Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now VICTORIA SQUARE

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now VICTORIA 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

HIS week, our main image features a view of the Victoria Square dwellings on Oldham Road in 1906.

The square is just past New Cross, with Sherratt Street on one side and Bengal Street on the other.

The photograph was taken from the left hand side of Oldham Road, going out of the city.

The five-storey block was built by the Manchester Corporation in 1897 as model housing for the workers of Ancoats. It was part of the Manchester Labourers' Dwellings Scheme.

Along with similar blocks at George Leigh Street and Sanitary Street (later renamed Anita Street), it was probably among the first council housing built in England. …

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