SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens (1979)

taken 41 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Piccadilly Gardens (1979)
Piccadilly Gardens (1979)
Looking across Piccadilly Gardens in the days when the area really was "gardens", complete with flower beds and seats. Compare this with the modern view which, being kind, could be described as "a green space"; a grassed area which is fine when dry, but can resemble a muddy swamp in wet weather.
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
Tuesday, 22 May, 1979   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 10 February, 2013
Geographical Context
Public buildings and spaces  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8437 9825 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8442N 2:14.2191W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8440 9822
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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