The Old Wellington Inn

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The Old Wellington Inn is a half-timbered pub in Manchester city centre, England. It is part of Shambles Square, which was created in 1999, and is near Manchester Cathedral. It is a Grade II listed building. [1]

Timber framing building technique, construction method using heavy squared-off and carefully fitted and joined timbers

Timber framing and "post-and-beam" construction are traditional methods of building with heavy timbers, creating structures using squared-off and carefully fitted and joined timbers with joints secured by large wooden pegs. It is commonplace in wooden buildings from the 19th century and earlier. If the structural frame of load-bearing timber is left exposed on the exterior of the building it may be referred to as half-timbered, and in many cases the infill between timbers will be used for decorative effect. The country most known for this kind of architecture is Germany. Timber framed houses are spread all over the country except in the southeast.

Pub drinking establishment

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Manchester city centre central business district of the City of Manchester, England

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The oldest building of its kind in Manchester, it was built in 1552 next to the market square which led off what is now Market Street, in what was known as the Shambles. [2] In 1554 part of it became a draper's shop, owned by the Byrom family, [3] and the writer John Byrom was born there in 1692. [4] The building had a third storey added to it in the 17th century. [5] In 1830 the building became a licensed public house, known as the Vintners Arms, and later the Kenyon Vaults. By 1865 the ground floor of the building was known as the Wellington Inn, while the upper floors were used by makers of mathematical and optical instruments. Later, in 1897, the upper floors were used as a fishing tackle shop, known as "Ye Olde Fyshing Tackle Shoppe". [2]

Market Street, Manchester retail street in Manchester, England

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John Byrom Poet, inventor of a shorthand system

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In the 1970s the Old Shambles was underpinned with a concrete raft and raised by 1.4 metres (55 in) designed by Fred Kennedy(Draughtsman), to fit in with the development of the Arndale Centre; [5] the Inn was reopened in 1981. [2] It was damaged in the 1996 Manchester bombing, and was reopened in February 1997, with costs of £500,000 paid to repair the damage. [6] However, in preparation for the city's development in the bomb's aftermath, it was decided that the building, alongside its neighbour Sinclair's Oyster Bar, should be dismantled and rebuilt 300 metres (980 ft) towards the cathedral to form Shambles Square. [7] The move was completed by November 1999, when the pub reopened. [5]

Manchester Arndale shopping centre in Manchester, England

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1996 Manchester bombing

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Shambles Square, Manchester

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  2. 1 2 3 "The great survivors". Manchester Online. GMG Regional Digital. 13 April 2004. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
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  4. Worthington, p.10
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  6. Williams, p.218
  7. Williams, p.219
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