Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

THEN & Now Oldham Street

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

THEN & Now Oldham Street

Article excerpt

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 our main image shows Oldham Street in 1900. There's a real hustle and bustle about the place as people flock to its shops and stores.

Pedestrians avoid the trams as they carefully make their way over the tracks and cobbles in the middle of the busy thoroughfare.

Oldham Street was in its heyday in the early 1900s and was part of Manchester's commercial heartland. It was later the home to retail giants Marks and Spencer and C&A in the city.

But, over the years, the street fell into decline and became a run-down area.

The opening of the Arndale Centre in the late 1970s accelerated its demise. Many businesses moved away and 'to let' signs became common. …

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