Around Station Road

Manchester Ship Canal Offices


The first photo here, taken in the sixties, shows the MSC offices and clock tower and, at the junction of Station Road, Grosvenor Street and Dock Street, the Bull’s Head. Beyond the MSC offices, in Dock Street, is the Horse & Jockey pub, now visible in the second photo, after the surrounding buildings were demolished in the 1970s to make way for the M53 motorway.


The Grosvenor & Victoria Park

The first photo, from the sixties, shows the Grosvenor pub (now Grosvenor Apartments) and Victoria Park (now road and motorway embankment).

John Street School


John Street School in the sixties, and today. Not much has changed, most of the chimneys are still there, and there is even a tree that I’d like to imagine is the same one.


Another View of Leigh’s, Station Road


Railway Station – Now You See It…


I’m still not sure there’s any point to this one, as there’s not a single detail that matches in both photos. Westminster Bridge now completely obscures the view of the buildings that survive on Station Road. That fact alone may be of interest though, so here it is. I can’t guarantee the accuracy, but it’s as near as I can get, using an aerial map and my best guess.

Grace Arms


The Grace Arms, named after the former owners of Whitby Hall, over the road in the middle of a public park

Westminster Bridge, from the Railway Station


I’m not absolutely certain but, from the way the people are facing the road, the first photo in this animation looks like another view of the opening ceremony for Westminster Bridge, on the 29th of July, 1961.

Building Westminster Bridge


Westminster Bridge, here looking well on the way to completion. It was officially opened on the 29th of July, 1961, so I would guess that this photo was taken sometime during the winter before that, which would account for the coats people are wearing.

Westminster Road, Conservative Club


The Conservative Club, seen here in the 1960s, was knocked down and the land used for residential flats. The old Westminster Inn, situated behind the old club, was taken over and opened as the new Conservative Club in February of 2009.

Station Hotel, 1909


The first picture here was taken in 1909, which was also the year that the extension on the right was built.