SJ8498 : Watching the buskers in Piccadilly Gardens

taken 3 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Watching the buskers in Piccadilly Gardens
Watching the buskers in Piccadilly Gardens
Buskers in Manchester do not need a licence to perform but do need to adhere a strict code of conduct LinkExternal link which means they must not (amongst other things) set-up within 50 metres of another busker/performer nor be present for more than 90 minutes in any one location (including breaks) and not return to the same location within the same 24 hours. So there is always something different for passers-by to enjoy (or ignore).
Piccadilly Gardens
An open space in the centre of Manchester, Piccadilly Gardens is surrounded by shops, offices and hotels. It is also an important transport interchange, with both bus and Metrolink stops.
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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, 7 September, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 13 September, 2016
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Piccadilly Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8429 9831 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8764N 2:14.2917W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8428 9830
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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