SJ8498 : Monument to Robert Peel

taken 11 months ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Monument to Robert Peel
Monument to Robert Peel
This bronze sculpture on a granite pedetsal is by William Calder Marshall. Peel is shown larger than life (7.6 metres high) scroll in hand, making a speech. Below him are two allegorical female figures.

The left figure SJ8498 : Peel statue: left side figure represents Manchester Trade, Commerce and Agriculture and wears a mural crown. In one of her hands she holds a spindle; the other rests on a bale of cotton. A sheaf of corn lies at her feet. Resting on the sheaf is a shield displaying Manchester's coat of arms, with the sailing ship representing trade.

The right figure SJ8498 : Peel statue: right side figure represents Art, Learning, Science and Industry. She holds a wreath, probably symbolising peace, in one hand, and a book in the other. Her accoutrements are (on the left) an artist's palette and a sculptor's mallet, and (on the right) a cogged wheel and a scientist's retort. On the book are inscribed the words, "ARS ET SCIENTIA."

Unveiled in 1853, it was the first monument to be installed in Piccadilly Gardens, originally in front of the Manchester Royal Infirmary (demolished in 1909).

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Sir Robert Peel
Sir Robert Peel (5 February 1788 Ė 2 July 1850) was born in Bury, Lancashire. He was twice the Prime Minister and also the Home Secretary. When Home Secretary, he helped create the modern concept of the police force, leading to officers being known as "bobbies" (in England) and "Peelers" (in Ireland) to this day.
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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
Monday, 17 April, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 26 September, 2017
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City, Town centre 
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William Calder Marshall  Robert Peel 
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1853  1909 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8436 9830 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8711N 2:14.2283W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8436 9831
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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