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Legend

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A compatriot drew my attention to this blogthingy:

https://chorltonhistory.blogspot.com/2022/04/when-picture-postcard-doesnt-reveal.html?fbclid=IwAR1J58zbMGWFFaDMF0Sgda0i6FX2sO9D1wMbRFhb2_v_sVuhybjtVscqfWk

As you'll see, the author believes that this could be the Tank Bank on a visit to Manchester in 1917. But there's another possible explanation.

Manchester Town Hall used to be on King Street in the city centre. The Council moved into a bigger, better building, facing on to Albert Square (there's a clue in the name) and the old one became a library until it was demolished in 1912. However, the facade, with its impressive colonnade, was rescued and re-erected in Heaton Park, about 6 miles north of the city centre. It's still there. This is what it looked like, and still does:

TownHallTank.jpg

There's a possibility that this is where the tank was photographed. It seems much more likely that that would make it a Presentation Tank rather than a Tank Bank.

I don't expect anyone to have a knowledge of The History of North Manchester, but maybe there's a list of where the Presentation Tanks were put and where the Tank Bank visited. I think the latter would have set up in Albert Square rather than 6 miles to the north in what would have been comparatively open country a century ago. And, incidentally, where my great-uncle trained before they shipped him off to France.

A curiosity is the soldier on the right of the card. He looks distinctly hand-drawn and superimposed, long before the Princess of Wales took up photography. I wonder if this was Mr. Heath's handiwork.

I could be wrong, and one fluted colonnade looks very much like another, but I think there are enough clues here to form the basis for an argument.

 

 



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Sorry, no. This photo was taken outside the Mansion House in London during the Lord Mayor's Parade on 11 November 1917. See https://lordmayorsshow.london/history/ww1.

Gwyn

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