5 Manchester landmarks that are gone but not forgotten
Granada Studios by Pit-yacker at English Wikipedia Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Co

There are many buildings in Manchester that, although no longer with us, are remembered very fondly by Mancunians.

It may not have been in the most attractive building, but the mere mention of Dutch Pancake House fuels a pang of nostalgia, whilst The Haçienda will always live on in our collective memory.

Here are five demolished buildings we very much miss in Manchester.

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The Haçienda

This infamous nightclub and music venue has a special place in the heart of most Mancunians. Owned by Factory Records and New Order, Mike Pickering, Graeme Park and Dave Haslam were host DJs, and live acts who played there included Madonna (in 1984), Grandmaster Flash, New Order, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Oasis, James, Blur, and countless others.

The Haçienda closed in June 1997 and was demolished 18 months later, with pieces of the club auctioned off. The site of the former club is now home to flats – the Haçienda Apartments.

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Wheel of Manchester

At first a smaller installation in Exchange Square in 2004, and returning in 2013 as a new 173 ft wheel this time in Piccadilly Gardens, the Wheel of Manchester was finally dismantled in June 2015 after weeks of wrangling between the owners and the council over payments.

It was hard to watch the painstaking demolition of the wheel, piece by piece, after it had become such a recognisable feature of Manchester’s landscape – not to mention the breathtaking views of the city it offered. We still miss it.

Dutch Pancake House

A Manchester institution for over 20 years, Dutch Pancake House, housed in a rather unattractive building on the corner of St. Peter’s Square, sits fondly in the collective Mancunian memory.

Many of us celebrated childhood birthdays tucking into its huge plates of savoury and sweet pancakes, and though the building was demolished to make way for redevelopment and the area looks much more appealing now, we will always feel a pang of nostalgia.

Elisabeth House became One St Peter’s Square – and we can hardly object to top restaurant San Carlo Fumo moving in.

Maine Road

Home to Manchester City from 1923 to 2003, Maine Road – the “Wembley of the North” – was based in Moss Side and hosted FA Cup semi-finals, Charity Shield matches, a League Cup final and England matches.

Rather than undergo expansion, the decision was made to move to the City of Manchester Stadium built for the Commonwealth Games in 2002 – also known as The Etihad.

The Maine Road site is now home to a housing development, consisting of 474 homes.

Granada Studios

Granada Studios by Pit-yacker at English Wikipedia Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Co

Photo: Pit-yacker at English Wikipedia / Commons

Granada Studios on Quay Street were the headquarters of Granada Television between 1956 and 2013 – and the Granada Studios Tour, which housed the Coronation Street set, was the destination for many a school trip in the 1990s.

The studios were the oldest operating purpose-built television studios in the UK, and broadcast The Beatles’ first television performance in 1962.

ITV Granada and ITV Studios moved to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays after the studios closed in 2013. Manchester City Council have recently given the greenlight to plans to demolish the old Granada Studios – including the old Coronation Street set – to make way for a multi-million pound development, with work potentially starting next Autumn.

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