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Manchester Bus Bees

Manchester Bus Bees

Having been documenting the Manchester Bee for a number of years now, it’s interesting to notice themes slowly develop. In this post, I’ll be looking at the uses of bee imagery by Manchester bus companies. The first example is the Bee Line Buzz Company,...
Co-Operative Society Beehives

Co-Operative Society Beehives

Similar to the Oddfellows Beehive, the following is not directly about the Manchester Bee but it’s interesting to look at similar iconography that developed from around the same time period. I’ve not been able to pinpoint exactly when it was adopted as a symbol, but...
Coat of Arms Bees – Manchester City Council

Coat of Arms Bees – Manchester City Council

Manchester City Council’s coat of arms were granted to the borough of Manchester in 1842. The arms were described thusly: Arms : Gules three Bendlets enhanced Or a Chief Argent thereon on Waves of the Sea a Ship under sail proper. Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours a...
Manchester Civic Week Bee Medal

Manchester Civic Week Bee Medal

In October 1926, Manchester held its inaugural Civic Week with the aim of stimulating industrial expansion of the city by attracting attention to the city’s manufacturing and distribution facilities. The week’s events began with a transport parade, featuring 350...
Coat of Arms Bees – University of Manchester

Coat of Arms Bees – University of Manchester

Dotted around University of Manchester’s Oxford Road and Sackville Street areas, you’ll see the university’s coat of arms decorating buildings both inside and out. It’s actually of recent origin, dating from 2004, when the Victoria University of Manchester...
The Boddington Bees

The Boddington Bees

Brewed in Manchester since 1778 and still remembered for the “Cream of Manchester” advertising campaigns of the 1990’s, Boddingtons has long been linked to the city. Strengthening than link, two bees were introduced to Boddingtons logo in 1900. Linking the brand to...