The Grammar School
Photographer: Brothers, Alfred
Medium: Photographic print
"The Manchester Grammar School holds front rank among the educational institutions of the county...It is not known with certainty when its founder first saw the light; but it must have been about the time when Guttenberg set up ...the printing press. With the exception of the school at Farnworth, established a few years before, it is the oldest public seminary in Lancashire. Previously, the only education the poor could obtain was in the monasteries...Hugh Oldham, the founder, is said to have been born at Crumpsall, on the northerly confines of Manchester...The school which Bishop Oldham established in 1515 was taken down in 1776, and the building now known as the Old School was erected in its stead. About the year 1836, an important addition was made to the school buildings by the erection of the 'English' school; and further accommodation has been obtained within the last few years by the erection of a spacious structure on the land lying between the 'Old' and the 'English' schools."
Text by James Croston from his book 'Manchester As It Is'.