1950s England: Manchester

The Guardian Newspaper began its life in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian, and was based in that northern city until moving to London in 1976. Over the decades, it has acquired a vast library of photos, taken by staff photographers and also freelancers selling to the newspaper. These are some of the photos of Manchester from that archive, taken between 1954 and 1959.

(All photos copyright of The Guardian Newspaper)

The busy shopping district of Market Street.

Excited children rush into the newly-opened playground of Philips Park.

Young couples enjoying a Summer day out in Parsonage Gardens.

Children playing in an abandoned car, Moss Side.

Rush hour traffic jam, Chester Road.

A child offering an ice lolly to a goose. Pets Corner, Platt Fields.

Manchester Grammar School boys attempting to view a total eclipse of the Sun.

Preparing for Summer season at the boating lake, Platts Fields.

Children playing in an area being demolished.

This workman is enjoying a beer after the completion of The Samuel Grating Building, Quay Street.

42 thoughts on “1950s England: Manchester

  1. * The children rushing into the newly-opened playground of Philips Park reminds me of adults rushing into Walmart on Black Friday (which I’ve always avoided like the plague.)
    * Those children are future car mechanics.
    * Do those guys paddle their kids at home?

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    1. I haven’t been back there since the early 1970s. I remember the huge estates on the edges of the city, quite bleak and forbidding. (The same can be said about London of course.)
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I never went to Manchester. They produced a lot of musicians. Why did the Guardian move? That was interesting. Yes definitely a post war feel about them pics.

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    1. The Guardian realised that it had to be in London to deal with the major breaking news stories. It still does that, to this day.
      You didn’t miss much in Manchester, it was bleak back then.
      Best wishes, Pete.


  3. Great pics. I love the last one of the chap with his beer atop the scaffolding. And the infant offering its lolly to the goose. I remember being very taken with a goose like that. I’ve always wondered if it ended up on someone’s dinner table 😦

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