The Chetham Hospital And Library
Photographer: Brothers, Alfred
Medium: Photographic print
"Chetham's Hospital - the 'College' as it is commonly designated - is...a long, low-roofed, monastic-looking pile, with all the quaintness and picturesque irregularity of outline so characteristic of buildings of the medieval period...It stands upon the edge of a rocky bank, near the confluence of the Irk and the Irwell..." In his book 'Manchester As It Is' James Croston traces its associations with the Gresleys and the De la Warres, successive lords of Manchester, Dr Dee, the reputed magician, the Royalist Earl of Derby and Thomas Birch of Birch Hall. One of the first free libraries was established at Chetham and a "new school has lately been erected on the west side of the courtyard, and was opened on the 27th April, 1878. It is built from the designs of Mr. Alfred Waterhouse, and in its architectural details harmonizes with the older portions of the institution."