SJ8498 : Piccadilly #19

taken 6 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Piccadilly #19
Piccadilly #19
The imposing five-storey building built of Portland Stone in 1928 on the corner of Oldham Street and Piccadilly was once the flagship Woolworth's store in Manchester SJ8498 : Woolworth's, Manchester. At the time it was the largest Woolworth's store in Europe.

On May 8th, 1979 a deadly fire started around 1pm. A damaged electrical wire in the vicinity of piled furniture started a blaze that resulted in 9 shoppers and one staff member being killed. So significant was the fire that it resulted in the routine installation of sprinkler systems, which Woolworth's didn't have, in large retail stores. It also led to changes in the material used in soft furnishings to reduce the hazards created when the stuffing was exposed to fire.

For many years it has been Noble's amusement arcade SJ8498 : Nobles Amusements but they have now been evicted and there are plans to develop the building into an hotel and shops.

In front are bus-stops for services towards Ashton under Lyne and Glossop.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 12 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 19 July, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Date (from Tags)
1979  1928 
Former (from Tags)
Woolworths  Amusement Arcade 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8440 9831 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8766N 2:14.1922W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8442 9828
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Other Tags
Portland Stone  Bus Stops 

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