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John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library Review

Owned by the University of Manchester, this Gothic Revival masterpiece designed by Alfred Waterhouse was built by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands as a memorial to her husband, a cotton magnate. Constructed of red sandstone in the 1890s, the library resembles a cathedral and contains some outstanding collections of illuminated manuscripts and beautifully illustrated books. Among the many highlights are the oldest known fragment of the New Testament in existence, dating from around 100 AD; an original Gutenberg Bible; and several works by William Caxton (c.1417–92), who introduced the printing press to the English-speaking world.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 150 Deansgate, City Centre, Manchester, M3 3EH | Map It
  • Phone: 0161/306–0555
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tues.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. and Mon. noon–5; last entry 30 min before closing
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  • Location: Manchester
Updated: 05-29-2014

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