Hanging Bridge Chambers, Manchester

  This plaque is found above the entrance to this building of 1881. The building was constructed on the site of a medieval bridge that spanned a ditch (possibly Roman in origin) carrying a stream that connected the Rivers Irk and Irwell. It is believed that the ditch was originally built by the Romans as part of aContinue reading “Hanging Bridge Chambers, Manchester”

Mynshull’s House, Manchester

  These guilded letters in relief are set on the frontage of Minshull’s House, a building constructed in 1890 of red sandstone in a Jacobean style.. Built in 1890 William Ball and Thomas Brookes Elce, it includes a series of ornate terracotta moulding, one of which sits below the upper set of lettering giving the name of the building. A large cartouche, setContinue reading “Mynshull’s House, Manchester”

John Rylands Library, Manchester

  These unusual and beautiful cut letters are found on the outer wall of the John Rylands Library in Manchester. Designed by Basil Champneys (1842-1935), the library was commission by Enriqueta Rylands (1843-1908)in 1899 in memory of her late husband, the textile manufacture  and philanthropists, John Rylands (1801-1888). In 1972 the library merged with that of theContinue reading “John Rylands Library, Manchester”

Joshua Hoyle & Sons, Manchester

This magnificent frieze is found on the former warehouse of Joshua Hoyle And Sons, cotton spinners and manufacturers of Bury, Lancashire. Designed by Charles Heathcote (1850–1938) in 1904, the steel framed building is faced terracotta, brick and and glazed ceramics. It is now used as a hotel. The letters have a lovely expressive form as seen inContinue reading “Joshua Hoyle & Sons, Manchester”

Peveril of the Peak, Manchester

An astonishing building, this pub, a  two-storey mid-Victorian building was remodelled around 1900 and given a ceramic facing. The ground floor tiling is yellowy-green, while that on the upper storey is cream. The name of the pub, Peveril Of The Peak (the title of an 1823 book by Sir Walter Scott.) is included in dark orange tilingContinue reading “Peveril of the Peak, Manchester”

Castle Hotel, Manchester

These wonderful ceramic letters with their Art Nouveau styling are found on the Castle Hotel pub, Manchester. The building was constructed in the late 18th century with the beautiful brown tiled façade added in 1898. An equally beautiful mosaic was laid on the floor of the entrance and the bar front tiled. Location: Oldham Street, Manchester.