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Report (Permission Visit) The Grand Room, Palace Hotel Manchester - Nov 2014

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Guido, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. Guido

    Guido 28DL Member
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    Hi folks,

    First report(ish) for me. I was working an event in the Palace Hotel Manchester, formerly the Refuge Assurance building and I did a little snooping in my break to take some pictures of rooms and places which don't get seen buy guests.

    I've posted pictures and a link to the Wikipedia page, if that's not enough I'll do some digging and see if I can come up with more history.
    The only info I know other than what's on Wikipedia is apparently when the hotel chain took this building over, they didn't know the Grand Room existed. Legend has it that they were renovating and a builder knocked down part of a wall and discovered this cavernous room, untouched since the early 1900's.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refuge_Assurance_Building

    The stage in the Grand Room

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    A few pics of above the stage on the gantry, the original rheostat lighting system lies destroyed

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    Early flying system

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    The safe room. These are the original wooden clad safes the Refuge Assurance company used.

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    Level 2 corridor, the ceramic tile throughout this building is beautiful.

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    Level 2 stairs, I think these are the 'haunted' ones

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    These next few are of the directors suite, it's a conference room so won't be open to the public. It's wooden clad and the fireplaces are wonderful. First pic is of a window lock, still works, made from brass as far as I can see. These are original and all over the hotel.

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    Apologies for potato quality, they were taken on my phone. Next post will be better.

    Hope you enjoyed!
     
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  2. Gone

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    Re: The Grand Room, Palace Hotel Manchester, Nov 2014

    nice flicks, get up the tower!
     
  3. Guido

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    Re: The Grand Room, Palace Hotel Manchester, Nov 2014

    Yeah, that's on my to-do list. I didn't have time on this visit.
     
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    Re: The Grand Room, Palace Hotel Manchester, Nov 2014

    Sweet,really nice place,good report:)
     
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    Re: The Grand Room, Palace Hotel Manchester, Nov 2014

    love the tiling :)
     
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    Re: The Grand Room, Palace Hotel Manchester, Nov 2014

    That's special, love the tiling as well :)
     
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    Re: The Grand Room, Palace Hotel Manchester, Nov 2014

    love the tiling and the woodwork. the original brass window fittings are great too. u dont see many of those around these days!
     
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    Re: The Grand Room, Palace Hotel Manchester, Nov 2014

    Love the old lighting rig! I was there for a conference a couple of years ago, I remember a few corridors up higher with original decor that were closed off for renovation. Would be great to see up top :thumb
     
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    Re: The Grand Room, Palace Hotel Manchester, Nov 2014

    Nice - I was at a union conference in that room about three years ago, my bedroom was huuuuge! Had a fireplace, a disused lift and fantastic views over Oxford Rd Station.
     
  10. Guido

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    Re: The Grand Room, Palace Hotel Manchester, Nov 2014

    :)
    I do love the abandoned stuff, but there's still something special about seeing a building in use and being a part of its history.
     
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    Excellent photos good potato quality lol
     
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    looks very nice, cool pics
     
  13. Skudge

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    Very nice, I've wondered around this building many a time and had a look and bin right up to the very top of the clocktower, but never seen this room before. Like you said beautiful building, if you're gonna try the clock-tower make sure no one is around. Bin busted a few times going up :brew. Also last time I checked it was locked but as you know things can change overnight.
     
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