Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now White City

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now White City

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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 shows the ornate entrance to the White City botanical gardens and amusement park.

The Grade II-listed gateway, still standing today, is on the edge of the White City retail park on Chester Road, Old Trafford.

The White City park, which later included a sports stadium for athletics, greyhound and stock car racing, started life as a botanical garden in 1827.

The site was chosen as it was downwind of pollution from the city.

In 1857, the park hosted the Art Treasures Exhibition, which attracted 1.3 million visitors in 142 days. The event was opened by Prince Albert. Another exhibition was held to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887, this time attracting 4. …

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