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Statues, Signs & Symbols

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Manchester is a left-wing city. Everybody knows that. So why are there more statues of Tories than socialists on the city streets?

Yes, why is Wellington, early 19th century prime minister, featured on Piccadilly when he was too frightened to enter the city at the opening ceremony of the world’s first railway station in 1830?

We will stop by the Iron Duke, Queen Victoria, Robert Peel, James Watt around Piccadilly and on Albert Square John Bright, Gladstone and of course Albert to explain their relevance to the city’s history.

In between we will look at the less obvious, more subtle symbolism that can be found on the Manchester’s key buildings.

Wellington statue