Manchester History In Vintage Film & Old Photos

Watch Manchester’s local history come to life with short vintage films and videos made from the compilation of old photos of this historic city in North West England.

At the start of the 1800s, Manchester was a modestly sized market town despite having doubled in size over the previous 50 years. By 1871, the population stood at 371,000 people, and the prosperous families had long established themselves in outlying areas, away from the overcrowded slums and industry of the city centre.

Today the city boasts a population of more than 550,000 residents, and Manchester is now the UK’s 9th largest city. The population for the Greater Manchester area, which includes the city and several nearby towns, is estimated to be more than 2.8 million people.

Vintage Film & Old Photos of Manchester

⏯ Watch: Early photographs of Manchester

Step back to Manchester’s famous landmarks in the olden days with this collection of old photos from the Keasbury-Gordon Photograph Archive.

⏯ Watch: Police Take A Prisoner To Strangeways (1910-1920)

KM Prison Manchester has a distinct entrance building so it’s instantly recognisable as the police arrive with their horse drawn custody vehicle.

⏯ Watch: “England’s Oldest Man” In Manchester (1937)

Quite what inspired Michael Moore’s claim to be England’s oldest man is anyone’s guess, but the decision to press ahead with the clearly fake news story is even more extraordinary. To be fair to everyone involved, life expectancy for UK males in 1930 was just over 58 years.

⏯ Watch: The Newly Opened Mancunian Way In 1967

Shortly after the Prime Minister Harold Wilson opened the elevated motorway in 1967, this footage was recorded.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering what Manchester is famous for?

Manchester is famous for the textile industry which brought much wealth to the city, the leading suffragette women of the Edwardian age, and the 1990s music scene at the heart of BritPop. Today, it’s known for its universities, nearby BBC studios, and trendy social spots.

What accent is spoken in Manchester?

The majority of the population of Manchester and North West England speak in an accent and dialect known as Mancunian (or Manc). Because of the 90s Britpop movement and permanent BBC northern base in nearby Salford, Mancunian accent is more frequently heard on national TV than other northern accents.

What food is Manchester famous for?

Manchester is famous for a wide range of dishes including the dark sausage known as Black Pudding, Eccles cake named after the nearby town, and the sweet baked treat Manchester Tart. Also, popular soft drink Vimto was invested in Manchester in 1908.