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Saturday, April 2, 2011

St Ann's Square Manchester

Located between King Street and Deansgate, St Ann's Square gets its name from St Anne's Church in one corner of the square.

St Anne's Church dates from 1712 and a new tree-lined square was laid out around the church in the fashion of popular squares in London and Bath at the time.

The pedestrianised square plays host to a variety of popular open-air markets and the Manchester German Christmas Market.

The two bronze statues in the square are of Richard Cobden (usually with a pigeon on his head), the 19th century social activist and the other is a memorial to the Boer War.

St Ann's Arcade has a number of up-market stores and the square itself has branches of Habitat & Aquascutum.

A Blue Plaque in the square is dedicated to the scientist William Henry M.D FRCS (1774-1836) who was born at number 19. Henry's Law of solubility in water (1802) is commemorated on the plaque.

St Ann's Square is near The Royal Exchange Theatre, the Arndale Center, Urbis, the Wheel of Manchester and Manchester Cathedral in central Manchester.

St Ann's Church
St Ann Street
M2 7LF
Tel: 0161 834 1161

Victoria is the nearest station. There is a large multi-storey car park next door to the Arndale Centre with 1450 spaces.

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