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Sunday, 31 October 2010

MMU Student Union, Lower Ormond Street


Former MMU Student Union, Lower Ormond Street. (c) googlemaps.

The Grade II Righton Building on Lower Ormond Street was originally the drapery shop of William Righton, built in 1905.  Till & Kennedy iron mongers took it over from 1955 to 1969, when it became the Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union compete with subsidised bar [1].  


Righton Building, Lower Ormond Street. (c) googlemaps.

The ornate terracotta tiling is suggestive of a fine old boozer, but that it was not built as one, is simply testament to the quality of building work back in the day.  Indeed, across the road, the ugly 1960s towers are being pulled down to make way for the huge student accommodation tower.  These days the Righton Building is home to the University Events office and the History of Art & Design department [2].


Former MMU Student Union, Lower Ormond Street. (c) googlemaps.

1. Manchester: an architectural history, John J. Parkinson-Bailey (2000).
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MMUnion

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