June 2, 1970:
It may still look bustling and busy, but Trafford Park – Europe’s largest industrial estate – was already in decline when this photo was taken.
As the world’s first planned industrial estate, Trafford Park occupied an area of 4.7 square miles bounded by the Bridgewater Canal in the south and the Manchester Ship Canal to the north.
By 1903, more than 12,000 workers were employed in the park. The figure rose to 75,000 in 1945 when Rolls-Royce Merlin engines were being produced for Spitfires and Lancaster bombers.
June 2, 1992:
Future Manchester United and England footballer Phil Neville looks kitted out for the wrong sport posing for a press photo in his parents’ back garden.
In fact, the promising sportsman from Bury was also a talented cricketer, becoming the youngest person to play for Lancashire’s Second XI at the age of 15.
After choosing football as his career, Neville went on to make 263 league appearances for United from 1994 to 2005, scoring five goals. Capable of playing in defence or midfield, he also won 59 caps for England.
June 12, 1967:
It’s rare to spot a ship at the bottom of your garden, but ocean-going vessels were once an everyday sight on the Manchester Ship Canal.
Before containerisation demanded bigger ships that couldn’t navigate the canal’s locks, the Port of Manchester was handling a large percentage of the country’s imports of grain and cotton – reaching a peak in 1959.
Opened in January 1894, the port eventually closed in 1982.