Queen Victoria’s Statue
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Sitting proudly in the middle of Piccadilly Gardens is an impressive statue of the UK’s longest serving Monarch, Queen Victoria. The statue was created by sculpton Edward Onslow Ford, and features an inscription reading “Erected by the citizens of Manchester in 1901 to commemorate the completion in 1897 of the sixtieth year of her reign. Let me but bear your love, I’ll bear your cares”.
Alan Turing Memorial
The Alan Turing Memorial is a key feature in Manchester’s history, situated in Sackville Park near Piccadilly. Turing was a pioneer of modern computing, and has since become a gay icon after it was believed he committed suicide in 1954 following a conviction for gross indecency (homosexual acts). The statue was unveiled in 2001 and depicts him sitting on a bench holding an apple, with a plaque reading: “Father of computer science, mathematician, logician, wartime codebreaker, victim of prejudice”.
Greater Manchester Police Museum
Greater Manchester Police Museum is a Grade II listed building, formerly a police station converted into a museum, based in the Northern Quarter just a short walk away from Piccadilly. The museum serves as a reminder of Victorian policing and archives the interesting history of policing in Greater Manchester, with both official and personal records.