formerly stood on this spot, to be spent on apprencticing healthy local boys to respectable trades.

myshulls-house-cateheaton-st-manchester

 

myshulls-house-cateheaton-st-manchester

It was rebuilt in 1890 with lots of fancy corbels and bits of sculpture and is Grade 11 Listed.  My favorite bit is the writing on the front.

mynshulls-house

mynshulls-house

This is an interesting site about Manchester history

More pics here