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Why the Humble Bee is a Symbol for Manchester

And where to spot it when out exploring the city…

During the 1800s, the north of England was abuzz with workers of all trades, and factories were popping up all over the place, providing the perfect backdrop to what would later be known as the Industrial Revolution.

Of course, most major cities in the north therefore have industrial roots, but none more than Manchester. The world’s first industrial city, it became home to dozens of textile mills which were branded, ‘hives of activity’ at the time with the workers being compared to bees for their productivity and exceptional work ethic. This notion of ‘hive’ and ‘hard work’ clearly stuck, and Manchester adopted the symbol of the bee as a symbol of the city in 1842.

But where can I find the bee?

You will find the symbol of the bee throughout the entire city. As mentioned previously, it resides in Manchester’s coat of arms and appears in numerous places around Greater Manchester, from famous landmarks and bridges to everyday buildings and bins. Etched into prominent walls and hidden crevices, graffiti artists have favoured the bee in lots of their work dotted around The Rainy City, so keep your eyes peeled when it comes to street art. Bees have also been etched onto public bins and trodden pavements, but don’t forget to also look up when out exploring. Upon the clock face of the Palace Hotel, you’ll find a furry friend, as well as on the mosaic floor of Manchester Town Hall. It really is everywhere you look.

Used more recently as a symbol of solidarity in the wake of a tragic terrorist attack, the symbol of the humble worker bee has come to mean so much more to Manchester. Plenty of residents have taken to tattoo parlours to have the city’s famous symbol inked into their skin as a sign of respect and to raise funds for the victims of the attack.

Reflective of the community spirit, strength and healthy work ethic of the city, the worker bee will remain a prominent symbol of Manchester and a reminder of its industrial roots for many years to come.

Although the worker bee is a symbol of Manchester, not everything needs to feel like hard work. If you are downsizing, upsizing, or looking for storage solutions in the city, get in touch with us here at Storage World today.


Secure Storage Solutions

Clean, safe and secure storage solution at an affordable price, highly recommend this place, very close to the heart of manchester, easy access in and out. Big thanks to Tricia and her team for sorting out my storage needs, very knowledgeable, professional and more importantly friendly.
Highly recommended.

Marcus Wong

A Quick and Easy Process

Quick and easy to reserve and simple sign up process when I arrived. I had under estimated my load size and needed more space which the guys on site quickly arranged for me. Very helpful and friendly staff. A recommended company

Alex Jones

Same Day Move In

Fantastic experience. Needed storage quickly and the staff were on hand to help get everything sorted as fast as possible – was in the same day. They even helped to make sure I got the right size unit so I didn’t over pay – they could have sold me a far bigger one but wanted to make sure I got the best deal and was happy – that doesn’t happen very often! Well Done!

Ed Green-Moore

Extremely Helpful Staff

Extremely helpful staff, talked me through everything, gave me a tour of the facility, the sign up process was very straight forward, and most important excellent value for money.

John O'neill

Trolleys and Good Lighting

Great storage with lots of trolleys and good lighting. Lots of parking bays so it is easy to park close to the storage unit entrance. A friendly and helpful team (Anthony and Nick) that get back to you quickly by email or phone.

Tanya Grenade

100% Recommended

100% recommend Storage World. The storage lockers are well priced, secure and very clean. The facility is well set up to make loading and unloading very straight forward. Jeni on the desk was so increddibly helpful and went out of her way to make sure we were well set up and happy. Thanks very much to all at Storage World and particularly Jeni!

Tom Daubney

Business Self Storage

Can’t praise the guys enough, Tricia initially found me a unit over year ago and patiently kept me up to date on availability as I was unable to move my business as quickly as I’d hoped. All the staff are friendly and helpful. A safe and clean place to work.

Joanne Beswick