The Old Town Hall - King Street Manchester

The Town Hall in Albert Square, designed by Alfred Waterhouse, is an iconic image for the city but it wasn't Manchester's first Town Hall.  In its early days the administration of the city was actually conducted from the Police Office on King Street but in 1822 work began on the construction of a dedicated Town Hall building on the corner of King Street and Cross Street.  It was designed by Francis Goodwin in a Grecian Style with a colonnaded facade.

The map extract above is from the Adshead maps of 1851 and shown here with the permission of Chetham's Library.

As the city boomed the size of the city's admistration soon outgrew the building and in 1877 they moved into Waterhouse's masterpiece.  The old town hall became a library but eventually it was demolished.  The manchester architect Edgar Wood was among those who campaigned to save the facade of the building and it was dismantled and reassembled as a "folly" in Heaton Park, where it can be seen today.


Below is a very atmospheric view of the colonnade beside the boating lake at Heaton Park.  It probably dates from the 1930s.  The image is shown with the generous permission of Jenny Scott from Adelaide, Australia