Most of us know Castlefield, a symphony of glass and brick, where old Manchester meets new Manchester. Bridal Chic in the City has often used this historical site for showcases and photo shoots. It works perfectly for both. There are so many great places for photographer to utilise around there. But why are there so many landmarks and why are they so historical?

Hilton Hotel

Image Kenny Brown Photography

Manchester was a Roman fort and was based in what is now Catlefield. Manchester’s original name Mamucium means “breast shaped hill”. One track mind them there Romans!!! With Castlefield being the oldest part of the city, it makes sense that most of the original features are around here.

Castlefield is the terminus of the Bridgewater Canal, built by the Duke of Bridgewater. It’s all coming together now isn’t it? Hence the popular drinking establishment, Dukes 92, named after the adjacent lock, lock number 92. Other bars are available, most notably, Barca. Owned by Simply Red crooner, Barca was of the first places that Bridal Chic held a showcase.

Barca Manchester
Image Dan Hough Photographer.

With Castlefield being one of Manchester’s most historical areas, maybe it’s fitting that Manchester Day on the 19th June should be held there. The first passenger railway terminated in Castlefield and the site of the first industrial canal, The Bridgewater Canal. In 1805, The Bridgewater Canal met the Rochdale Canal and 25 years later, a link to The River Mersey was created. In 1848, two viaducts were built and Manchester Central Railway Station soon followed. Most of you will now know that as G-Mex although it’s now called Manchester Central.

Castlefield canal
Image Nina Pang

The name Castlefield derives from the Roman fort that was built on the site but is wasn’t always going to be called Castlefield. Castle-In-The-Field and Campfield were names that were rejected although the latter has been kept within the names of St. Matthew’s Church, Campfield, and Campfield Market.

mage Kenny Brown – (Flash Floozy Shoot)

The area fell into decline during the 20th century when the industry fell away and the railway complex was was sold for a nominal fee of £1. In the 1980s, what is now known as The Museum of Science and Industry was built and the whole area was designated to be an urban heritage park and park of the walls of the Roman fort were reconstructed.

Image Kenny Brown Photography

During the 90s, the area became gentrified and bars, apartments and offices started to spring up. Although Granada has now taken it’s Coronation Street studios to Salford Quays, it’s original home was a stones throw away from Castlefield. Weatherfield used to be in Castlefield.

Nowadays, we’re used to the hustle and bustle of Castlefield life. The gentrification has taken another form in what is now one of Manchester’s most recognisable buildings. The Betham Tower is home to The Hilton Hotel. The 47 floor tower splits the opinion of the people of Manchester but it can’t be denied that it does sing. Yes, it sings. Go to Manchester when it’s windy and hear the tower hum.

From the old to the new, Castlefield, has always been the centre of Manchester’s industrial creativity. From the cotton trade to the giant tower and the festival’s it now hosts. Castlefield is as alive now as it was when the Roman’s settled on top of their giant boob.  

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