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Gmb National College

A Grade II* Listed Building in Whalley Range, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.449 / 53°26'56"N

Longitude: -2.2643 / 2°15'51"W

OS Eastings: 382543

OS Northings: 394730

OS Grid: SJ825947

Mapcode National: GBR DDV.DL

Mapcode Global: WHB9N.6K0R

Entry Name: Gmb National College

Listing Date: 3 October 1974

Last Amended: 6 June 1994

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1197762

English Heritage Legacy ID: 388025

Location: Manchester, M16

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: Whalley Range

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Whalley Range St Margaret

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text

SJ 89 SW, 698-1/8/827

Whalley Range (South side),
GMB National College

(Formerly Listed as: COLLEGE ROAD, Whalley Range (South side) Lancashire Independent College)




College for training of Non-Conformist ministers, Trade
Union college when surveyed. 1840-43, by Irwin and Chester, wings re-built
to 3 storeys and hall added in late 1870s; altered. Sandstone
ashlar (brick at rear), slate roofs. Elongated E-plan, the
main range facing north, with rear wings, that in the centre
containing the former chapel or hall. Gothick style. Two
storeys raised over a full basement storey, plus central
tower, 1:9:3:9:1 windows, symmetrical, the centre and ends
breaking forwards. The central entrance block, forming an
eye-catching feature, has set-back buttresses (finished as
pinnacles), steps up to a moulded Tudor-arched doorway under a
shield with angel supporters, a full-height oriel above with
transomed windows of 3 and 2 stages separated by panelling
with a clock-face, a pierced parapet and crocketed corner
pinnacles, and an octagonal 2-stage lantern with open
arcading, gargoyles and pinnacles. The 9-bay side ranges have
Tudor-arched arcades to a cloister which runs through the
whole and has 2-light mullioned windows to the basement, a
string-course over this, large 6-light mullion-and-transom
windows to the principal floor with a drip-band stepped over
them, 2-light mullioned windows to the top floor, and an
embattled parapet. The wings have oriel windows and
crow-stepped gables with crocketed corner pinnacles. All
windows have geometrical leaded glazing. The rear and rear
wings, of brick, have similar transomed windows, those in the
hall Tudor-arched and with cusped lights. Interior: galleried
entrance hall; good Gothick decoration to most rooms on the
principal floor (including Tudor-arched doors, moulded plaster
ceilings, fireplaces, etc.

History: built to provide higher education for Nonconformists
(excluded from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge until 1871), ante-dating Owens College
(1851) with which it jointly established the Victoria
University of Manchester in 1880.

Listing NGR: SJ8254394730

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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