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Then & Now; Deansgate, Manchester
This is an old black and white long exposure photo taken on Deansgate during the air raid on Manchester on June 2nd 1941. I have edited it somewhat. The streaks of light are sparks flying through the air.
It was a devastating attack, lasting from 0040 till 0310. Bombs fell in Manchester City Centre, Cheetham Hill, Strangeways, Salford and Stretford. There were hundreds of casualties, including 14 nurses killed while on duty at the Salford Royal Hospital.
The photos below are of the Manchester City Mission Headquarters on the corner of Lloyd Street and Deansgate, just a little way along the road from where the photo above was taken. Below that is the same corner as it looks now.
I have a copy of an excellent book by Mr Peter J C Smith called Luftwaffe over Manchester, published in 2003 by Neil Richardson. It has had me driving all over Manchester looking for traces of the war. The book reference is ISBN 978 1 85216 151 4. I think it is out of print*, though it’s the sort of publication you often find in local libraries.
*it’s not out of print, see comments below for details.
Deansgate, Manchester after the air raid of June 2nd 1941.
How it looked in 2010.