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 the junction of Cateaton Street and Victoria Street in the centre of Manchester.
Although many of the buildings are still recognisable, much has changed in one of the city’s busiest areas since our first photograph was taken in 1900.
The old gas lamps were still prominent on the streets back then. Horses and carts took the place of cars and everyone was smartly dressed for a promenade in town.
The ornate buildings reflected Manchester’s prosperity. By 1900, the city was the ninth most populous in the world and its economy had diversified from textiles into engineering, chemical and electrical industries.
The Victoria Street area now is an important gateway to the city. Its recent redevelopment was linked to projects for Chethams, the Medieval quarter and Salford’s Greengate.
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