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Thursday, 8 April 2010

Sky Watch: Old St Mary's School

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Today's photo looks southwards across the railway cutting from Albemarle Street. It's not a particularly artistic shot but I took it to try to capture the dramatic cloudscape. The photo is of interest because it shows a building that will not be there for much longer.

The large brick building on Newton Street was built as St Mary's school and continued to serve that purpose until around 1970, when the school was transferred to a new building on Holden Street (now Our Lady of Mount Carmel School).

Since the Catholic children moved out the building has seen a whole new life as the Markazi Jamia Mosque.

Now a brand new mosque is being constructed a short distance away at the junction of Hillgate Street and Holden Street. When the new mosque opens, the old building will be demolished to make way for a new Northern By-pass road. Construction of this road has already started between Ashton railway station and Cowhill Lane.

In the background is the spire of Albion Church.

See Birds Eye View of this location.

Sky Watch is a regular weekly feature on this photo blog. It links with websites all over the world with the general theme each week of looking upwards. Please take the opportunity to visit some of these other sites. I hope some new visitors have found their way here today, watching the skies!


  1. Taken from the Katherine Street Bridge

  2. No, Ian. Taken from Albemarle Street, close to Cowhill Lane Bridge. "Katherine Street Tunnel" is two bridges further along!

  3. Cool, for a school, that's a really nice structure!

    Pixellicious Photos

  4. I thought the Jamia Mosque (and Islamic Centre) was at the corner of Cavendish Street and Dean Street.

  5. No, that's the Jame Mosque, Gerald. A much smaller Mosque, serving the Bangladeshi community, as I understand it.

    You don't want to believe everything you read on Geograph! :)


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