The band M People were one of the most successful dance acts of the 90’s. M People (or Mike’s People) was formed in 1991 by resident Hacienda DJ Mike Pickering. Originally to feature multiple different singers, Pickering made Heather Small a permanent member of the...read more
Mancunian Film Corporation, situated on Dickenson Road in Rusholme, was the first British film studio to operate outside of London and the South East. The studio was famed for it’s low budget productions and northern comedies. Originally operating in London under...read more
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
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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...read more
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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The trams that trundled along Oxford Road have been replaced by cars and buses, but the 217ft clock tower on the former Refuge building still looms in the background.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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