Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Manchester's Secret Industrial Lesson for Visitor from Japan ; AIDAN O'ROURKE HAS DOCUMENTED MANCHESTER IN PHOTOGRAPHS AND WORDS SINCE 1996. THIS WEEK, HE SHARES HIS PICTURES AND THOUGHTS ON OVERLOOKED SIGHTS THAT REVEAL A LITTLE-KNOWN TALE OF THE CITY'S PAST

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Manchester's Secret Industrial Lesson for Visitor from Japan ; AIDAN O'ROURKE HAS DOCUMENTED MANCHESTER IN PHOTOGRAPHS AND WORDS SINCE 1996. THIS WEEK, HE SHARES HIS PICTURES AND THOUGHTS ON OVERLOOKED SIGHTS THAT REVEAL A LITTLE-KNOWN TALE OF THE CITY'S PAST

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I LIKE to highlight forgotten aspects of local history.

I was surprised to discover that in the mid-19th century, a distinguished Japanese visitor came to Manchester to study the Industrial Revolution.

That visitor was Godai Tomoatsu, from Satsuma, in the south of Japan.

He came secretly in 1865 with two fellow students and stayed at the Queen's Hotel on the corner of Piccadilly and Portland Street.

The hotel is a familiar sight in old photos, today in its place stands No 1 Portland Street.

They travelled using nearby London Road Station (Piccadilly). One of their visits was to Macclesfield to see the works of J and T Brocklehurst, then the biggest silk spinning mills in the world.

They also went to the Hartford New Works in Werneth, Oldham.

Here, Tomoatsu ordered machinery that would help launch the modern Japanese textile industry. …

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