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Parachute mine, Oldham, 23 December 1940
Not a scene from the Coronation Street Christmas Disaster Special, this is a German parachute mine which fell on Oldham during the height of the Manchester Blitz, December 23rd 1940 and thankfully didn’t explode. Had it done so, everything in this view would have been completely destroyed.
The location is the back alley between Castleford Street and Wakefield Street looking towards Lime Street. It is very close to Oldham Athletic Football Club and Royal Oldham Hospital.
Please see here for the composite.
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Image © Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives. Used with kind permission.