|29 May 2009, 8:20 pm|
|29 May 2009, 8:17 pm|
|29 May 2009, 9:20 am|
This morning I have chosen to work from a bench in Bank Park, Warrington. It is a nice day for it…
|27 May 2009, 7:53 pm|
The Baedeker guide recommends first visiting the “pavement in front of the now vacant site of the old infirmary (founded 1753)”. At the time of writing in 1910, the building had recently been demolished, however statues of the Duke of Wellington (c.1856), surrounded by Dalton (c.1855), Watt (c.1857) & Peel (c.1853) were the attractions. The statue of Dalton was removed during the 1960s, to be replaced with an electricity sub-station. All remaining statues have been repositioned since the time of the book in 1910 but are still in existance. The book fails to mention the statue of Queen Victoria (c.1901) however. The historic photo is dated 1920 and shows a new structure built on the site of the old infirmary.
|17 May 2009, 8:11 pm|
Upon arrival in Manchester at London Road Railway Station, the Baedeker guide recommends heading north, walking up Piccadilly to point of interest number 1.
The starting point today is unrecognisable to that of 99 years ago. The main station building and the adjacent goods depot such a prominent feature to the Edwardian traveller have long gone. The name of the railway station has now also changed to become Manchester Piccadilly.