Spotted in Salford

On a walk through Salford this morning I spotted my first David Cameron election poster, most pleasingly daubed with an alternative slogan underneath. It was a nice surprise as although the Tories aren’t exactly popular in Salford, it’s hardly a bastion of Liberal Democracy either. Good to see that, despite the myriad of parodies of this poster appearing online, old fashioned graffiti is still around.

I was only passing through central Salford to get to a friend’s flat, but I was amazed at the variety of interesting buildings to be found there, in various states of repair. I just had to keep taking photos and have posted the most interesting below. For anyone interested in architecture, I can certainly recommend a visit to Salford, particularly Chapel Street, and preferably with a copy of the SE Lancashire Pevsner to hand.

Former Police Station
Independent Chapel, with modern buildings looming overhead
Salford Education Offices
Salford Cathedral (RC)
Salford Matrix Club - some parts of Salford still living up to the stereotype
Church of St. Philip and Manchester & Salford Savings Bank
Salford Lads' Club, opened by Baden-Powell and immortalised by the famous photo of The Smiths standing in its doorway

One Reply to “Spotted in Salford”

  1. Just spotted this post trawling for posts about Salford. That graffiti made me smile when I spotted it from the bus window on my way to work a few weeks ago. At first glance I assumed it was done by someone from Labour as it’s right near Hazel Blear’s office, but then I saw ‘vote Liberal’. Of course, there are one or two remnants of the old Liberal party in the near vicinity too!

    Salford might not be a bastion of liberal democracy just yet (we currently have 7 Lib Dem councillors on the council – though there are 10 who were elected as Lib Dems), but we’re steadily growing. Salford’s first ever MP – Joseph Brotherton, elected in 1832 was a Liberal, and there has been an undercurrent of Liberalism ever since.

    It’s just a matter of time (I’m the patient sort!).

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