Archaeologists working at a site in Manchester City Centre have found evidence of a 200-year-old pub.
The team found crockery containing the former pub owners name, keys, pots for quills and unopened bottles of alcohol.
Builders say they are 'stunned' to discover the pub, which dates back to the early 1800s when Manchester was still a modest market town.
Some of the items discovered will be put on show at the Museum of Science and Industry.
'We found pottery and bottle from the Astley Arms which actually has the name of the proprietor Thomas Evans, and the name of the pub written on it, so it must have been a commissioned piece for the pub."
"It’s brilliant because you can suddenly connect it to the local people in the area.
“It’s nice to be able to connect it directly to living people and their families.”
Plans are underway for a 13 storey skyscraper to be built on the site.
The development will create 135 apartments and shops just at the junction of Great Ancoats Street and Port Street.
Two men have been stabbed in Manchester city centre after a fight reportedly broke out between two groups of people on Deansgate.
One man, aged 29, remains in a critical condition in hospital where he is being treated for stab wounds to the stomach.
A second man, aged 26, is being treated in hospital for a serious stab wound to the arm.
Police were called to the scene near the John Rylands Library at around 4.30am. The groups fled before officers arrived at the scene.
Deansgate remains closed between John Dalton Street and Lloyd Street/Hardman Street whilst an investigation is carried out.
“Given the time and location, it is possible that there may have been a number of witnesses to what happened, perhaps going home after a night out, and I would urge them to please come forward and contact police.
“I am asking for anyone that was in this area around the time of the incident, to please call us if you saw either of these groups of men, or if you saw the altercation itself.”
Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 6075 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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Police investigating how a man ended up in the canal in the early hours of yesterday morning now believe no-one else was involved.
Police were called to the canal near Store Street and Great Ancoats Street yesterday following reports of a body.
Emergency services attended and found the body of a man, believed to be in his 30s.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death and now believe it is not suspicious.
A body has been found in a canal in Manchester city centre.
Police were called to the canal near Store Street and Great Ancoats Street this morning following reports of a body.
Officers attended and found the body of a man, believed to be in his 30s.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death has been launched and enquiries are ongoing.
A team of 'City Host' ambassadors are in Manchester city centre for the first time this week. They will be on hand to guide shoppers, visitors and retailers. Mel Barham went to meet them:
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