Places & People

Ivan 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


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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