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Manchester Blitz, Then & Now
Portland Street with the corner of Aytoun Street on the left and the corner of Parker Street on the right.
The Mercure Hotel stands where the burning building (a cotton warehouse) in the photo below stood.
A tatty map showing my approximate viewpoint and field of view on Portland Street, Manchester.
Same scene Christmas Eve 1940. © IWM, photo used with IWM Non-Commercial Licence
The composite image below is taken from the same location above but looking right, i.e along Parker Street towards Mosely Street. So the burning buildings in the top photo would be on the left and behind.