SJ8498 : Queen Victoria

taken 8 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

This is 1 of 2 images, with title Queen Victoria in this square
Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
The huge, Grade II listed Queen Victoria monument on the northern edge of Piccadilly Gardens, It was created by sculptor Onslow Ford (LinkExternal link ) in 1901.
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
Wednesday, 6 February, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 10 February, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  City, Town centre  People, Events 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 84331 98302 [1m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8722N 2:14.2546W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8433 9831
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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