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Manchester Photographic Memories

Manchester Photographic Memories

The photo 'Manchester, Market Street 1889' appears in this book.

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Caption for Manchester, Market Street 1889: This street was once called Market Stead Lane, and led from the newly-emerging warehouses around Piccadilly to the Market Place, Acres Field and the Shambles. Before it was widened, Market Street was a narrow, crooked and steeply-rising lane; in places it was so narrow that only one cart could pass at a time. Things became so bad that an Act to improve Market Street was passed in 1821. The buildings we see here were constructed around 1850, and the street became the main shopping area for Manchester.

An extract from Manchester Photographic Memories.

Memories of Manchester

1966 I was hired by Manchester Corperation Buses as a trolley conductor. I was 18 1/2 years old, I worked the last 6 months of trolley life on Ashton New Road, working out of Stephenson Sq. They were the best years of my working life, and I worked with a smashing bunch of men from all (...Read full memory)

Does anyone remember Mountfield Street, later called Milton Street? I lived at number 37 with my mam (Veronica), dad (Jim) and my sisters, Vera and Mary. We went to St Bridget's School. The three of us used to go and play in Phillips Park during the holidays, you could go anywhere in those days (...Read full memory)

I was a student here between 1966 and 1969 and loved the place! Although it was an all-male Hall of Residence we organised events with other Halls from the University and Colleges. I was the social secretary for my Hall and got to meet some lovely people; although it is now more than forty years (...Read full memory)

I don't see any memories of Beswick, Manchester. We lived on Mill St., between the Bradford pub(I think this is still there) and the doctors office(I believe that it is also still there), but the houses in between have been pulled down. We moved from Mill St. to Collyhurst when they were pulling down all the houses (...Read full memory)

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