SJ8397 : The missing alderman

taken 4 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

The missing alderman
The missing alderman
High on the walls of Manchester Central Library is this empty niche, matched by another on the other side of the portico.

The blank plaque shows that this little plinth has never been occupied.

Who was this intended for? What Noble local worthy of the 19th century fell from grace during the building? I wonder if this could be as useful as the empty plinth in London, where transient works of art are displayed.
Manchester Central Library

Manchester Central Library, which is the second-biggest public lending library in Britain (after Birmingham's), is a circular building, south of the extended Town Hall. The library was constructed between 1930 and 1934 but, because of its traditional neoclassical design, many people mistakenly believe that it is much older. The form of the building, a columned portico attached to a rotunda domed structure, is loosely derived from the Pantheon, Rome

The building, which was first opened by King George V on 17 July 1934, is a Grade II* listed building (English Heritage ID:457312 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings). It re-opened in March 2014, after a four-year project to renovate and modernise its facilities (LinkExternal link The Guardian)

LinkExternal link Inside Central Library (Manchester City Council)

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Thursday, 26 October, 2017   (more nearby)
Saturday, 28 October, 2017
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Lowlands  Public buildings and spaces  City, Town centre 
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