Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Salford Docks

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Salford Docks

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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 shows the busy Salford Docks in the 1930s.

TA key part of the Port of Manchester from 1894, the docks served both coastal and oceanbound ships.

Cargos came from all parts of the world, but a large proportion of trading was with Canada. Some passengers were also carried on the liners crossing the Atlantic.

Manchester Liners' passenger rates for 1954 were £66 for the voyage to Montreal. It was £7 for infants less than a year old.

The docks went into decline in the 1970s as new, larger container ships could not navigate the Manchester Ship Canal. The docks finally closed in 1982.

Two years later Salford City Council purchased the docklands and launched the development plan that resulted in the Salford Quays and the new buildings that are evident today. …

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