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Filename: bl15845.jpg

Size: 3947 x 4835 (11.6MB)

Date: 14th October 2002

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

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John Rylands Library BL15845

JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY, Deansgate, Manchester. Interior, looking east from the gallery. The library was completed in 1899 to the designs of architect Basil Champneys, and was commissioned by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her late husband. The library is a fine example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. It later became part of the University of Manchester. Photographed by Bedford Lemere and Co. in 1900

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Gothic Victorian


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> Architecture > Interiors

> Architecture > Victorian Architecture

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > Bedford Lemere Collection (1860s-1944)

> Historic Images > Historic Images 1920s to 1940s

> Towns and Cities > Manchester

> The way we were > Leisure > Libraries

> The way we were > University life


EDITORS COMMENTS
John Rylands Library BL15845: A Glimpse into Manchester's Victorian Gothic Masterpiece Step into the enchanting world of the John Rylands Library, captured in this stunning photograph taken by H. Bedford Lemere in 1900. This iconic image offers a breathtaking view of the library's interior, looking east from the gallery. Completed in 1899, this architectural marvel was designed by Basil Champneys and commissioned by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her late husband, John Rylands. The library, located on Deansgate in Manchester, England, is a testament to the grandeur and intricacy of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. The dark, richly textured walls, vaulted ceilings, and ornate stone carvings transport us back in time to an era of opulence and refinement. The library's magnificent stained-glass windows, bathed in soft, ethereal light, add to the otherworldly atmosphere. As we gaze upon this image, we are reminded of the rich history and cultural significance of the John Rylands Library. This architectural masterpiece later became part of the University of Manchester, and today, it continues to inspire awe and admiration from scholars, visitors, and enthusiasts alike. The library's vast collection of rare books, manuscripts, and archives is a treasure trove of knowledge, attracting researchers from around the world. This photograph is not only a beautiful work of art but also a valuable historical document, capturing the essence of Manchester's architectural heritage and the enduring legacy of the John Rylands Library.

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