Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Central Library

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Central Library

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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 photos contrast the fading glory of the Victorian age with an abiding monument to Manchester - the city's Central Library.

The cobbled streets and bowlerhatted gentlemen of 1897 may have disappeared, but time has failed to dim the grandeur of the classical library building in our photos from 2003 and 2018.

Since it opened in 1934, the library has been a focus of municipal activity and stands as an impressive entrance to the city.

The massive town hall facing Albert Square may be one of the city's most notable Victorian buildings, but looking up Mount Street, the partial image of the library jutting out on the right only tells part of the story. …

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