SJ8398 : Manchester Christmas Markets, Albert Square

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Manchester Christmas Markets, Albert Square
Manchester Christmas Markets, Albert Square
Probably the largest (certainly the most crowded) section of the Manchester Christmas Markets is in Albert Square; in front of the Grade I listed, Victorian Town Hall complete with inflatable Father Christmas. This view is from Cross Street.

The Christmas markets first arrived in Manchester in 1998, when the council of Frankfurt hosted a small traditional German market of just 17 stalls in St Annís Square.

Now an annual event, the 2011 Christmas Market has an array of over 200 stalls spread across Albert Square, Brazenose Street, King Street, St Ann's Square, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Square and Piccadilly operating from 17th November to 21st December.
Manchester, Albert Square
The creation of Albert Square arose out of a project by Manchester Corporation's Monuments Committee to erect a memorial to Prince Albert who had died of typhoid in 1861. The area in which the square is situated was once derelict land and an area of dense housing near the Town Yard and the River Tib. The square, named after the Prince Consort, was laid out to provide a space for this memorial (SJ8398 : Manchester, Albert Memorial) in 1863Ė67. Work on the town hall, which now dominates the square, began in 1868 and was completed in 1877.

The centre of Albert Square was originally laid out in the form of a traffic circle and a group of bus stops occupied the western part. In 1987 the square was redesigned and the eastern side in front of the town hall was pedestrianised. The square was laid with fan-shaped granite setts, York stone paving and 'heritage'-style cast-iron street furniture.
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Saturday, 26 November, 2011   (more nearby)
Monday, 28 November, 2011
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City, Town centre  Business, Retail, Services  Public buildings and spaces 
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Albert Square 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8384 9814 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.7839N 2:14.6980W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8382 9819
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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