St Peter's Square Manchester
|Manchester Central Library
The iconic domed building on St Peter's Square is Manchester Central Library designed by Emanuel Vincent Harris and built in the 1930's. The building is so distinctive that it doesn't need to have a sign on the outside. The inside is equally impressive.
As you enter, walk up the marble staircase to your left past the statue of The Reader (see top photo). This marble statue was donated to the library by the chairman of the Manchester Ship Canal Company
At the top of the stairs is the historic reading room lit by a glass oculus.
|Historic reading room in the dome of Manchester Central Library
Back on the ground floor at the back of the library you will find the Archive and Special Collections Search Room.
|Archive area. Manchester Central Library
Back outside the library and to the left as you exit is Manchester Town Hall Extension, also designed by E. Vincent Harris. Beyond this is the cenotaph where the remembrance parade takes place in on Remembrance Sunday.
|Manchester Town Hall Extension and Cenotaph
|Walkway by Manchester Town Hall Extension
Just off St Peter's Square on Moseley Street is Manchester Art Gallery
|Manchester City Art Gallery
Back in St Peter's Square is a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst stood on a chair with arm outstretched.
|Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Our Emmeline
On you left as you face the library is the Midland Hotel. There's a plaque in the entrance area marking the first meeting on Henry Royce and Charles Rolls, the founders of Rolls Royce. The Midland Hotel used to serve the Manchester Central railway station, now a conference centre.
|Midland Hotel Manchester
Behind the Midland Hotel as you walk down Lower Moseley Street is the Peterloo Memorial This marks the 200th anniversary of the massacre and was unveiled in 2019.
|Peterloo Memorial Manchester
Manchester Central Convention Complex behind the memorial is used for conferences throughout the year and was recently used as a Nightingale Hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic
|Manchester Central Convention Complex