Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Albert Square

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Albert 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 today

HIS week we focus on Albert Square, where Mancunians have traditionally congregated to mark major events.

TNew Year's Eve parties, football homecomings, street festivals and demonstrations have all taken place in the square.

In 1894, the decorations were out for a flying visit from Queen Victoria. She stopped off on the way to open the Manchester Ship Canal and a huge crowd gathered to welcome her.

The Albert memorial, unveiled in 1867, dominates the square. It was built in memory of Queen Victoria's Consort who died in 1861.

Clearing the site for the new memorial began in 1864. More than 100 buildings were demolished, including a coffee-roasting works, the Engraver's Arms pub, a smithy and a coal yard. …

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