The Heritage Society recently spotted
and purchased this superb postcard for the archives.
Though it was postally used in 1909, our expert believes it was
taken in 1907 or thereabouts because of the tramline configuration.
It was taken on High Street, the photographer setting his
tripod up at the top of Hope Street, and pointing it towards Swinton
Road and Post Office Square.
Much has changed in over a century - but surprisingly, a lot
remains. Glancing above the shop frontages the old sandstone first
floors and bay windows are largely unchanged. To the right is
Commercial Row - now just a short-cut to the car park where homes on
Sarah Street stood.