I had arranged to meet some friends in the City center, the plan was to photograph some buildings and have a bit of a wonder looking for things of interest.However torrential rain put a stop to our plans, as no one had brought flippers or a snorkel with them, we needed to head indoors. Being in the city center we had plenty of choice.
Our first port of call was Manchester Cathedral.This gave us the chance to sharpen our skills on low light and interior photography.
The Cathedral has had many refurbishments over the years giving it a relatively modern look. However some of the stones and artifacts date back to the 7th century – I think I will cover this in a future blog.
Inside the Cathedral is stunning; there are so many things of interest.
One of the most spectacular is the organ, the pipes reflecting the different colours of light coming through the windows.The organ is a new addition to the Cathedral (2017). The old was damaged by a bomb in 1940 and had been constantly repaired over the years.
Then on to Chetham”s Library
The building that houses Chetham’s was built in 1421 to accommodate a college of priests and remains one of the most complete medieval complexes to survive in the north west of England.
The library was founded in 1653, is the oldest surviving public library in Britain. It was established under the will of Humphrey Chetham.
Humphrey Chetham’s will of 1651 stipulated that the Library should be ‘for the use of schollars and others well affected’, and instructed the librarian ‘to require nothing of any man that cometh into the library’.
Chetham’s has been in continuous use as a free public library for over 350.
Did you know -
At the time that Frederick Engels lived and worked in Manchester, Karl Marx was a frequent visitor. Marx’s first visit to Manchester took place in July and August 1845, and the two worked together at the wooden desk in the window alcove of the Reading Room.
You can still see the desk at the window where they worked together.