Beauty amidst the dereliction - Leonard Rich Print

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I took this image in 2006, an angry young(ish) man, sad at the loss of the industrial heritage around Shudehill in Manchester. 
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The shop is now gone - Shudehill is now a part of the Northern Quarter - an area designated with special characteristics to encourage independent, creative businesses to exist. 
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The area was mentioned by Engels in his book - 'The Condition of the Working Class in England'; and saw the aforementioned transformation in the 1990's which led to the demise of artisan textile shops such as this. 
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Archaeological in its expression the image represents a strand of some of the last remaining textile enterprises stretching back to the first dawn of the industrial revolution in Manchester and indeed globally. Through the words too - there's a link back to the Manchester wool merchants of the C14th - 'Hosiery, Underwear, Knitwear and Lingerie'.
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Such utilitarian frontage for utilitarian textiles.
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There's a story to be told by the typography style too - the journey from '60's and '70's sign board type - to that of the brazen reactionary noughties type in the fly posters.
I love the NQ today, but I miss vernacular and artisan frontages such as this. 
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