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Phelps - The Phelps Collection

Sketches of Prehistoric discoveries.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/1/9
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 1 no. 9
Dates of Creation1864

Scope and Content

1. Dug-out canoe, Irlam. Bronze spear blade, [?Eccles].

2. Food vessel, Clifton on Irlam.

3. Dug-out, Barton on Irlam.

4. Stone axe, Flixton.

5. Dug-out, Barton.

6. Oaken paddles, near Marple.

7. Earthen pot, Monks Hall, 1864.


Documents concerning crosses in Eccles.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/1/10
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 1 no. 10
Dates of Creation1907

Scope and Content

1. Sketch of old cross.

2. Sketch of old cross before and after repair.

3. Sketch of a fragment of cross shaft, Peel Green.

4. Small folder labelled "Eccles Crosses", containing notes by Phelps, and a letter from Jas. F. Moore, 29 Dec 1907.

5. Sketch of the restoration of the first Eccles Cross.

6. Plan/drawing of Eccles Cross.


Photographs, sketches and notes concerning Eccles church.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/1/11
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 1 no. 11
Dates of Creationc. 1820-c. 1921

Scope and Content

1. Sketch of Eccles church, pre 1863, and engraving, c. 1820.

2. Sketch of the south door of Eccles church.

3. Sketch of Barton Hall Barn.

4. Sketch of sculptured stone, Barton Hall Barn.

5. Sketch of Eccles church gates.

6. Cutting concering the old vicarage.

7. Sketch and illustration concerning the old vicarage.

8. Sketch of Eccles (Phelps).

9. The old and new west window.

10. Photograph of sculptures from church walls.

11. Sketch of a 13th century tombstone.

12. Photograph of the south side of Eccles church.

13. Photograph and correspondence - Phelps.

14. Photograph of church plate.

15. Sketch of 13th-14th century tombstone.

16. Sketch of tombstone.

17. Photograph of the church in Winter, 1907.

18. Photograph of the south porch demolished 1921.

19. Photograph of the west front, 1907.

20. Sketch of niches in pillars.

21. Brass rubbing of a church warden, 163[?].

22. Diagrams.

23. Sketch of a niche near St Catherine's Chapel.

24. Sketch of church wardens, Staffordshire.

25. Photographs of the church before restoration, 1907.

Notes concerning the parish church of St Mary's, Eccles.


Art Miscellaneous: Prints, Articles etc

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/2
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 2 nos. 1-8
Dates of Creation1885-1922

Prints and cuttings from the Illustrated London News.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/2/1
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 2 no. 1
Dates of Creation1885

A supplement to the Manchester Guardian about printing.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/2/2
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 2 no. 2
Dates of Creation23 May 1922

"Caxton head", catalogue of satirical prints no. 650.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/2/3
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 2 no. 3
Dates of Creationnd [?early 20th century]

T.C. Horsfall, "What to look for in Pictures", a paper read in 1883 at St Paul's School, Bennet Street, Manchester.

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Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/2/4
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 2 no. 4
Dates of Creation1887

The Grammar of Ornament magazine parts 2, 4, 5 and 6.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/2/5
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 2 no. 5
Dates of Creationnd [?early 20th century]

Theatre programme for the Tivoli Theatre of Varieties, Peter Street, Manchester.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/2/6
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 2 no. 6
Dates of Creation1909

Order of procession for the Jubilee celebration in the borough of Ashton under Lyne.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/2/7
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 2 no. 7
Dates of Creation1886-1887

2 copies of the British Workmans magazine no. 97 and no. 229.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/2/8
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 2 no. 8
Dates of Creation1863 & 1874

Old Manchester Committee Material

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/3
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 3 nos. 1-9
Dates of Creation1904-1918

Scope and Content

J. J. Phelps was the Honorary Director of the Old Manchester and Salford Exhibition held at the City Art Gallery, Manchester, during March and April 1904. The aim of the exhibition was to show the evolution of the district, from prehistoric settlement to modern industrial centre. The success of the exhibition led to increased public support for the creation of a permanent museum of local history. The Old Manchester Committee was appointed to work towards this goal at a public meeting in the Town Hall on 16 Nov 1904.


Folder containing letters relating to the Old Manchester and Salford Exhibition, Queen's Park.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/3/1
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 3 no. 1
Dates of Creation[1904-1918]

Bundle of miscellaneous cuttings, letters, notes etc.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/3/2
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 3 no. 2
Dates of Creation[1904-1918]

Red notebook containing details of the arrangements for the Old Manchester Exhibition.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/3/3
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 3 no. 3
Dates of Creation1904

Scope and Content

16 x 10 cm, 10 pp plus 1 loose leaf.


Stationery and circulars for the Old Manchester Exhibition.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/3/4
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 3 no. 4
Dates of Creation[1904-1918]

Envelope containing matters for the next meeting.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/3/5
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 3 no. 5
Dates of Creationnd [1904-1918]

Parcel of letters from George C. Yates, secretary of the Old Manchester Committee.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/3/6
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 3 no. 6
Dates of Creation1904-1907

Scope and Content

Contains details of the artefacts which were voluntarily offered for the Old Manchester and Salford Exhibition and for display afterwards.


Paper folder containing letters, notes and the Manchester Guardian No. 1, 5 May 1821.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/3/7
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 3 no. 7
Dates of Creation1821

Notebook containing notes on the Old Manchester Committee.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/3/8
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 3 no. 8
Dates of Creation1909-1918

Scope and Content

16 x 10 cm, 200 pp.


Notebook containing notes on the Old Manchester Committee, with details of exhibits.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/3/9
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 3 no. 9
Dates of Creation1904-1909

Scope and Content

23 x 17 cm.


Lantern Lectures by J.J. Phelps

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/4
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 4 nos 1 (1-9)-5
Dates of Creation[1921-1926]

Notebook containing notes for lantern lectures about arts and crafts in Roman Manchester.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/4/1
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 4 no. 1 (1 i-xiii)
Dates of Creationnd [1921-1926]

Scope and Content

(i) Military.

(ii) Roads.

(iii) Surveyors.

(iv) Builders.

(v) Buildings.

(vi) Sculpture.

(vii) Ironwork.

(viii) Woodwork.

(ix) Bronze work.

(x) Pewter.

(xi) Lead.

(xii) Jewellery.

(xiii) Leather workers.

23 x 17 cm. 15 leaves, 1 includes references to slides at Chetham's Library.


Notebook containing notes for lantern lectures about archaeology.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/4/2
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 4 no. 1 (2 i-iii)
Dates of Creationnd [1921-1926]

Scope and Content

(i) Bibliography.

(ii) The camera as a factor in archaeology.

(iii) Roman Manchester: includes references to slides and photographs held at Chetham's Library.

25 x 20 cm. 19 leaves.


Notebook containing notes for lantern lectures about Roman Manchester.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/4/3
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 4 no. 1 (3)
Dates of Creationnd [1921-1926]

Scope and Content

20 x 13 cm. 58 leaves.


Notebook containing a list of photographs concerning arts and crafts in Roman Manchester.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/4/4
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 4 no. 1 (4 i-xiii)
Dates of Creationnd [1921-1926]

Scope and Content

(i) Surveyors.

(ii) Builders.

(iii) Tilemakers.

(iv) Masons and sculptors.

(v) Sculptors.

(vi) Corn millers.

(vii) Ironwork.

(viii) Glasswork.

(ix) Bronze.

(x) Jewellery.

(xi) Gold.

(xii) Pottery.

(xiii) Coins.

17 x 11 cm. 17 leaves.


Envelope: list of photographs. Arts and crafts in Roman Manchester.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/4/5
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 4 no. 1 (5)
Dates of Creationnd [1921-1926]

Scope and Content

(i) Surveyors.

(ii) Builders.

(iii) Tilemakers.

(iv) Masons and sculptors.

(v) Sculptors.

(vi) Corn millers.

(vii) Ironwork.

(viii) Glasswork.

(ix) Bronze.

(x) Jewellery.

(xi) Gold.

(xii) Pottery.

(xiii) Coins.


Loose notes about Pompeii.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/4/6
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 4 no. 1 (6)
Dates of Creationnd [1921-1926]

Scope and Content

43 leaves.


Syllabus of lectures for Queen's Park Branch Art Gallery, 19th season.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/4/7
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 4 no. 1 (7)
Dates of Creation1925-1926

Scope and Content

Includes lectures by J.J. Phelps on Pomeii and Mancunium.

20 x 13 cm. 4 pages.


Envelope containing 2 cards concerning arts and crafts in Roman Manchester

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Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/4/8
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 4 no. 1 (8)
Dates of Creationnd [1921-1926]

Map of part of Manchester showing the remains of the site of the Roman Mancunium.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/4/9
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 4 no. 1 (9)
Dates of Creationnd [?1921-1926]

Folder containing notes for a lecture to the Photographic Club on ancient Manchester on 7 Feb 1921.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/4/10
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 4 no. 2
Dates of Creation1921

Scope and Content

(i) 3 letters from the Secretary of the Photographic Club to J.J. Phelps about arrangements for the lecture.

(ii) Lecture notes for slides. 24 leaves.

(iii) Hand drawn map showing sites of British and Roman camps.

(iv) Loose notes: the history of Chetham's including a list of Wardens (3 leaves); brief historical notes; list of slides (1 sheet).


Envelope containing pieces of Manchester pottery.

This material is held atChetham's Library
Reference Number(s); GB 418 Phelps/1/4/11
Alt. Ref. NumberGB 418 Box 4 no. 3
Dates of Creationnd