There was so many Police and Security walking and driving around the city centre. We've never seen anything like it and Sheila has worked in the city centre all her life.
Generally people were keeping apart and I guess it was 50/50 people wearing face masks. It was fairly obvious that most BAME folk wore masks, while white locals didn't. There was exceptions to both.
I have purposely kept the text to a minimum and let the photo's tell the story of our trip.
The coat of arms located above the entrance to Chethams Music school. Founded 1655.
The building also houses the oldest free public reference library in the UK. It has been in continuous use since 1563. I have never been in. But I need to put that right.
The Mitre at the Mitre Public House and Hotel.
Built in 1815 as The Old Church Tavern. It changed its name and gained the Mitre in or around 1867. I wondered what was in the space prior to the mitre.?
The Old Wellington Inn built in 1552 (right), Manchester's only remaining city centre Tudor building. Sinclairs Oyster bar (centre), The Mitre (left).
The Wellington and Sinclairs were demolished and rebuilt 300 metres from their original position. They were re-built at 90 degrees to each other to form a square with the Mitre in 1999. A modern corner section was added.
"The last shot". Boer war memorial in St Ann's square.
The cotton boll (Bud) fountain in St Anns square.
Opened by Tony Blair in 1996 to commemorate Manchester's long standing with the cotton industry and also the area becoming pedestrianised. Its designer was Peter Randall-Page. The bud is sandstone and the base, granite.
Statue of Richard Cobden. 1804 - 1865.
Manufacturer, radical and liberal statesman. Founder of the Anti corn law league with John Bright. Manchesters first Alderman.
Plaque outside St Ann's church.
St Ann's association with The Jacobite Rebellion.
Represents the problem in Manchester of the homeless. Installed in Manchester after Westminster City council refused planning to site it near the Houses of Parliament. Sculptured by Timothy Schmalz
Coat of arms of Benjamin Heywood's family who had their bank in St Ann's square.
Built in 1848 by John Edgar Gregan.
Heywood's Bank now RBS.
Played one of his last gigs in Manchester, 1848. He was ill when he played here. He died in 1849. This commemorated the fight for freedom of the Polish people.
Outside Manchester Science and Industry Museum.
A Crossley 2 cylinder engine designed to run on wood gas. Converted later to diesel and was working until 1970. Its a type SE220.
A blue post box?
This post box was brought into service painted blue and it used to have an oval steel plate on its lid saying AIR MAIL. It was to do with letters being sent to armed service personnel before and during WW2. It's still in use today but for normal post.
The founder was McDowell Stevens and co, London and Glasgow. Most of these boxes were manufactured when the company foundry was at Laurieston Ironworks around 1912.
Signage of what the box would have had years ago. (photo from Wiki)
Something we need more of in todays climate of numpties trying to rule.
This pub has a long history. Built between 1806 and 1811 depending on what you read.
Murals inside commemorate the Peterloo massacre along with its 1930 style decor. It's name goes back to its days of being the venue for army recruitment.
One of many gymnast sculptures called "Up there". On First Street Avenue. Created by Colin Spofforth.
This sad building was Medlock Mill, a cotton mill, built on the river of the same name in 1801.
It was bought by the Percy Brothers around the turn of the 20th century and turned into a printing press works. Now completely derelict and will probably become apartments soon.
If you want to look inside click on this HERE.
Now a hotel.
The chimney of Bloom Street power station taken from Whitworth street.
It used to be known as Winser street power station. It was built canal side (Rochdale Canal) so that narrow boats could be offloaded and coal put directly into bunkers.
It used 4 off 1800Kw vertical engines from Musgraves and ran Westinghouse generators. It provided heating as well as power for the area.
Canal side view.
Alan Turing, Mathematician, Computor scientist, Broke the German Enigma Code during WW2.
Vimto. Something I drink every day. Made here on Granby Row in 1908 by J.N. Nichols.
Signifies Archimedes at the point that he discovered the law of buoyancy while in his bath.
The tower of the old fire station on London Road. 1906.
The station is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment, as a place to work, rest and play.
Glad to see that the original frontage of Picadilly Station has been kept.
Statue of the great Duke of Wellington.
Raised by the people of Manchester 1852 by Matthew Noble. It was unveiled in 1856. Surrounded by four allegorical figures and four relief scenes from his life. (below)
The Great British Queen. Victoria.
Seated and robed, she sits with St. George and the dragon on the plinth above. Sculpted by Onslow Ford.
James Watt by William Theed. C1850.
Watt was a Scottish Inventor, Engineer and chemist. Best known for his work surrounding the Industrial Revolution. Especially the steam engine.
Sir Robert Peel
By William Calder Marshall. Peel founded the modern Police Force. Prime Minister and brought about laws to stop women and children from working underground. Erected by public subscription.
The infamous Piccadilly wall.
The sooner this monstrosity gets taken down the better. It's an eyesore.
The contract to make these boxes was given to W.T. Allen and Co. London Founders. The name is just visible at the bottom of the box. However, the boxes were actually made by a sub contractor James Maude and Co of Mansfield who was originally a farming machinery founder, and worked for W.T.Allen. Maudes foundry was working up until 2004.
This is a rare subscription library designed by Thomas Harrison and built between 1802 and 1806. Notable members include, John Dalton, Sir Robert Peel and Eric Cantona.
I just loved the name of this restaurant. It's not meat free either.
Inside The Arndale Centre.
Facade of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Station.