Now I can’t be exactly sure of the date but this horse drawn bus travelling the route from the Prince of Wales to Chorlton appears in other pictures in the collection where we do have a date.
It is in the livery of Manchester Corporation and soon after this picture was taken Manchester began using motor buses.* Inside sits a solitary passenger.
But what I am more drawn to is the section of Withington Road to the left of the photograph. Today this section consists of a series of terraced houses set at right angles to the road, but in 1905 they were a stately line of impressive houses.
What however, really interests me it is the hand cart up ended by the entrance to one of the houses. It is not something you would see now and I wonder why it was there.
In 1905, such hand carts were common.
Workman used them as did the knife grinder and other tradesmen. It is perhaps a sobering thought that before such a man could start work he first had to wheel the cart, tools and equipment to where he was working.
Location; Whalley Range, Manchester
*A Short History of Public Transport in Greater Manchester, http://www.gmts.co.uk/explore/history/history.html
Picture; from the Lloyd collection