SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens

taken 3 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

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Piccadilly Gardens
Piccadilly Gardens
The central part of Piccadilly Gardens is currently closed for repairs to the fountains and so the pigeons are enjoying the green grass. In front of the concrete wall is the Tree of Remembrance SJ8498 : The Tree of Remembrance which was commissioned by Manchester City Council and created by "Wolfgang & Heron", in May 2005 in memory of the City's Civilian War Dead 1940-1945.

In the background is Primark in the former John Lewis store.
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
Thursday, 13 April, 2017   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 21 September, 2017
Geographical Context
Public buildings and spaces  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Piccadilly Gardens 
Date (from Tags)
2005 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 843 982 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8657N 2:14.2645W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 843 983
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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