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Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens was from 1755 the site of the Manchester Royal Infirmary though the street it stood on was then called Lever's Row: this continued south-east as Piccadilly.

The site was donated by the Lord of the Manor and had previously been called the Daub Holes: these pits had filled with water and they were replaced by a fine ornamental pond.

The infirmary occupied the site at Piccadilly from 1755 to 1910 (when it moved to its current site on Oxford Road); the lowered area (as before 2000) of the gardens arose from the hospital's basement. Next to the Infirmary was the Lunatic Asylum which was in the year 1849 removed to Cheadle, Cheshire.

In 1914 the infirmary had been fully removed from the site, and after several years in which the City Council tried to decide how to develop the site, it ended up being left and made into the largest open green space in the city centre.

in 2001 - 2002 The gardens were renovated. At a contract cost of around 10 million Piccadilly Gardens renovation was shortlisted in 2003 for the Better Public Building Award. Part of the area was built on.

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Map of Manchester showing the location of Piccadilly Gardens at Latitude 53.480988 / Longitude -2.236753.
We have visited Manchester on a number of occasions to produce this tour, this page was created on Wed, 4 Apr 2012 15:24:31 +0100.


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