SJ8398 : The Survivor

taken 8 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

The Survivor
The Survivor
This unremarkable-looking Victorian pillar box, built by Handysides of Derby, stands on Corporation Street, near to the bridge between Marks and Spencerís and the Arndale Centre. It achieved fame in the 1990s.

On Saturday 15th June 1996 a huge (1500kg) terrorist bomb, planted by the IRA, exploded causing devastation to Manchesterís commercial district. Twelve buildings, some of historic significance, received structural damage from the blast. Six of these had to be demolished subsequently. The press reporting the next day made much, however, of a red post box (an icon of Englishness) that came out of the blast completely unscathed even though it had stood only a matter of feet away from the van that had contained the bomb (claimed to be the largest to explode in a British city since the Second World War). A few days after the blast, a postman was allowed through the debris to retrieve the post from inside the box.

The post box was removed whilst the area was rebuilt but was returned to its original position in 1999 once redevelopment work was completed.

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Date Taken
Monday, 11 March, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 13 March, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  People, Events 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 83943 98560 [1m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.0106N 2:14.6061W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8393 9853
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Nineteenth Century  19th Century  Victorian  Postbox  Pillar Box  Manchester City Centre  IRA Bomb 

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