SJ8398 : Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (3)

taken 5 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (3)
Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (3)
A magnificent statement of Victorian civic pride and wealth. Of the great northern town halls of this age, Manchester is unsurpassed among Gothic buildings, and vies with Leeds's Classical (SE2933 : Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds) for the overall title. It was built to the designs of Alfred Waterhouse, 1868-77. Waterhouse landed a lot of plum commissions and never disappointed, although Pevsner remarked that "credit for this masterly work is owed to informed civic patronage as well as the architect." Its skyline is characteristically Victorian, spiky and exuberant, generously endowed with towers, spires and chimneys (SJ8398 : Detail of Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (1)). Decoration, sparingly used for such a monumental building, is largely confined to statuary (SJ8398 : Detail of Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (2)). Pevsner also notes that "polychromy ... was virtually eschewed from the exterior ... experience had shown Waterhouse that Manchester's buildings were soon soot-black." The building is faced in durable Spinkwell stone (ironically, from Yorkshire). It is triangular in plan with long elevations facing Albert Square (seen here), Princess Street (SJ8398 : Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (2)) and Lloyd Street. Grade I listed.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 16 May, 2012   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 12 October, 2013
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Public buildings and spaces 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8385 9809 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.7570N 2:14.6888W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8385 9814
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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