Peaky blun­der as site named city’s high­est

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Frances Per­raudin

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.

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