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SALFORD CENTRAL MISSION DEMOLITION
 

Star date: 6th March 2011

HERE'S YOUR HERITAGE SON!

In just one week, Salford Council has managed to reduce the iconic Salford Central Mission, latterly known as the Salford URC Church, to rubble.

The huge building on the corner of Trafford Road and Broadway in the shadow of MediaCityUK, was locally listed as important. And back in 2007, Planning Chief, Councillor Derek Antrobus, underlined his commitment that the building would not be demolished. So what happened? And why the speed to get rid of it? Nothing to do with the visit of the Archbishops this week, we hope…

Full story here…


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Salford Central Mission
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"I'm not prepared to accept this (Academy planning proposal) unless there's a very clear commitment that the building will not be demolished" Councillor Derek Antrobus, Lead Member Planning Feb 2007…

December 2010: Votes to demolish it. 

Labelled as "the most important building in Salford" by objectors at a planning meeting three years ago, the massive iconic Central Salford Mission building now lies in a pile of rubble, wiped so fast off the face of the city that you have to do a double take to reassure yourself that it was once there. Wiped before the Archbishop of York and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who visited MediaCityUK last week, could clap eyes on it.

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, said during the visit "Although Media City is going to bring in wealth to the city, God will be watching". Hope he wasn't watching this old church and community hub being bulldozed...

The Mission building, which celebrated its centenary three years ago, was  praised by Salford City Council's own officers at the planning meeting in 2007. They wrote that  "Its value is identified as being in its tremendous townscape presence at this important gateway to the Quays, the architectural quality of its impressive faēade and its historic association with the Ordsall community".

Now the Mission is a hole in the ground, being prepared for the controversial Oasis Academy MediaCityUK high school. And another piece of Salford's heritage has bitten the dust.

 

For further details and a history of Salford Central Mission click here and then click here

To see Councillor Antrobus get his Mary Burns Award click here

And see Salford Council's Mary Burns Award for Oasis Academy MediaCityUK click here

 


 

Nachtschlepper wrote
at 14:43:10 on 02 July 2012
Eric, that dark history is still being written.
 
eric youd wrote
at 10:16:53 on 02 July 2012
Vavisor Hughes could not have gone to Mass at Salford Central Mission as the very idea of a mass would have been abhorrent to its Protestant founders. The mission started life as either aCongregational Church or a Presbyterian Church. It had an orchestra ,junior rugby league team and a drama society. Its organisations included a Boys Brigade battalion and I believe it had a Girls Brigade. A friend of mine was in the Boys Brigade and I played for the junior rugby league team. The nearest Methodist Church was Regent Hall on Regent Road. There are dark parts in the history of Salford Labour Party they very few of us remember but helped shape the disastrous education policies which remnants of which still effect Salford.
 
shirley wrote
at 14:33:19 on 01 July 2012
can anyone tell me if this started out as a methodist church. thanks
 
Vavisor Hughes wrote
at 06:12:39 on 21 April 2012
I was bore and brought up in my lovely Salford on Sunday we used to go to the mission 4 times on Sunday morning mass then boys brigade Sunday school in the afternoon then all the family mass at tea time great time always in my heart and thoughts
 
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