SJ8395 : Grand steps and promenade at Alexandra Park

taken 4 years ago, near to Rusholme, Manchester, Great Britain

Grand steps and promenade at Alexandra Park
Grand steps and promenade at Alexandra Park
Alexandra Park is one of Manchesterís earliest and most intact Victorian Parks. In 1995 the park was listed Grade 2 on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens.

The 60-acre site for the Park was bought by Manchester Corporation and laid out between 1868 and 1870. The design was the subject of an architectural competition which was won by Alexander Gordon Hennell of Chancery Lane, London.

Hennellís winning design was ahead of its time, integrating the provision of traditional ornamental features and sporting facilities, something we take for granted in parks today.

The design exploited the flat and featureless site by creating a series of broad sweeping and curved footpaths, perfect for the Victorian fashion of promenading, whilst defining the oval activity areas.

In 2014 the park was sympathetically restored, reinstating and repairing the original features and adapting facilities to meet the demands of a modern park.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 23 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 26 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens 
Primary Subject of Photo
Park 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8355 9521 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:27.2032N 2:14.9509W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8363 9513
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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