This is the wonderful, imposing Sephardi synagogue in Cheetham Hill in Manchester. It was opened in 1874, is now grade II* listed and has been described by English Heritage as 'one of the highlights of Victorian Gothic architecture' in the UK.
The synagogue is no longer in use for worship. Cheetham Hill was once the heart of Manchester's Jewish community, but they have dispersed - just as London Jewry is no longer concentrated in the East End. Manchester is home to Britain's second biggest Jewish community after London.
The building now houses Manchester Jewish Museum, recently renovated and extended, splendidly so, and absolutely worth a visit.
The highlight is the chance to see the synagogue itself, vibrant and resplendent, and a sign of the wealth and confidence in the mid-Victorian era of Manchester's Sephardi community (so of Spanish and Portuguese origin, and including much of the Jewish community in North Africa, the Arab world and India). Take a look -
I'm on a roll when it comes to CND ephemera. For the second time recently I've bought a CND-related item and found a CND leaflet inside.
Just recently I bought one of the first CND pamphlet's, historian A.J.P. Taylor's The Great Deterrent Myth - with on its cover a New Statesman cartoon mocking America's threatened use of the H-Bomb against the Soviet Union (hence the Russian bear).
Inside I found a press cutting, and a CND leaflet.
The leaflet seems to date from very soon after the launch of CND in November 1957. The famous CND peace symbol devised in 1958 is strikingly absent.
CND has still not achieved its goals. Britain remains a nuclear weapons 'power' - to its shame. But it has been one of the most effective of pressure groups, ensuring that the issue of unilateralism doesn't fade from public debate.
And the early CND was the political territory on which the British New Left developed - and that's quite something.
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