Kennet House – Manchester

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I’ve been up to my ears in seawater recently, researching  and visiting modernity on the coast – when the question was posed, is this particular marine typology to be found inland?

Well, yes it was – in thrall to the work of Bruno Taut’s work at Britz, amongst others, and motivated by a desire for  newer, cleaner forms of architecture, often instigated by forward thinking socialist local authorities, the future was built.

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As directed by the British Broadcasting Corporation in October 1937.

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The future was subsequently knocked down and put back in its box.

However for a short while it looked like this:

– Kennet House on Smedley Lane, Cheetham Hill.

Many of these photographs were taken by Norman Newsham – who had the foresight to record the passing of this once great building, many thanks Norman.

 

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Take a walk down there one day, take time to take a look at where the future was.

Beneath the pavement, the pavement.

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Archival material thanks to:

http://manchestergalore.tumblr.com

http://images.manchester.gov.uk

6 thoughts on “Kennet House – Manchester

  1. It was a hell hole! I worked there as a youth worker for a few months in the late 1970s. Hellish place! Why do architects think the poor want to live on top of one another? Why didn’t they build nice houses like the ones they themselves lived in? Totally inappropriate for the surrounding landscape and architecture. Lovely people lived there but the building and conditions were against them. Grim place.

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  2. I lived in Kennet house in the 40s it was well kept neat and tidy flats . The ship as Kennet house was called had its own community hall, laundry,and office to pay your rent and report any repairs . It was certainly not a hell hole. The grass in the centre was cut regularly and you could have an allotment at the back of the flats . Maybe time took its toll no worse than the multi-storey flats of today

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  3. My mother and father lived in Kennet House when I was born in 1948, I think in no 7. I still have my identity card giving this address. Wish I’d gone back to have a look, didn’t know they’d gone until I opened this page.

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  4. I was born at Kennet House in the late 60’s, and lived there until the early 70’s. According to my older siblings and parents, it was a hell hole at that point; such a pity as it clearly started out as something amazing. I didn’t know it’s cool history until this article (thanks for creating it). When was it torn down? What is in its place?

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