SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens

taken 21 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

This is 1 of 67 images, with title Piccadilly Gardens in this square
Piccadilly Gardens
Piccadilly Gardens
A peaceful oasis of greenery in the centre of Manchester viewed from the tram stop. Alas no longer there.
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
2000   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 31 December, 2008
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Gardens > Gardens   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 843 982 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8334N 2:14.2462W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 843 982
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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