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John Rylands LibraryFurther down Brazennose Street again and across the road is John Ryland's Library.

Go there and wonder.

Interior: John Rylands Library

This treasure house of the written word is an absolute must on any visit, particularly if you happen to be around for the tour at noon on Wednesday, price £1.

The library has one of the world's greatest collections of manuscripts, including the oldest surviving portion of the New Testament, the St John fragment.

The building of 1900 is itself a masterpiece by Basil Champneys. Note too, the superb Arts and Crafts ironwork by Singer. The flowerlike light clusters are exquisite and once more shows Art Nouveau influence. The library was lit by electricity from its opening and when it was recently rewired an original and working light bulb was found!




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