City centre Manchester changes at a frightening speed.  If you don’t visit for a few weeks buildings disappear and new ones shoot up in their place.  Shops move from one place to another, some restaurants and bars open with great fanfare while others slip away quietly.

Mixed in with all this change are some long standing institutions.  Most of you will now be thinking of your favourite buildings that have stood watch over Manchester for many years, but some institutions aren’t bricks and mortar.  This week I found a great picture of one Mancunian institution…

Flower Stall at St Anns Church, Manchester

This picture is from 1898 and is from the early days of the flower stall outside St Ann’s Church in St Ann’s Square.  Roll on 100 (and a bit) years to today.

Flourish florists

We wondered if the stall had originally been to supply flowers to people visiting the nearby graves.  If anyone knows, please let us know.  Big thanks to the current owners for letting two random women take their photo.

By the way, it’s Valentines Day.  We aren’t really a team of old romantics but if you’re buying someone flowers, please support your local florist.