And so it as when this snap was taken sometime I think in the 1930s.
Back then the Royal Exchange was an exchange trading in cotton and after the completion of its extension between 1914 and ’31 was the largest trading hall in the country.
Now I might be slightly out with the date, the cars suggest the 1920s and it all hangs on whether what we see is the finished exchange.
Either way it is another of those wonderful snaps from the collection of Sandra Hapgood, and as I have said before they are a valuable record of what the city looked like.
For unlike the carefully posed professional images these were instant pictures, taken by someone who just liked what they saw.
And so often are ones that no one else has taken.