Places & People

Ivan Levinstein

Levinstein

One hundred years ago this month, the death was announced of Sir Ivan Levinstein at his home in Hale at the age of seventy one.Born in Charlottenburg, a suburb of Berlin, he had been in Manchester for over fifty years and would leave behind a legacy in the North East of Manchester, establishing the village of Blackley as the centre of the UK aniline dyeing industry. About Manchester takes a look at his career and life. The young Ivan had…

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St Ann’s Square

st-annes-square

Acres Field on which St Ann’s Square stands had been the site of Manchester’s annual fair since its begins in the thirteenth century. A report of an old man written in 1781 remembered the square as being a cornfield. The corn was cut in the autumn in this rural environment between a row of rural houses that marked Deansgate and a few taverns at the Market Place at the end of Market Street. The harvest marked the beginning of St…

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