Deansgate, Looking North
Photographer: Brothers, Alfred
Medium: Photographic print
"Until recent years Deansgate was a narrow, irregular, and inconveniently-crowded street. The spirit of modern enterprise has, however, effected a complete transformation: the roadway has been considerably widened under the powers of an Act of Parliament obtained by the Corporation, and the low-roofed and antiquated buildings, which stood in an in-and-out sort of fashion along each side of this ancient highway, have, with few exceptions, disappeared; substantial erections of stone, more or less ornamental in character have taken their place, and Deansgate can now fairly claim to rank as one of the handsomest streets in the kingdom."
Text by James Croston from his book.