This lovely little collection of 250 photographs was deposited by David Lewis of the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society.

(2) 2 Wheatsheaf, High Street, Manchester, Nov 1971

The photos were taken in the 1960s and 1970s by a friend of David’s family. They capture a snapshot of the city centre’s pubs at a time of sudden change.

Old Building No 1 Shudehill, the third building was the Bay Horse, May 1958

The quality is mixed (maybe the photographer took some of the shots after having a drink) but the detail is fantastic. Some pubs are long gone, some have hardly changed at all.

(2) 3 Britons Protection Hotel, Gt Bridgewater Street, Manchester, Nov 1971

George and Dragon, “Band on the Wall”, Swan Street, Manchester, Sept 1961

The fonts are universally fantastic.

Old Pack Horse, Oldham Road, Manchester, Sep 1971

Earl St Vincent, Oldham Road, Manchester, April 1960.

It’s not all pubs either. Here’s the oldest house in Manchester, on Shudehill.

Old house in Shudehill, Manchester, Dec 1957.

Some disused steps on the Irwell.

Old disused steps to the Irwell on Exchange approach, Manchester, May 1958.

And the CIS Tower under construction in April 1962.

CIS Building under construction, April 1962

How many of these pubs have you been to?

Union Hotel, Princess Street, Manchester, Aug 1971

"Old Shambles”, Old Market Place, Manchester, May 1958

Circus tavern, Portland street, Manchester, Dec 1957


Crown and Anchor, “Sam Marshalls”, Hilton Street, Port Street, Manchester, Oct 1961.

Cotton Tree Inn, Gt Ancoats Street, Manchester, July 1962

Lower Ship, Withy Grove, Manchester, Aug 1971

Rochdale Canal Warehouse, Dale Street, Manchester


You can find more photos of most of these scenes by checking the Manchester Local Image Collection.