Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look in 2017.
This week it’s the turn of Cheetham Hill Road, which runs from Corporation Street in the city centre to Crumpsall where it changes its name to Bury Old Road. Today it’s a busy street lined with shops, churches, synagogues, mosques and temples as well as terraced houses.
Our first picture dates from 1902 and is taken at the junction with Woodland Avenue. The original buildings are still intact although the shopfronts have changed dramatically. There were no massive advertising hoardings at the turn of the century either.
The trams have long since departed along with the cobbles – it’s heavy duty tarmac now to deal with the hugely increased traffic. Handcarts were common in 1902. You can see one making deliveries just in front of the old gas lamp.
The road’s original name was York Street, but it was changed around 1900 due to the large number of York Streets in central Manchester.
York Street became an important place for retail and trade in the early 19th century. By 1845 there were 12 Jewish retailers living along York Street or nearby. Two synagogues – the Great Synagogue ad the Reformed Synagogue – were founded in York Street in 1858.
Manchester Jewish Museum occupies the former Spanish and Portugese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road and is a Grade II listed building. Opened in March 1984, the museum tells the story of the Jewish settlement in Manchester and its community over the past 200 years.
If you have any memories of Cheetham Hill Road or this part of Manchester, we’d love to hear them. Just contact the M.E.N. or leave a comment on the iNostalgia Facebook pages.