St. Peter’s Square Manchester
St. Peter’s Square is situated in Manchester’s civic quarter. The square is bound by Midland Hotel, Manchester Town Hall, and Manchester Central Library to the west and Princess Street to the north. It hosts the Manchester Cenotaph, the Metrolink tram stop, and the Emmeline Pankhurst statue.
A History of St. Peter’s Square
Before the 1788 building of St Peter’s Church, the area where St. Peter’s Square now lies, was home to only fields. This area received notoriety in 1891 when Henry Hunt addressed a crowd of 60,000 people, a meeting that led to the Peterloo Massacre, where 700 people were injured and eighteen killed.
The square was created in 1907 after the demolition of the church. It became dominated by large buildings, starting with the Midland Hotel and the YMCA located along Peter Street. The extension of Town Hall and the construction of other buildings came in the following years.
Between 2010 and 2017, St. Peter’s Square underwent considerable redevelopment, which consisted of the restoration of the library and its walk link. Other improvements included the creation of an extended tram stop and the completion of two office blocks.
Today, the square is home to several attractions, including Albert Square and the Manchester Art Gallery.