Circa early 20th century
When setting eyes on Deansgate's John Rylands Library for the first time, 'library' might not be the first word that comes to mind. This masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture looks more like a castle or cathedral.
When John Rylands died in 1888, he was one of Manchester's most successful industrialists with a personal fortune of £2.75 million. The library was commissioned in 1890 by his wife Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her late husband.
Opened in 1900 and built in Victorian Gothic revival style with elements of Arts and Crafts style, it would surely be a contender for the crown and sceptre for the World's Most Beautiful Library pageant (were such a contest to exist.)
The library's world class collection includes the oldest known piece of the New Testament Bible, known as the St. John Fragment. Other treasures of the vast, varied collection include magnificent illuminated medieval manuscripts, and a 1476 William Caxton edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
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