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  • As Manchester grew into one of the great industrial cities of Britain, the Cathedrals Act saw it awarded such a church in 1840 with the Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George being raised to cathedral status. Many however felt that the church was inadequate as a cathedral and lacked the grandeur that Manchester deserved.
  • The still-existing Manchester Cathedral was gradually rebuilt from 1850 to 1870 with a new tower raised but despite this work it was still felt to be unsuitable and thus R.H Carpenter was hired to design a monumental structure that would rival the best of England's traditional great churches.
  • The design was laid out with two smaller western towers, and an enormous central octagonal lantern tower based on Ely's Octagon with, albeit with several other levels above it. To the south would be the cloisters, included for administrative reasons to serve as diocese facilities rather than traditional lodgings, and a chapter house.
  • Between 1874 and 1876 R.H Carpenter worked heavily on the designs although nothing came of the idea for a new cathedral, unlike Liverpool which saw Emerson's designs eventually lead to what has been built today.

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Architect
R.H Carpenter

Reference Data

Reference No.
6487
First Uploaded
07-12-2010
Last Editorial Date
07-12-2010
 

Building Location

Address
Victoria Street, Manchester. M3
Council
Manchester City Council
County
Greater Manchester
Region
North West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Cancelled
Proposal date
1876
Style
Gothic Revival

Roof Height (AGL)
90.00

Total Floors (O.G)
5

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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