SJ8398 : Manchester Albert Square and Town Hall

taken 1 year ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Manchester Albert Square and Town Hall
Manchester Albert Square and Town Hall
Looking towards Albert Square from Southmill Street. The square is dominated by Manchester’s stunning Neo-Gothic building, completed in 1877. It is a Grade I listed building (Historic England List entry Number: 1207469 LinkExternal link ) and the Town Hall Extension, completed in 1938, is Grade II listed.

Albert Square is regularly used for gatherings of people (festivals, Christmas Markets etc). Comparing this photograph with SJ8398 : Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, which was taken in 2010, we can see some of the extra security measures that have been installed in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in London, Nice and other cities where vehicles have been driven into crowds of people. Large concrete blocks now surround the edge of the square and metal “gates” have been erected which can be fitted with metal detectors to check entrants for knives.
Manchester, Albert Square
The creation of Albert Square arose out of a project by Manchester Corporation's Monuments Committee to erect a memorial to Prince Albert who had died of typhoid in 1861. The area in which the square is situated was once derelict land and an area of dense housing near the Town Yard and the River Tib. The square, named after the Prince Consort, was laid out to provide a space for this memorial (SJ8398 : Manchester, Albert Memorial) in 1863–67. Work on the town hall, which now dominates the square, began in 1868 and was completed in 1877.

The centre of Albert Square was originally laid out in the form of a traffic circle and a group of bus stops occupied the western part. In 1987 the square was redesigned and the eastern side in front of the town hall was pedestrianised. The square was laid with fan-shaped granite setts, York stone paving and 'heritage'-style cast-iron street furniture.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 21 February, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 26 February, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Public buildings and spaces  City, Town centre 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 838 980 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.7515N 2:14.7068W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 837 980
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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