April 21st 1944 The harsh realities of life in wartime Manchester are captured in this powerful image of housewife Mrs Margaret Jones being forced to cook stew on a watchman’s brazier in New Bridge Street. Mrs Jones and her family had been left without gas in her home...read more
As Manchester City’s current crop of playmakers are praised from all quarters, iNostalgia looks back at talented midfielders from the past. Life as player was very different when Manchester City inside forward Joe Hayes made his senior debut against Spurs in October...read more
iNostalgia remembers how Manchester lit the spark of the punk rock explosion in the late 1970s. It was described, quite simply, as the gig that changed the world. The date was June 4th, 1976. The venue was Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall. The group on stage were...read more
APRIL 13TH 1951 Long-serving hangman Albert Pierrepoint pulls a pint at his Manchester pub, the Help the Poor Struggler. Pierrepoint executed at least 400 people, including Ruth Ellis, Derek Bentley and the war-time traitor William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw). He hanged more...read more
This weekend marks Derby Day for both Liverpool and Manchester. In a game weekend that falls between the Champions League quarter final ties between Liverpool and Manchester City, the two teams have their own league intentions too. City could seal the title at home...read more
Photographers uncovered some extraordinary sights when they went behind the scenes at Coronation Street 50 years ago this month. Not least was prim and proper Annie Walker, landlady of the Rovers Return, lying down on a bed with husband Jack – in broad daylight too!...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 now.
This week our main image shows the massive hole that unexpectedly opened up on the A464 at Harpurhey on a quiet Sunday in January 1969.
Fortunately, few cars were on the busy Manchester to Rochdale road when the 40ft stretch of tarmac caved in so no-one was hurt.
Engineers were quickly on the scene of the subsidence which may have been caused by heavy rain.
Your Return Ticket to the Past
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