Manchester Town Hall

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Manchester Town Hall is a Victorian, Neo-gothic municipal building in Manchester, England. It is the ceremonial headquarters of Manchester City Council and houses a number of local government departments. The building faces Albert Square to the north and St Peter's Square to the south, with Manchester Cenotaph facing its southern entrance. Designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse, the town hall was completed in 1877. The building contains offices and grand ceremonial rooms such as the Great Hall which is decorated with Ford Madox Brown's imposing Manchester Murals illustrating the history of the city. The entrance and Sculpture Hall contain busts and statues of influential figures including Dalton, Joule and Barbirolli. The exterior is dominated by the clock tower which rises to 280 feet (85 m) and houses Great Abel, the clock bell. In 1938, a detached Town Hall Extension was completed and is connected by two covered bridges over Lloyd Street. The town hall was designated as a Grade I listed building on 25 February 1952.

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Commemorated on 1 plaque

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This plaque commemorates the visit of the Iwakura Ambassadors' Mission from Japan, which was received by the Lord Mayor in the original Manchester Town Hall which stood on this site. The 40-member Japanese delegation came to Manchester and the North West to learn from its civic, industrial and commercial success. On leaving Manchester in October 1872 Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary Iwakura stated: "We have found friendship at every turn and hope that you may one day visit Japan so that we may return your kindness and hospitality."

Lloyds Bank, Cheapside, Manchester, United Kingdom where it sited