Piccadilly Gardens :: Shared Description

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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SJ8498 : Demolition of the Piccadilly Wall by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens, Monument to Sir Robert Peel by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens, Parker Street by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Through the Arch at Christmas by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Monument to Robert Peel by Gerald England
SJ8498 : Illuminated Tree, Piccadilly Gardens by David Dixon
SJ8498 : The Tree of Remembrance by Gerald England
SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens (1976) by David Dixon
SJ8498 : The fountains are playing again by Gerald England
SJ8498 : Family Funfair, Piccadilly Gardens, by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens Fountains by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens by Gerald England
SJ8498 : Between Tramlines by Gerald England
SJ8498 : Tree of Remembrance by Gerald England
SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens by Gerald England
SJ8498 : Carousel and Christmas Illuminations, Piccadilly Gardens by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens (1979) by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens Pan Pipes by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Debenhams and Starbucks by Gerald England
SJ8498 : Christmas Fair at Piccadilly Gardens by David Dixon
SJ8498 : The Fountains at Piccadilly Gardens by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Demolition of the Piccadilly Wall by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens during lockdown by Gerald England
SJ8498 : Piccadilly Gardens by Gerald England

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Created: Sun, 10 Feb 2013, Updated: Sun, 10 Feb 2013

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