Chetham's Library

Get a glimpse of history at Chetham’s Library, which was founded in 1653. This oldest surviving public library in Britain was commissioned by Humphrey Chetham, a prosperous Manchester textile merchant, banker and landowner. The building that houses Chetham’s was built in 1421 and is regarded as one of the best medieval complexes in England. 

Fun fact

Chetham’s Library is rumoured to be haunted by evil spirits