The John Rylands library has an outstanding international repute both because of the exceptional architectural elements of the building and the collection of books. Built in the 1890s, it was opened to the public in the year 1900. The famous Deansgate building houses the special collections of both libraries. It is estimated to be the largest in the United Kingdom and the collection is complete with a Gutenberg Bible, an extensive collection of books from Aldine Press, Venice and even medieval illuminated manuscripts. Any avid reader or researcher would be all too glad to find a notable number of letters and papers belonging to many famous figures including the personal letters of John Dalton.
If you are an architectural enthusiast, you are sure to be awed by the architectural features of this iconic building. The ornate and striking gatehouse facing the Deansgate building is sure to inspire you with its ever present Arts and Crafts details. Constructed out of Cumbrian sandstone, this rectangular plan was built to resemble a church. It is believed that the material used, mainly stones, steel and brick were utilised to combat the chemically charged atmosphere of industrial Manchester.
You will also find a crypt in the building and under the embattled parapet there’s a three-bay entrance resembling a monastery gatehouse. Lacy blinds tracery decorates the detailed carvings of the building. This beautiful building and its interiors offer a perfect getaway even for the less studious; a walk down the hallowed corridors is sure set your mind at ease. The old reading room with its stained glass ornamentation offers the regular and the occasional visitor a fascinating exhibition on history.
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Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.