SJ8498 : Nobles Amusements

taken 7 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Nobles Amusements
Nobles Amusements
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 an amusement arcade but there are plans to evict Nobles and develop the building into an hotel and shops.

Update: July 2012 SJ8498 : Former Nobles arcade
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Date Taken
Thursday, 1 March, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 4 March, 2012
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Piccadilly Gardens 
Former (from Tags)
Date (from Tags)
1928  1979 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8438 9833 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8874N 2:14.2103W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8436 9833
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Amusement Arcade  City Centre  Portland Stone 

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