Piccadilly. The Duke of Wellington statue can been on the left. (Photo by James Valentine/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

21 photos of historic Manchester as it used to be – including Piccadilly Gardens and Market Street

Travel back in time and take a look at what Manchester used to look like.

Manchester city centre is rapidly changing – the buildings are getting taller, shinier and more expensive. But you don’t have to look far to realise that the city is also steeped in history.

If you’ve ever wondered what Piccadilly Gardens looked like before the ugly grey wall went up, or which shops populated Market Street before the Arndale, here are some photos of historic Manchester to help you step back in time.

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