SJ8498 : Debenhams and Starbucks

taken 7 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Debenhams and Starbucks
Debenhams and Starbucks
From the corner of Piccadilly Gardens looking towards Debenhams at the top of Market Street. Only the Starbucks coffee shop, still open but its front partially boarded up, shows any scars from the looting and rioting that had taken place a few days earlier.
Debenhams
Debenhams was founded in London in 1778 by Flint and Clark under the name 'Flint and Clark', there were a number of partner and name changes the store became 'Debenhams Limited' in 1905.

The large department store is best known for its clothing, cosmetics and home ware.

In 2009 Debenhams had over 153 stores in the UK, with more due to open.
Piccadilly Gardens
Piccadilly has been a focal point in the city of Manchester for generations. Prior to 1910, the site which later became Piccadilly Gardens was occupied by The Manchester Royal Infirmary. When the Infirmary was demolished, it was originally planned to build a new art gallery on the site but this plan didnít come to fruition and in the end a sunken garden was created with a wide promenade around the statues.

LinkExternal link shows the gardens as they were laid out after the Second World War, following heavy bombing. It was painted by LS Lowry in 1954. SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens (1979) is a photograph showing the gardens as they were in 1979.

However, in 2002, the Piccadilly Gardens area was redesigned resulting in the removal of the sunken garden to be replaced by a grassed area and the building of a charmless concrete wall dividing the new "Gardens" from the busy bus and tram interchange. To pay for this redevelopment, an office building was erected, using the south east corner of the gardens. There is a fountain which provides a pleasant gathering point in sunny weather (SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester) but the grassy area soon becomes muddy when it is wet.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 17 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 18 August, 2011
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8428 9838 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.9141N 2:14.3009W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8430 9833
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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