SJ8498 : Men at work in Piccadilly Gardens

taken 4 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Men at work in Piccadilly Gardens
Men at work in Piccadilly Gardens
In front of the back of Queen Victoria a JCB is helping to lay planks of wood around the fountain area. The Travelodge in the background was originally Woolworths SJ8498 : Woolworth's, Manchester.
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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Wednesday, 7 September, 2016   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 13 September, 2016
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City, Town centre 
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Piccadilly Gardens 
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Woolworths 
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Queen Victoria 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8437 9828 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8604N 2:14.2192W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8436 9827
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