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Phelps - The Phelps Collection

Documents concerning Monton.

This material is held at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/1/6
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 1 no. 6
Dates of Creation Late 19th-early 20th century

Scope and Content

1. 2 photographs of Monton Green and the entrance to Broad Oak Park.

2. Photograph of Monton Green from Manchester Faces and Places, and photograph of "The First Mission, Partington Street, Monton".

3. 2 photographs of new and old canal bridges, and colour postcard of Monton New Bridge, 1926.

4. Photographs of old canal bridge.

5. Photograph and sketch of old canal bridge.

6. Sketch of Monton Green.


Documents concerning Wardley.

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/1/7
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 1 no. 7
Dates of Creation Late 19th-early 20th century

Scope and Content

1. Photograph of the Wardley skull.

2. Cutting concerning Wardley Hall, 1897.

3. 2 photographs by S.I. Coulthurst of the Old Moat and the south side of Wardley Hall.

4. Sketch of Wardley Hall staircase.

5. 2 photographs of Wardley Hall before alteration, and a sketch of the rainwater head over the south door.

6. 2 photographs of Wardley Hall after alterations and repairs.


Documents concerning Eccles.

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/1/8
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 1 no. 8
Dates of Creation 1806-1916

Scope and Content

1. Eccles.

2. Photograph of tombstone of John and K. Thomas Smith, parish clerks of Eccles in the 17th century, and notes by Phelps.

3. Illustration of bear baiting.

4. Cockfight - Mottram. 3 photographs of cockfighting with cutting "Cockfighting Abolished".

5. Photographs and cuttings of the Old Thatch.

6. Sketch of the stocks.

7. Act for making Eccles New Road, 1806.

8. Sketch of the Ladywell, also notes and cutting.

9. Sketch, photograph, The Old fru.

10. Watercolour sketch of insignia or arms of Whalley Abbey.

11. Builders work: wattle and daub from an old house pulled down in Trafford Road in 1909, photograph, cutting and note.

12.-15. Sketches: Hall's Building, Eccles.

16. Sketch of an ancient type of quern found in canal cutting.

17. 2 cuttings from the Eccles Journal, 25 Feb 1916, re. a bridge between Eccles and Trafford Park. With copy of a letter from Phelps with a reply.

18. Sketch by Phelps of "suggested Ford and Stepping Stones at the river end of Salter's Lane, Eccles", 1922.

19. & 20. Sketches of Eccles Cross, Old Duke of York inn and Eccles cake shop.

21. Sketch of Tanpit Lane and Water Mill.

22. 1 photograph and 3 newspaper cuttings concerning Monks Hall.

23. Cutting with illustration, "Storm reveals 300 year old Norfolk tragedy", from the Daily Sketch, 1 Jan 1913.


Sketches of Prehistoric discoveries.

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/1/9
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 1 no. 9
Dates of Creation 1864

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.

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/1/10
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 1 no. 10
Dates of Creation 1907

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.

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/1/11
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 1 no. 11
Dates of Creation c. 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

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/2
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 2 nos. 1-8
Dates of Creation 1885-1922

Prints and cuttings from the Illustrated London News.

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/2/1
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 2 no. 1
Dates of Creation 1885

A supplement to the Manchester Guardian about printing.

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/2/2
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 2 no. 2
Dates of Creation 23 May 1922

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

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/2/3
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 2 no. 3
Dates of Creation nd [?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. Number GB 418 Box 2 no. 4
Dates of Creation 1887

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

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/2/5
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 2 no. 5
Dates of Creation nd [?early 20th century]

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

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/2/6
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 2 no. 6
Dates of Creation 1909

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

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/2/7
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 2 no. 7
Dates of Creation 1886-1887

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

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/2/8
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 2 no. 8
Dates of Creation 1863 & 1874

Old Manchester Committee Material

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/3
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 3 nos. 1-9
Dates of Creation 1904-1918

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.

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/3/1
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 3 no. 1
Dates of Creation [1904-1918]

Bundle of miscellaneous cuttings, letters, notes etc.

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/3/2
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 3 no. 2
Dates of Creation [1904-1918]

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

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/3/3
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 3 no. 3
Dates of Creation 1904

Scope and Content

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


Stationery and circulars for the Old Manchester Exhibition.

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/3/4
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 3 no. 4
Dates of Creation [1904-1918]

Envelope containing matters for the next meeting.

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/3/5
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 3 no. 5
Dates of Creation nd [1904-1918]

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

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Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/3/6
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 3 no. 6
Dates of Creation 1904-1907

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 at Chetham's Library
Reference Number(s) ; GB 418 Phelps/1/3/7
Alt. Ref. Number GB 418 Box 3 no. 7
Dates of Creation 1821