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 from November 1981 shows Manchester group the Bee Gees returning to their old school, Oswald Road County Primary in Chorlton, for the first time since moving back to England. They also called at their old house in Keppel Road.

The three brothers in the picture, Maurice, Robin and Barry Gibb, formed their first group The Rattlesnakes before the family emigrated to Australia in August 1958.

The Bee Gees made their first appearance in Manchester on April 2nd 1967 when they played the Palace Theatre with Fats Domino on his first UK tour. Gerry and the Pacemakers completed the line-up.
 

 
The old wall of the school and the railings behind the Bee Gees are still present in photographer Nicola Mazzuia’s modern image. The redbrick Victorian buildings have changed little too.

Chorlton grew hugely in the Victorian area, particularly when the Midland Railway built a line from Manchester Central through Chorlton station in January 1880.

The Manchester Corporation tramway reached Chorlton before the First World War with a terminus on Barlow Road. Chorltonville was then developed as a garden suburb.

A council housing estate was built at Merseybank after the war and new residential development took place on both sides of Wilbraham Road.