SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens

taken 4 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

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Piccadilly Gardens
Piccadilly Gardens

On sunny days the grass is a place to sit and relax. On the right is a relatively recent addition in the form of a children's play area. On the left is the statue of Queen Victoria but she has her back to the gardens and is facing what was originally Woolworths SJ8498 : Woolworth's, Manchester but is now a Travelodge with a Morrisons store beneath.
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.

Morrisons

Morrisons Supermarkets is the fourth largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom. With a market share of 11% it is the smallest of the "Big Four" supermarkets.
Founded in 1899 by William Morrison, it began as an egg and butter stall in Rawson Market, Bradford. Until 2004, Morrisons store locations were primarily focused in the north of England, but with the takeover of Safeway in that year, the company now has 455 superstores across the UK.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 4 May, 2017   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 7 October, 2017
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Business, Retail, Services  City, Town centre 
Statue (from Tags)
Queen Victoria 
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Woolworths 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 843 983 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8712N 2:14.2012W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 843 982
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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