SJ8498 : Sunny summer Saturday in Piccadilly Gardens

taken 3 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Sunny summer Saturday in Piccadilly Gardens
Sunny summer Saturday in Piccadilly Gardens
On a sunny Saturday in summer people are sitting on the grass in Piccadilly Gardens. Some are listening to the musicians SJ8498 : Musicians and the Wall playing by the "Piccadilly Wall" and the Tree of Remembrance SJ8498 : The Tree of Remembrance.
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
Saturday, 6 August, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 11 August, 2016
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  City, Town centre  People, Events 
Place (from Tags)
Piccadilly Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8431 9829 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8657N 2:14.2735W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8433 9827
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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