Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A little bit of Manchester nearly 30 years ago ......... building the First City Crossing

I am looking at another one of John Casey’s photographs.

It dates from the very early 1990s when the construction of the First City Crossing was well under way, and this is the section by Victoria Station.

We tend to overlook more recent pictures of the city and yet they can be as revealing as any of those old black and white images from the early 20th century.

And this one is no exception.

It starts with that bus in the distance in the old livery, moves onto the actual track bed being prepared and finishes with those buildings one of which I still remember visiting when it was a Post Office.

In the last year or so they have vanished while the ones to their right behind the bus went in preparation for the construction of the Urbis which is now the National Football Museum.

Equally fascinating are the images of ghost buildings.

John took a series of pictures along the route of First City Crossing and with some stunning ones of Chapel Street around the same time and I am so pleased he has given permission for them to be featured on the blog.

Location; Manchester

Picture; down by Victoria Station circa early 1990s from the collection of John Casey

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