albert square gargoyle manchester

Gargoyle on the Diamond Jubilee Fountain outside Manchester Town Hall.

Commissioned in the 60th year of Queen Victoria’s reign, the fountain also commemorates the supply of Manchester’s drinking water from Thirlmere in the Lake District, a feat of Victorian engineering. The fountain was subject to some criticism and in the 1920s was moved to Heaton Park where it remained until 1986 when it was returned to Albert Square.

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