SJ8498 : The Portico Library, Manchester

taken 5 months ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

The Portico Library, Manchester
The Portico Library, Manchester
The outside walls are lined with floor to ceiling bookshelves holding the library’s collection of 25,000 mainly 19th century books. This is the rear wall.
The Portico Library
The Portico Library (aka The Portico or Portico Library and Gallery) in Manchester, is an independent subscription library founded in 1806. The library, mainly focused on 19th-century literature, was designed in the Greek Revival style by Thomas Harrison of Chester, architect of Liverpool's Lyceum and built by one of the founders, David Bellhouse. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a Grade II* listed building (Historic England List Entry Number: 1197930 LinkExternal link ).

Although the building was originally built for the library, the ground floor was leased to the Bank of Athens in 1921 and a floor was added to the gallery creating a new first floor and that is where the library now resides. The library's first chairman was John Ferriar. Its first secretary, Peter Mark Roget, began his thesaurus here. Other notable members have included John Dalton, Reverend William Gaskell, Sir Robert Peel and more recently Eric Cantona.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 10 April, 2019   (more nearby)
Sunday, 14 April, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 841 981 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.7791N 2:14.4177W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 841 981
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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