Peaky blunder as site named city’s highest
A picturesque spot previously described by Manchester council as the highest point in the city has been found to be 260cm (8ft 6in) lower than a nearby hill.
The Temple in Heaton Park was built in the 19th century and provides panoramic views of the city. A sign reads: “The Temple stands at the highest point in the City of Manchester.” But the independent surveyors John Barnard and Graham Jackson found that the tallest point was 500 metres away in a wooded area.
Manchester council insisted the Temple remained “the highest and most significant viewing platform in Manchester”, but said it would update the sign to reflect the fact that it was not technically the highest point in the city.