… plus, Vivien Leigh rehearses for Noel Coward play at Manchester Opera House, and orchestra at Chetham’s Hospital School dress in traditional uniform.
It’s the time of the year when football clubs report back for training for the new season. Nostalgia remembers some tough first days down the years…read more
… plus, first UK transfer fee over £100k as Denis Law signs for United, and King George V and Queen Mary visit Manchester.read more
With his cricket cap cocked in trademark jaunty style, batsman Cyril Washbrook was an absolute favourite of Lancashire and England sports fans in the 1940s and 1950s…read more
…plus Lancashire cricketer captains Tasmanian side, and Portugal play Bulgaria at Old Traffordread more
Murmurs of discontent were rumbling round the Liverpool Docks during the stormy summer of 1960. Frustrated dockers went out on strike, and the seamen set up their own union to fight their cause…read more
Princess Diana forged a special bond with the people of Manchester during her five trips to the city from 1984 to 1993. Nostalgia remembers Princess Diana in Manchester on the anniversary of her visit to Altrincham in July 1992.read more
Then and Now
Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today.
This week it’s the turn of Oxford Road, already busy in our original image dating from the early 20th century.
Much has changed, but the massive clock tower still watches over the hundreds of people who pour into the city every day.
The trams that trundled along Oxford Road have been replaced by cars and buses, but the 217ft clock tower on the former Refuge building still looms in the background.
Your Return Ticket to the Past
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