Architecture Students visit Accrington

It was a great pleasure to take two groups of twenty students from Manchester School of Architecture around Accrington town centre yesterday.

It was a lovely sunny day, so we dug deep into Accrington’s cultural heritage, its recent past and current problems.

We started off at the Italianate Town Hall, built as the Peel Institution in 1857 (architect James Green), and then worked our way round a series of historic streets, buildings and interiors, slowly tracking backwards in time from the 1960s to the Regency and Accrington’s rural beginnings.

Accrington Town Hall

The urban spaces we looked at included:

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