This morning, we were given the opportunity to visit a building which has been around since the 1800s in Didsbury, as a way to give us a “base” or “structure” for the competition as the brief was so vague.
When we arrived to the location, we were given a brief history of the building, what has previously been used for and of course, what it is now used as. Here is a brief summary of the introduction to the building:
- Originally built in 1650, one part of the flooring (stone) is now 400 years old, and the beams upstairs are the originals.
- In 1820, the building was extended.
- The building was mainly used as homes for various prestigious families in the area who worked in Central Manchester, it was never a Parsonage until recently.
- 1860-65 was the most iconic time because of the Industrial Revolution, and Manchester was the 2nd (after London) in the world.
- Fletcher Moss worked in the Corn Exchange (which is now known as Corporation Street), and lived in this house and wrote thirteen books about the surrounding area.
- Didsbury Village was the Old Parsonage and the two surrounding pubs, not as we know Didsbury today.
- In 1919, it was left as a house, then an art gallery in 1980s and then offices. The building was then left to fall apart.
- The building is a Grade II listed building, and an asset to the community, as many people have grown up with it on their doorstop.
- The Old Parsonage Trust that now take care of the building wanted to create a warm and welcoming feeling – just like a home (as it once was).
- £160,000 was spent to make the building as it is now. The Trust was able to gain £12,000 from the surrounding community because they wanted to help keep the building alive.
- It is now run by volunteers. There are offices upstairs which are rented out and downstairs, the yellow and red rooms are rented out to artists, art classes, yoga etc – to anyone who are looking for a space.
- Lots of people of all ages use this building, and love it.
And you can certainly see why many people are such huge fans ….
The above images show the amazing building, and detailed archway/gate which takes you into the grounds in which The Old Parsonage is in.
This is the red room, which is the larger room of the two. You can clearly make out the original detailing throughout.
These photographs are all from the yellow room, which has a gorgeous bay window with original stain-glass.
After our visit to the Old Parsonage, Brit and I headed into Didsbury for a coffee to discuss our morning. As the yellow room is slightly smaller than the red, we have chosen to use the yellow room as we think this will give a more intimate feel. We have also chosen this room because of the detailing and it would work better with our initial ideas involving memories.