Surprising beauty in Salford

OK OK, I said the ‘S’ word. It’s alright, nothing to be afraid of, please don’t run for cover just yet.

The intrepid urban explorer, perhaps equipped with a bicycle, can find some real gems in Salford – honest.

Head north up Ordsall Lane, take a right turning just past Ordsall Hall, and you’ll find yourself on a little-used towpath alongside the Manchester Ship Canal. Unlike at Salford Quays, this is not sanitised, gentrified, bourgeois canalside, all ‘stunning waterfront views from your sophisticated city apartment’ but a place where history is tangible in all its shabby, neglected glory.

A place where the once-busy dock cranes are left in peace to enjoy their retirement, rather than be stripped out like those in rather swisher parts of town were recentlyIMAG0836

A place where some really rather wonderful street art is allowed to flourish.

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And a place where the spirit of real people, rather than development companies and wealthy landowners seems to shine through. I found it all rather moving.

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I suspect that in some mandarin’s office somewhere sits a plan to ‘regenerate’ this part of town as soon as cashflow improves. Investment is no bad thing, but please don’t squeeze out the community and creativity here, it’s a rare and rather beautiful thing.

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