Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Overdue Library Books


It occurs to me that I never completed my little jolly around the John Rylands Library in Manchester. Snow and life, came and went.

The building is a sandstone confection (Cumbrian sandstone I believe)

sandstone fan -1

The detail is everywhere.

Boss birds-1

Copious quantities of leaded glass

glass 2-1

Cavernous corridors

John Rylands -1

Oak carved to linen folds

linen folds -1

Vibrant Victorian shades

painted glass-1

There is more, to follow.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “Overdue Library Books

  1. Amazing. Things just aren’t made like that any more.

  2. It would be hard to focus on the books, in such a beautiful building.

  3. Gorgeous details! Thanks so much for sharing your photos of this beautiful building.

  4. Lovely, well worth sharing, thank you.

  5. I took a trip there a few weeks ago having seen it on your blog. Brilliant building. I had walked past several times and had no idea what was in there. Thanks for inspiring my visit!

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