Original Designs For Manchester Town Hall Have Been Rediscovered

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One for the Manchester history buffs out there. 

Original designs for Manchester Town Hall by architect Alfred Waterhouse have been rediscovered. 

The drawings, made from the 1860s to 1880s and including some which are hand-signed by Waterhouse himself, show the celebrated architect’s plans for the Town Hall as built, in painstaking detail.

Check them out below. 

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The drawings were found in the basement of the Town Hall by Kirsten McKnight, of Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture. She stumbled upon the historic plans while she had been assessing and cataloguing the building’s contents as part of her work on the Heritage Management Plan which was set up to protect the building's many heritage features. 

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Speaking about the findings, Kirsten said: 

“This set of drawings give us amazing detail into Waterhouse’s architectural vision for the building.  It is rare that we get the opportunity to gain such a level of insight into an architect’s thinking about such an important historic building. 

"Previously, we only had the drawings he submitted to win the competition to build the Town Hall - but these plans show the building as built and label the use for every single room in the building.  The floor plans are even signed by Waterhouse.  

“They are working drawings and some even have pieces of paper attached to them to show alterations which were made in the late 19th century, after the building was in use.”

It's certainly cool to see how our city looked back then and imagining what it would have been like without coffee shops and fast food chains on every corner. 

There are plans that the drawings will be exhibited to the public at some point in the future. We'll be sure to keep you updated.

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James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.

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