Going underground in Manchester

Ten haunting images showing the secret underground world beneath Manchester's streets
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You may not know it but there's a hidden landscape of tunnels, abandoned offices and canals right beneath your feet when you walk through Manchester, as these ten images from Keith Warrender reveal. You can find more in his books, 'Underground Manchester' and 'Below Manchester', both from Willow Publishing.

Underground Manchester
Keith Warrender

Victoria Arches, used as a WW2 air-raid shelter
Underground Manchester
Keith Warrender

Disused toilets in the Arches which were in use until the 1960s
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Underground Manchester
Keith Warrender

ARP Warden’s post, Victoria Arches
Underground Manchester
Keith Warrender

Stalactites, Victoria Arches
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Underground Manchester
Keith Warrender

Impressive arching beneath the old Central Station goods yard in the Manchester & Salford Junction Canal tunnel
Underground Manchester
Keith Warrender

Engine room in Guardian telephone exchange
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Underground Manchester
Keith Warrender

Former waggon hoist from Central Station goods yard into the canal tunnel
 
 
Underground Manchester
Keith Warrender

ARP warden’s post and first aid rooms, Manchester & Salford Junction Canal tunnel
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Underground Manchester
Keith Warrender

River Irk below Victoria Station
Underground Manchester
Keith Warrender

One of the connecting subways in the old Coop buildings near Corporation Street

Images of Manchester above ground

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17 retro photos of Manchester

Remember when Piccadilly Gardens had actual, er, gardens? Take a look at some of the highlights from Manchester Metropolitan University's archives and get nostalgic about how the city used to be.

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