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Army recruits put on a public exercise display in Piccadilly Gardens, one of the early recruiting drives during the war. Though the plaza has been redeveloped the statue of Queen Victoria in the background and the buildings behind it have not changed.

"What Manchester does today, the rest of the world does tomorrow"

The remarkable rise of Manchester began around the end of the 19th Century, when what was then a small market town began to grow at an astonishing rate, quickly expanding to become the world's leading industrial centre and a pioneer in science and technology.

400 years ago Manchester was a small but bustling market town where traders from all over Lancashire brought their wool for trading. It was in the 1720s when canals linking Manchester to the port of Liverpool opened Manchester and her wool up to the world. These canals forged the famous partnership between the two cities that sling-shotted northwest England to global industrial dominance.

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Newly minted soldiers from a Manchester Regiment march past Lord Kitchener in Albert Square, who can be seen on the right accepting the salute. Part of Kitchener's 'New Army', Regiments like this were annihilated at the Somme a year later.

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Symbolic of the changes in the transportation system over the last century, the Rochdale Canal by Bloom Street has since been filled in and turned into a parking lot. Cheap transport along Manchester's extensive canal network helped propel the city to the forefront of the Industrial Revolution. Since then trucks and freight trains have supplanted the canal barges as the chief means of commercial transport, leaving many canals to be filled in or merely used by pleasure craft.

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Little about the buildings has changed at the intersection of Portland and Princess Street, save the products being advertised on the wall.

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Sunday school pupils fill the streets for the uniquely Manchester tradition of Whitwalk. On Whitfriday, the first Friday after Pentecost, children from Sunday schools of all denominations would put on their best new dresses and trousers and walk to Albert Square to sing "God Save the King." I'm not entirely confident I got the exact right spot, but I am close as the original photo was taken on Portland Street.

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Timber framing goes up as buildings are replaced on Back Turner Street near the former site of the Shudehill Market.

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Another shot of construction, this time workers are repairing damage from ground subsidence on Birchin Lane near High Street.

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Saint Paul's Church once stood at this spot on Turner Street, near the junction with Tibb Street. Built in the 1870s, it was considered architecturally significant for the way it fused Victorian styles with those of the 14th Century. It was demolished in the 1960s (or 80s, depending on the source) to make way for a car park.

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