Perry first started playing tennis on public courts near his family home. His exceptional speed at table tennis served him well as he progressed through the amateur tennis ranks. His 1936 Wimbledon triumph against German Baron Gottfried von Cramm was the quickest men’s final in the 20th century and the second fastest of all time!
The Stone Roses are one of the most celebrated Manchester bands. Formed in 1983, the band went on to enjoy success throughout the late 80's and early 90's. Their most prominent line up consisted of Ian Brown on vocals, John Squire on guitar, bassist Gary 'Mani'...read more
It’s amusing to reflect that one of London’s most famous TV characters was a Mancunian. For John Thaw, who played Flying Squad Detective Jack Regan in The Sweeney, was actually born in Longsight, Manchester. The Sweeney became a symbol for 1970s London –savvy, smart...read more
St Ann's Square is a major focal point for the city of Manchester. We know it today for its retail shops and market stalls however St Ann's Square also has an intriguing history. The area was once known as Acresfield, the earliest recording of which dates back to...read more
Ocean Software was founded in Manchester in 1983. The company headquarters were located on Central Street in Manchester City Centre. Originally named Spectrum Software, the initial name caused some confusion due to the similarly named ZX Spectrum. As a result of this,...read more
Throughout the decades, there have been numerous films set in and around Manchester. Northern grit, working class struggles and family conflict are prevalent themes in many of these films which are memorable for their northern roots and Mancunian setting. Hobsons...read more
Maine Road was home to Manchester City Football Club from 1923 to 2003. Thousands of fans flocked to the Moss Side stadium over the years to see Manchester City play against their rival teams. From periods of triumph to difficult times in the late 90s, Manchester City...read more
Then and Now
St John Street, off Deansgate
Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look now.
This week, our image features St John Street, off Deansgate, in 1900. St John’s church, dating from the 18th century, dominates the view.
St John’s was completed in 1770 by Edward Byrom, co-founder of the first bank in Manchester. It was a memorial to his father John Byrom, the famous writer, poet and diarist and inventor of shorthand.
Your Return Ticket to the Past
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