SJ8498 : The Fountains at Piccadilly Gardens

taken 4 months ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

The Fountains at Piccadilly Gardens
The Fountains at 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
Wednesday, 28 February, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 5 March, 2018
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City, Town centre 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 843 982 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.8657N 2:14.2283W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 843 982
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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