New City Square named after first Englishman to fly

New Square named after ‘first Englishman to fly’

The first public square to be established in Manchester this century will be officially opened today (3 December) by Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council.


Sadler’s Yard, the new public space at the heart of NOMA, has been created between the iconic CIS Tower, New Century House and Hanover opposite Victoria Station.


The new realm opens up previously closed-off walkways through the city and is the first new public space to be opened in the centre since Exchange Square was reopened 19 years ago.


Named after, and inspired by James Sadler, a balloonist, chemist and pastry chef who made the first manned balloon flight from Manchester in 1785, it aims to celebrate the spirit of innovation that runs through Manchester’s history.


It’s a new city space with an old city feel, and we hope the people of Manchester enjoy spending time here.


Sadler’s Yard is also one of the first public spaces in Britain to be named through an online crowd-sourcing initiative after members of the public were invited to suggest names for the site via social media.


The opening kicks off a number of events at Sadler’s Yard, including The Grub Food Fair, which takes place on Saturday 5 December, 12-8pm.