Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look now.
This week it’s the turn of Lower Mosley Street, looking toward the bus station which once occupied the site of the Bridgewater Hall.
Our main image, dating from 1948, shows people queuing outside the omnibus station. It was on the corner of Great Bridgewater Street opposite Central Station.
Opened in 1928, the station was used by long-distance coach operators including the North Western Road Car Company and Ribble Motor Services. It was closed in 1972 and demolished a year later with much of the site being used as a car park.
The Bridgewater Hall, the home of the Halle Orchestra, was built between 1993 and 1996 at a cost of £42 million. It sits on a bed of 280 isolation bearings to reduce external noise. The bearings consist of steel springs between concrete piers.
The hall, which hosts more than 250 concerts a year, was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on December 4th 1996.
Dominating the rear of the auditorium is a £1.2 million pipe organ, with 5,500 pipes, built by Marcussen and Sons. It was the largest instrument to be installed in the UK for a century.
In addition to concerts, the hall hosts numerous conferences and events.
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