UPDATED: Manchester Town Hall Bees

UPDATED: Manchester Town Hall Bees

Home to its most ubiquitous and iconic design, Manchester Town Hall and the Manchester Bee are inseparably linked. Designed by Alfred Woodhouse and built between 1868 to 1877, the Hall features the bee both outside and inside the building. Standing outside the main...
Manchester Bee Street Art

Manchester Bee Street Art

The Manchester Bee is a regular feature of the street art and graffiti that adorns many of the surfaces across the city. The earliest example I’ve come across was a large scale graffiti wall sponsored by Adidas entitled “Away” which appeared in the Northern Quarter...
The Oddfellows Beehive

The Oddfellows Beehive

While the following is not directly about the Manchester Bee, the use of beehive imagery here in Manchester, dating back before the creation of the Manchester Bee is an area of interest requiring further study, as it could possibly be the original inspiration. As you...
The Street Sweeper Bees of Manchester Day Parade

The Street Sweeper Bees of Manchester Day Parade

As part of the Manchester Day Parade, two Mechanical Sweepers make annual appearances dressed up in the fuzzy finery of the Manchester Bee, sweeping up the detritus left in the parades wake. While the floats change every year, as far as I’m aware the sweepers have...
The Principal Manchester Clock Tower Bees

The Principal Manchester Clock Tower Bees

Standing 217 feet (66 metres) high, the clock tower of what is now The Principal Manchester was the tallest building in Manchester for many years. A famous landmark, with four clock faces visible across the city, and upon each clock face four bees in flight indicating...