An exhibiton of old maps of Manchester is on display at the John Rylands Library showing everything from the city’s early congestion concerns to the way that the water mains were laid down.
It includes excerpts from a 1793 topographic plan of the city and the first large scale survey of the city, published by William Green in 1794.
Several maps focus on the traffic in Manchester, including a study of the traffic flow around Greater Manchester in 1960.
It also highlights how congestion was an issue around the city in 1914, when a map was made detailing journey times into the city centre.
Alongside the maps, there are other documents in the exhibition, like a plan for a grain elevator and store from 1900.
This map shows the 1945 plan to make Manchester a modernist utopia along the lines of inner city Birmingham, with building on covered parts of the river Irwell and a wide boulevard between the Town Hall and Deansgate.
There is even the chance to see maps made many miles away from the city, including a Soviet military map which shows the city in 1:25,000 scale.
‘Mapping Manchester’ contains maps and documents from The University of Manchester, the Manchester City Library and Archives, Chetham’s Library and the Manchester Geographical Society and is at the John Ryland Library until Sunday 17 January 2010.
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