Photographer: Brothers, Alfred
Medium: Photographic print
"Victoria Street, now one of the principal thoroughfares of the City, has undergone many changes of fortune. Formerly it was a narrow intricate passage, known as Smithy Door, leading from the Market-place to Cateaton-street and the steep incline, then designated Smith Bank. Forty years ago the street was widened, many of the old and picturesque half-timbered buildings, which had erst formed the abode of the more well-to-do inhabitants, were pulled down, and the name changed to that which it now bears. A covered market, for the sale of fruit and vegetables, was erected on the triangular plot of ground forming the western side, but this has within the last few years been given up by the Corporation, and the land sold to a Company, which is now erecting a stately pile of building with a covered area or arcade, to be used for shops and offices, and which when completed will include a spacious hotel."
Text by James Croston from his book 'Manchester As It Is'.