Victorian Society

The Victorian Society is the champion for Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales. Our aims are:

* CONSERVING: to save Victorian and Edwardian buildings or groups of buildings of special architectural merit from needless destruction or disfigurement.
* INVOLVING: to awaken public interest in, and appreciation of, the best of Victorian and Edwardian arts, architecture, crafts and design;
* EDUCATING: to encourage the study of these and of related social history and to provide advice to owners and public authorities in regard to the preservation and repair of Victorian and Edwardian buildings and the uses to which they can, if necessary, be adapted

The aims are linked, and through involving and educating the public, we can increase the likelihood of conserving buildings.

Venue Type:

Architecture centre, Association or society

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London Road Fire Station Manchester.

Victorian Society AGM Weekend in Manchester

  • 29 June — 31 July 2016 *on now

The annual general meeting beginning at 2pm on Friday afternoon will be held in the Great Hall of the University of Manchester’s Sackville Street Building (Spalding & Cross, 1895-1912). Before dinner in central Manchester we will have an introductory lecture on the architecture of Manchester given by Nick Baker or David Morris. Accommodation will be at the Britannia Hotel (a former warehouse by Travis & Mangnall, 1851-6) in Portland Street.

Saturday morning will be devoted to guided walks in central Manchester on four themes: WWW in Manchester, the three Ws being Walters, Waterhouse and Worthington; Victorian Cottonopolis/King Cotton phase; Victorian warehouse legacy; and Albert Square. Buildings to be seen in the first theme include the Refuge Building (now the Palace Hotel); Victoria University central complex; and Holy Name Jesuit Church.

In the second theme the significance and function of three buildings, Free Trade Hall (including Tympanum sculpture); Royal Exchange (nineteenth-century version with classical facade on Cross Street) and Town Hall (not just architecture and cotton imagery but administrative significance such as the City’s municipal enterprises – police, gas, water, sewerage etc.) In the third theme Princess Street (including Mechanics Institute), Portland Street and Charlotte Street, and Edwardian legacy on Whitworth Street. In the fourth theme the Monument and Fountain, Memorial Hall and Town Hall, architecture and decoration and symbol of civic pride.

Saturday afternoon Coach tour centred on Edgar Wood’s work in Middleton including his first church, the Baptist Chapel in Temple Street (1889); Royal Bank of Scotland (1892); and refreshments at his Long Street Methodist Church (1900-1901) followed by visits to buildings which may include Collier Street Baths, Victoria Baths, Ancoats Dispensary and St John’s Waterloo Road.

Sunday morning Coach tour to Pownall Hall or Abney Hall followed by lunch at Gorton Monastery (magnificent Franciscan Friary by EW Pugin, the subject of a major restoration).

Sunday afternoon Tour of Gorton Monastery led by Elaine Griffiths followed by a coach visit to buildings which may include St Benedict’s, Ardwick and the Gaskell House.

Coaches will return to Manchester Piccadilly station for trains after 5pm.

The programme is liable to change.

Suitable for

  • Any age


COST £210 per person non-residential; £300 per person double/twin; £340 single. All coach trips, visits, admissions, gratuities, dinner on Friday and lunch on Sunday are included. The residential rate also includes bed and breakfast accommodation at the Brtannia Hotel, Portland Street in the city centre.


Victorian Society
1 Priory Gardens
Greater London
W4 1TT




020 8994 1019


020 8747 5899

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