Jubilee Fountain

At the Cross Street end of Albert Square stands a fountain that was designed by Thomas Worthington, the architect of the Crown Court building on Minshull Street, and with sculptures by John Cassidy. The fountain was commissioned for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It was completed in time for the celebrations in 1897. The fountain was the centre of attention in 1894 when it was connected up to the water supply brought to Manchester by a Victorian engineering masterpiece, the Thirlmere Aquaduct. To celebrate the arrival of this water supply officials and the public gathered around the fountain and watched the first water gushing out.

Thirty years after it was placed in the square, it was moved to Heaton Park where over the following 70 years it fell into disrepair. After being restored, it was returned to the square once more in 1997.

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