Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Peter Street

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Peter Street

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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.

Last week it was the turn of the Midland Hotel; this week we're moving the focus slightly to Peter Street looking towards Deansgate.

The main picture, dating from 1904, shows the Midland Hotel on the left and the site of the Central Library on the right.

The building in its place was the Waldorf Restaurant.

The cobbled streets and gas lamps in Peter Street are a far cry from the bars and restaurants of today.

The circular Central Library building, which resembles the Pantheon in Rome with its domed design and portico, was officially opened by King George V on July 17, 1934. The foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald on May 6, 1930. …

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