On October 26th, Manchester Cathedral will be hosting a free event to offer visitors the rare chance to see the city’s medieval ‘Huntington Deeds’, celebrating one of the unsung pioneers of the early town.
The rare documents have never been on public display before and normally reside in the Hulme Trust Archive at Chetham’s Library. The project has been funded by the Hulme Trust, to give visitors an exclusive insight into the history of early Manchester.
The Huntington deeds are especially important for Manchester Cathedral because they belonged to John Huntington, the first warden of what was formerly the collegiate church of St Mary, St Denys & St George – now the cathedral – in 1422. Not much is known about Huntington today, but the deeds (including a handwritten will) shed some light on his life in Manchester.
The deeds will be on display this Thursday, 26th October, at TWO times throughout the day – 2pm and 3pm. There will also be activities throughout the day including brass rubbing and make your own seals. Project Archivist Grace Timperley will be on hand to answer questions and show how the small details – such as wax seals – can tell us more about medieval Manchester.
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