Updated: Monday, 13th July 2020 @ 9:36pm

In pics: Manchester's iconic cenotaph receives finishing touches after St Peter's Square move

In pics: Manchester's iconic cenotaph receives finishing touches after St Peter's Square move

| By Stefan Mackley & Esther Jackson

Manchester’s iconic cenotaph is receiving its finishing touches after relocating to another part of St Peter’s Square.

The memorial was erected in 1924 to commemorate those who lost their lives in World War One.

And after being dismantled earlier this year it has moved from between the St Peter's Square Metrolink platform and Mosley Street to the opposite side of the square.

The landmark, which was designated a Grade II listed building in 1974, now sits opposite the Cooper Street entrance of the Town Hall.


FINISHING TOUCHES: The cenotaph was first erected in 1924

The 90-year-old monument was moved to make way for the city centre’s second tram line and had attracted opposition since the plans were approved in 2012.

However, veterans, church and heritage groups have supported the move with Manucians posting their views on social media.

The memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and made from Portland stone has undergone cleaning and restoration work since being dismantled.

The finishing touches are being applied to the cenotaph and will be ready for the annual Sunday Remembrance service in the autumn.


MEMORIAL MOVE: The Cenotaph in its new position

Images courtesy of Esther Jackson, with thanks