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The Town Hall, Principal Corridor

The Town Hall, Principal Corridor

Photographer: Pollitt, J

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1878

Shelfmark: 10352.I.2

Item number: 4

Length: 13.5

Width: 15.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of "the lofty stone groined roof" of the Albert Square corridor which extends the entire length of the west front of the New Town Hall in Manchester.

In his book 'Manchester As It Is' James Croston informs us that the building was designed by Mr. Alfred Waterhouse and that "the foundation stone was laid on 26th October, 1868, by Mr. Robert Neill, the then Mayor...The style of architecture is Gothic, presenting many of the characteristics of the Early English period, or late thirteenth-century work, but so freely treated as to be rather an adaptation of the medieval to the requirements of the present age...The ground floor, to which there are four public entrances, is occupied by the offices of the City Treasurer, the Consolidated Stock, Police, Gas, Water, Hackney-coach, Nuisance, Markets, Highways, Building, Sanitary and Health departments, also the offices of the local Court of Record."

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