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Mr Monkey walks the Rochdale Canal through Manchester

Trip date : 4th May, 2011
"These are rather fine buildings"

Mr Monkey looking up at Churchgate House on Oxford Street Mr Monkey looking up at St James's Buildings on Oxford Street

When he got to Oxford Street Mr Monkey stopped to look up at some buildings. On the north side of the canal Mr Monkey admired the stripey exterior of the 1896-8 Tootal Broadhurst, Lee & Company building. It's called Churchgate House now, and has a newly rebuilt interior. Peering up over the bridge parapet and across the street Mr Monkey could see the magnificent Portland stone frontage of St James's Buildings, built as a warehouse for the Calico Printers' Association in 1912-13. It had a mile of corridors and more than a thousand rooms, and is joint 22nd highest building in Manchester.

You can read about the Calico Printers Association at the Carrbrook Village website.

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