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Britain By Car - A Motoring History


The industrial capital of the north of England; created by the early textile industry and at the centre the Industrial Revolution that followed.

Manchester’s Victorian past remains in strong evidence today; but is counterbalanced by the City’s modern reputation – particularly in arts, culture, science and technology.


A pioneering engineering company that produced a wide range of vehicles including both luxury and light cars, commercial and military vehicles, buses, and the experimental Streamline. 


Crossley (formerly known as Napier) Street, Gorton, Manchester, and later Gorton Lane, Manchester.

1906 - 1937

The Manchester Museum of Science and Technology

Tracing the development of science and industry in Manchester.

Manchester Museum of Science and Technology, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP.

1983 – present.

The Midland Hotel

The location of Charles Rolls & Henry Royce's historic meeting where they agreed to manufacture cars under the name of Rolls-Royce.  

The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS.

4th May 1904.