SJ8498 : Debenhams Manchester

taken 18 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Debenhams Manchester
Debenhams Manchester
Looking across from Piccadilly Gardens to Debenhams at the top of Market Street.
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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Monday, 17 March, 2003   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 6 December, 2008
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Department store   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 844 983 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8712N 2:14.1922W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 844 982
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