SJ8397 : Manchester Free Trade Hall (Radisson Edwardian Hotel)

taken 11 years ago, near to Manchester, England

Manchester Free Trade Hall (Radisson Edwardian Hotel)
Manchester Free Trade Hall (Radisson Edwardian Hotel)
The Peter Street frontage of the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, originally built as the Free Trade Hall.

The Free Trade Hall was a public hall constructed in 1853–6 to commemorate the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846. The hall was funded by public subscription and became a concert hall and home of the Hallé Orchestra in 1858.

The interior of the hall had to be rebuilt after bombing during the Manchester Blitz left it an empty shell; it re-opened in 1951. As well as housing the Hallé Orchestra, it was used for pop and rock concerts; it was Manchester's premier concert venue until the construction of the Bridgewater Hall in 1996.

When the Hallé Orchestra moved to the Bridgewater Hall in 1996, the Free Trade Hall was closed by Manchester City Council. In 1997, the building was sold to private developers and, despite much opposition because of its historical significance, planning approval was eventually granted to convert it to a hotel, retaining the original facade was, the main staircase and the 1950s statues that were formerly attached to its rear wall. The hotel opened in 2004.

The hall is designated as a Grade II* listed building (LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) National Heritage List for England )

A red plaque (SJ8397 : Peterloo Massacre Commemoration Plaque) on the wall records that it was built on St Peter's Fields, the site of the (in)famous Peterloo Massacre (LinkExternal link ) in 1819.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 14 October, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 14 October, 2012
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8369 9793 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.6704N 2:14.8329W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8366 9795
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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