Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Anomalies at Motor Street Square

Motor Street Square is unusual in two ways: it is a triangle rather than a square and Motor St does not exist any more on any Manchester street guides. Only a name plaque in the square, sorry- in the triangle, remains.

Papillon Graphics' Virtual Encyclopædia of Greater Manchester describes it as follows:
This triangular square is a popular lunchtime venue with local office workers, and has seen several different incarnations over recent years. At its best it was filled with pavement café seating and in fine weather seemed to represent everything that was the best of European café culture.

On the Bridge Street end it is overlooked by the Masonic Hall [see photo above], which was designed by Percy Scott Worthington in 1929. This Grade II Listed building is in Portland Stone and won the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal for Worthington in 1930.


  1. I can just see all the office workers pouring out of those buildings around the 'triangle' and sitting munching their sandwiches and salads here Chrissy, it's a nice spot!

  2. Great post Chrissy. Beautiful spot. It is funny how cities change and names and places disappear.

  3. A lovely summery shot. I've walked past the Masonic Hall so many times and never really looked at it properly before. But then, Manchester has so many great buildings.

  4. Feels like a kind of 'lung' for the city to breath with. Thank you for sharing. Please have a good Thursday.

  5. A triangular it!

    Regarding your "About this blog," if I were to see myself in any of your photos here I would certainly not complain, because that would mean that I had actually had the opportunity to visit the UK and Manchester. That would be a very good thing. :)


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