From Portland Street, after I left Manchester’s Chinatown, I turned into Oxford Street, which changed its name into Peter Street as I entered St Peter’s Square. A tall building ahead of me – it looked a bit like a church or similar institution – had passageways either side, one of which is in the photo above. I may be wrong, but if it wasn’t a religious building it seemed to house civic offices such as a Police Station. It’s probably a Town Hall extension.
The impressive circular building pictured above is the Manchester Central Library and Visitor Information Centre. The tall building that I mentioned is the one next to it – separated by a pedestrian short-cut to Mount Street.
The interesting statue above is named, on its plate, as ‘Adrift’ by an Irish born sculptor, Jon Cassidy. The statue is dated 1907. ‘Humanity adrift on the sea of life, depicting sorrows and dangers, hopes and fears,’ is a part of a quote by the sculptor.
The image above is of the tall building that I mentioned earlier. Bottom left, you can see the passageway I included at the beginning of this post. Looking at the statue in a recess near the top of the building- and at the intricate sculpted patterns incised into the stonework, you may be able to see why I initially saw it as a place of faith,
As I was wandering round, just scouting for photographic opportunities, I spied the delightful gates above and waited for a gap in pedestrian traffic to take this shot.
Around the other side of the tall building was another passageway, similar to the first one that I included at the head of today’s post, but you may see, if you look carefully, that this one opens to the right and the first office, to the left of the passage above, is a police office.
I couldn’t believe it when, a short distance away I came across the above third – more beautifully contrived passageway. It seemed to lead to a Chinese restaurant.
I’d like to have included, with today’s Blog, some shots of Manchester’s lovely Town Hall in Albert Square and the Albert memorial. Unfortunately, the Town Hall was totally shrouded in white for some refurbishment work.
The monument in the Featured Photo is of St Peter’s Church cross, whose inscription, I understand reads, ‘This cross erected AD 1908 records the place where the church of Saint Peter Stood from AD 1794 to 1907′
EXIF Data were: I used my Fujifilm X-T4, 26 MP, cropped-sensor, mirrorless camera paired with a Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens,. Shutter speed was 1/500 secs @ f/4 and 14 mm. ISO was 160.