Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Stevenson Square

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Stevenson Square

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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 it's the turn of Stevenson Square, a key part of Manchester's vibrant Northern Quarter.

The main image, dating from 1891, is shot from the square looking toward Newton Street and Piccadilly.

Horse-drawn carts still ply their trade on the cobbled streets and gas lamps light the way.

The area has a fascinating history. What is now Piccadilly Gardens was once the site of 'daub holes' where mud for building wattle and daub houses was extracted from the ground.

From the mid-18th century, land was sold in parcels to entrepreneurs and the square became a centre for trade and small businesses. …

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