In May 1982, the legendary Hacienda first opened its doors. A former yacht builder’s warehouse turned iconic music venue, the Hacienda defined the ‘Madchester’ era. Well known for it’s yellow and black stripes and industrial warehouse feel, the Hacienda interior was...read more
Once one of the best loved and most popular visitor attractions in the North West, Belle Vue housed a world famous theme park, a zoo filled with exotic animals, a bustling fairground, a speedway track and a circus. Belle Vue also played host to many a rock concert....read more
How one of Manchester's best-known streets has changed in the last 80 years Welcome to Then and Now – the brand new feature where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look in 2017. This week it’s...read more
Gorton has overcome a lot over the years - but the spirit and resilience of its residents has shone through. The Reverend David Gray, affectionately known around Manchester as the Punk Monk, has an interesting tale to tell about Gorton. It concerned a woman who worked...read more
What happened in Manchester this week in previous years? Each week we take a look back into the annals of Manchester history to see what happened this week in previous years. 1949 - World's first computer is born Baby, the world’s first computer, was developed by...read more
If you’re fascinated by the past and have an hour or two to spare, you could do a lot worse than pop into the People’s History Museum in Spinningfields, Manchester. The former Edwardian pumping station houses an intriguing collection of memories and material from the...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.
Three different types of transport are pictured alongside each other in our main image of Piccadilly in 1915.
First in line and partly obscured, is a trolley-bus. It was, quite simply, a double-decker run on electricity through trolley poles.
An environmental dream, the trolley-bus was quiet, fume-free and more flexible in traffic than a tram. It could also accelerate like a sports car and stop on a sixpence!
Your Return Ticket to the Past
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