A look back at Manchester in the 1960’s through some searing images

Manchester has always had a habit of being the epicentre of cool in England. Whether it was the 80’s and 90’s Madchester revival or later when Oasis dominated the world; but that wasn’t always the case. During the ’60’s there were two cities ahead of Manchester in the pecking order.

Liverpool, with its favoured ‘Fab Four’ and London’s swinging set, were the envy of the world, and indeed Manchester. The city at the time was still finding its own way out of its industrial past, and in truth, was struggling to see a way out.

The brutality of life was evident across the city and these images show just how tough life was for those folk back then. But as ever with Manchester, whenever there is hardship there is heart, and while there are haunts of the past show in these photos there are also bright glimpses of the future.

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Enjoy the complexity of Manchester below.

The elevated section of the Mancunian Way under construction in 1966. The tower of UMIST's Faraday Building, also under construction, can be seen rising beyond the flyover on the left of the picture.
 The Manchester City Art Gallery at the junction of Mosley Street and Princess Street, photographed in the early 1960s. Designed by Charles Barry as the Royal Manchester Institution and built 1829-36
The rear of Peter House from Lower Mosley Street in 1967. Designed by Amsell & Bailey for the Clerical Medical & General Life Assurance Company, 1958.
View across Hulme showing areas cleared for redevelopment. Taken from the extension to the Manchester College of Art and Design (the current Chatham Building) around 1966.
The elevated section of the Mancunian Way and adjoining slip road at All Saints, c. 1968. Taken from the Cavendish School on Loxford Street looking west towards north Hulme. The space in the foreground was subsequently occupied by the Loxford Tower (completed in 1974), and is now the site of the new MMU Business School.
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A group of five 'K6' public telephone boxes at the edge Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, around 1969.
ABC Television House on Mount Street, from the junction of Oxford Street and Lower Mosley Street, c. 1960. Designed by J. E. Beardshaw & Partners and built 1959-60.
Crowborough Street near the junction with Ridley Grove, in the Hulme/Greenheys district of Manchester, photographed around 1967.

(All images sourced via MMU and Flashbak)

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