Scenes from another Ardwick

We recently uncovered these fantastic images of how Ardwick – the Manchester district where Photolink has lived for over 35 years – used to look.

The shots are part of a stunning archive of over 80,000 images, dating from the eighteenth century to the present day, in the Manchester Local Image Collection. They feature the Georgian building we now call home (and ‘The Georgian’, funnily enough) and the legendary, but now sadly defunct boozer the Church Inn a few metres down the road.

Captured around the late 50s/early 60s they show the Georgian when it belonged to the Initial Towel Supply Company. Before this, the building was an old school house attached to the St Thomas’s primary school and parish church. You can see the church’s bell tower in the first two images as well as the Church Inn in its heyday.

The school buildings (unseen, behind the church) fell into disuse and disrepair during the seventies, and it was around this time that Photolink founder David Walter saw their potential, along with the Georgian’s, to house his creative ambitions.

After extensive renovation, the buildings became the bulk of our creative and photographic studio and production complex – and we haven’t looked back since.

Until we found these.

Imogen Gee

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