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15 August 11  A bike ride, Clayton to Ancoats.  Sunny.

Foundations for the new double footbridge
at the junction of the Rochdale canal and the New Islington arm.

The Chips building and the Ashton canal.

The Chips building.

Chips with everything.

The other end of the New Islington arm where it joins the Ashton canal.

The new BMX stadium at the National Cycling Centre (Manchester Velodrome).

The BMX Centre.

New footbridge over the Ashton canal, leading to the Velodrome Metrolink tram stop.
Not yet open.

The BMX Centre stadium.

Clayton Hall.  At last, after umpteen visits, I managed to find it clear of parked cars and with the sun shining.

Clayton Hall, Ashton New Road, Clayton.  A Grade II* listed building, a scheduled ancient monument
and a rare example of a medieval moated site. The hall was probably built in the 15th century and is
surrounded by a moat. Originally built for the Clayton family, it passed on into the hands of the Byron family,
of which poet Lord Byron was a member, in 1194.  They lived there until they sold it to two London merchants,
George and Humphrey Chetham, in 1620.  Humphrey Chetham is famous for founding Chethams School and Library
in the centre of Manchester.  The Hall was acquired by Manchester City Corporation in 1897. The section
on the right of the Hall is the older half, dating back to the 16th century, while the section on the left dates from
the 18th century and contained the dining room, kitchen, larder, scullery and pantry.  During the Civil War,
Royalist cavalry were stationed here, before the attack on Manchester.  Afterwards, according to legend,
Oliver Cromwell was said to have spent three nights at the Hall.  The oldest surviving structure on the site
is the sandstone bridge crossing the (now empty) moat.  Dating from the late medieval era,
it was built to replace an original wooden drawbridge over the moat.

Clayton - the old.

Clayton - the new.

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