Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Piccadilly Gardens

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Piccadilly Gardens

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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 today

THIS week our main image shows Piccadilly Gardens in 1890. The area was full of the hustle and bustle of life at the heart of Victorian Manchester. The photograph was taken from the top of Market Street looking towards Portland Street. To the right is the Manchester Infirmary, demolished in 1910 after the hospital was rebuilt on Oxford Road.

On the left of the Victorian scene are horse-drawn passenger trams, forerunners to today's Metrolink system. The infirmary was built in 1755 on the street called Lever's Row which continued south-east as Piccadilly.

Next to the infirmary was a lunatic asylum. A remnant of the infirmary's basement survived as a sunken garden. …

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