Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Market Street

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Then & Now Market Street

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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

BELIEVE it or not, this 1938 photograph of Market Street and its junction with Piccadilly Gardens was actually taken at the middle of the day! Scenes like this were common in city centres like Manchester in the mid-1930s as the atmosphere became thick with poisonous choking fumes from home fires and factories.

Smog - smoke and fog - brought city centres to a halt, disrupting traffic, but more dangerously causing dramatic rises in death rates.

As our image shows, the sky was so black the street lights were illuminated and cars and vans were running on full headlights.

What a difference from today's pictures where the skies are clear, buildings are clean, and trees are growing in the pedestrianised square. …

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