What Manchester looked like 100 Years Ago

We found some pictures of the city from 1921...

By Ben Brown | 21 September 2021

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1921. The country, most of the world was still reeling from the devastating ‘Great War’, which was followed almost immediately by an influenza pandemic that swept through the world killing millions and infecting more than 500 million people.

Many countries were still adapting to life in peace time, and ut was a tumultuous time for many – refining borders, signing treaties and, in a few cases – revolution.

Manchester was, as you’d expect, completely different – yet many of these pictures are eerily similar to how they would look today. Many of the city’s most famous buildings are still present, and the basic layout of Manchester remains relatively unchanged…

Ardwick, Ardwick Green

Oxford Road

Fallowfield Allotments

Horse Drawn Vehicle, Suthers and Co Bakery Van

Withy Grove, Manchester, looking south

Manchester High School for Girls, Production of A Midsummer Nights Dream

Market Street, Manchester, from Lewis’s window

Central Library, Manchester Public Commercial Library interior

Cheetham, Cheetham Hill Road

Stevenson Square

Exchanges, Royal Exchange

Aerial Views, Platt Fields Park, Rusholme

Withington, Princess Road

Piggeries on site of road near Mauldeth Road

Deansgate, Manchester, looking north

Longsight, Dickenson Road

Junction of Oxford Street and Whitworth Street

Oxford Street, looking south towards Portland Street

Didsbury, Fog Lane

Moss Side, Greenheys Lane

Baths and Wash Houses, New Quay Street Baths

Deansgate, Manchester, looking north towards Peter Street corner

Oxford Street, looking south from Portland Street

Manchester Royal Infirmary

Exchanges, Manchester Royal Exchange



Images courtesy of the Manchester Local Image Collection