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John Rylands Library BL15842

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Filename: bl15842.jpg

Size: 3927 x 4835 (9.3MB)

Date: 10th December 2015

Source: Historic England

Author: H Bedford Lemere

Source: NMR Photographi

Job Title: Photographer

© reproduced by permission of english heritage.nmr

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John Rylands Library BL15842

John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester. The front of John Rylands Library seen from Deansgate. When John Rylands died in 1888 his wife commissioned architect Basil Champneys to design a library which would house Rylands collection of theological books. The library, designed in the Gothic style, was built between 1890-1899. It later became part of the University of Manchester. Photographed in June or July 1900 by Harry Bedford Lemere

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph captures the grandeur of the iconic John Rylands Library, standing proudly on Deansgate in Manchester. The library, a magnificent testament to Gothic architecture, was commissioned by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands after her husband's passing in 1888. Tasked with preserving John Rylands' extensive collection of theological books, architect Basil Champneys embarked on designing this awe-inspiring structure. Built between 1890 and 1899, the library stands as a symbol of intellectual pursuit and scholarly excellence. Its intricate details and soaring spires evoke a sense of reverence for knowledge within its walls. This image transports us back to June or July of 1900 when photographer Harry Bedford Lemere expertly captured the library's imposing facade. Over time, this architectural gem became an integral part of the University of Manchester—a place where students could delve into centuries-old texts and immerse themselves in academia. Today, it continues to serve as both a repository for invaluable manuscripts and an enchanting destination for those seeking inspiration. H Bedford Lemere's skillful lens immortalizes this historic landmark against a backdrop devoid of modern distractions—allowing us to appreciate its timeless beauty even more profoundly. As we gaze upon this print from Historic England's archive, we are reminded that great works endure through generations; they stand tall amidst changing times while inspiring future scholars who will continue their quest for knowledge within these hallowed halls.

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