Then and Now

Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester & Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look now.

The Queen at Aintree

The Queen at Aintree

Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today. Here’s the Queen and Queen Mother enjoying the annual spectacle of the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse. The date is March 24th 1956.

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Churchill at Shambles

Churchill at Shambles

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.
Here’s a young Winston Churchill addressing a massed crowd at the Old Shambles in Manchester. The date is April 1908.

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Goodison Park

Goodison Park

Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today. This week Everton players are training at Goodison Park. The date is January 25th 1955.

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FA Cup at St George’s Hall

FA Cup at St George’s Hall

Then and Now this week shows Liverpool fans in their thousands crowding into St George’s Place in May 1965 to see Liverpool bring back the FA Cup. Liverpool, managed by Bill Shankly and led by Ron Yeats, had defeated Leeds 2-1 at Wembley in a closely-fought match that went to extra time.

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Three Graces Waterfront

Three Graces Waterfront

Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today. This week our photo shows the trio of world-renowned Liverpool landmarks known as the Three Graces in October 1959.

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Oxford Street Smog

Oxford Street Smog

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 our photo shows what seems to be pedestrians picking their way through the fog on a cold evening on Oxford Street in November 1953.

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Suez Protest

Suez Protest

Then and Now compares images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today. We look back to when Manchester University students protested against British policy in Egypt during the Suez Crisis.

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Everton at St George’s Hall

Everton at St George’s Hall

Then and Now compares images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today. Here we show the victorious Everton football team on the steps of St George’s Hall after winning the FA Cup in May 1966.

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Airport Departure Lounge

Airport Departure Lounge

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. Our main image this week may look like a doctor’s waiting room, but it is actually the international...

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Hartor Close

Hartor Close

Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today. Our striking main image this week shows a child sitting on a pavement in front of rows of terraced...

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Piccadilly Lancaster Bomber

Piccadilly Lancaster Bomber

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. Our main image this week comes from an era before social distancing when thousands of Mancunians crowded into Piccadilly for a close-up view of a Lancaster bomber.

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New Strand Centre

New Strand Centre

Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look now. This week’s main photo from January 1967 shows construction work on the 22-storey block of flats dominating the £5 million New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle.

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Then & Now – St Saviour’s Church, Manchester

Then & Now – St Saviour’s Church, Manchester

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 picture shows Heaton Park in 1906. Its previous owner the Earl of Wilton had sold it to Manchester City Council just four years earlier in 1902.

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Then & Now – Bold Street, Liverpool

Then & Now – Bold Street, Liverpool

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 picture shows Heaton Park in 1906. Its previous owner the Earl of Wilton had sold it to Manchester City Council just four years earlier in 1902.

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Then & Now – Students’ Union building, Manchester

Then & Now – Students’ Union building, Manchester

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 picture shows Heaton Park in 1906. Its previous owner the Earl of Wilton had sold it to Manchester City Council just four years earlier in 1902.

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