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Manchester Zoological Gardens 6245

Brief Description

Manchester Zoological Gardens were sited between Broom Lane and Northumberland Street. The site was landscaped and included a 'Grand Menagerie' and a lake. There was also a maze and an archery ground and a system of promenade walks on the site. The site is now lost.


The gardens were opened in 1838 on land rented by a company of local business men from the Clowes estate. The venture was a financial loss and was closed in 1842 and the animals were sold. Some were said to have been purchased by John Jennison, who was starting the Belle Vue Zoo on the other side of Manchester and some were bought for London Zoo and Hampton Court.



  • Victorian (1837-1901)



  • Lancashire Gardens Trust

  • Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit