Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now SMITHFIELD MARKET

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now SMITHFIELD MARKET

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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 Smithfield Market, photographed from High Street. Our original image, dating from 1907, shows a group of barrow boys waiting to haul goods along the cobbled streets during a busy day of market trading. It has clearly been raining!

Behind the photographer is Thomas Street. Closest to the camera on the right are Edge Street and, just before the façade of the market, Copperas Street.

A market has existed on the site since the late 18th century - and has always been described as a 'chaotic, bustling place.' In 1853 an iron and glass roof was built over the area, filling the space between the different market buildings. …

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