Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now St Ann's Square

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now St Ann's Square

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WELCOME to the second of our Then and Now features, 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 St Ann's Square, the pedestrianised square at the centre of Manchester's shopping heartland and home to St Ann's Church and the Royal Exchange Theatre. For more than two centuries it was also the home of the Manchester Cotton Exchange.

St Ann's Square is a prime spot for visiting Manchester's ever-popular Christmas market when the area is crammed with stalls and traders. The French market is pretty busy too. But St Ann's Square is a bustling place most days now.

It was very different in 1940, when our first photo was taken. There are hardly any people in sight and only a few cars on the street. …

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