Building Name

Roby Day and Sunday School Aytoun Street

Aytoun Stret
Central, Manchester
GMCA, England
New build

Amongst the schools we may mention, the Roby schools, in a street leading out of Portland Street. The style is Elizabethan and they were designed by Mr Walters, who has succeeded in producing a very meritorious work. The building is supported upon iron columns, being built over the playground. The lower storey has a series of arches of different sizes, filled with iron-work. Above are lofty bow windows, projecting chimneys and gables; the whole arranged in a very skilful manner. The materials are red brick and stone. [Builder 15 November 1845 page 548]

The Roby Day and Sunday Schools, for children of the independent denomination, situate in Aytoun‑street, were built a short time ago from designs by Mr A W Mills, Architect.* The building is in the Elizabethan style, and of best brick and stone. Considerable skill is displayed in the arrangement for supporting the building so as not to interfere with the burial ground over which it is erected; the front wall goes down to good brick foundations, but the back part is carried on iron pillars and beams. There are three gates into the yard through the lower part of the front wall, and also other smaller arches which are filled in with ornamental ironwork. Above are three projecting oriel windows of two storeys; the front is surmounted by ornamental gables. The internal arrangements are spacious and well ventilated. [The Civil Engineer and Architects Journal. January, 1846 Page 5] * Some attributions in this article are questionable.

Reference    Builder 15 November 1845 page 548
Reference    The Civil Engineer and Architects Journal. January, 1846 Page 5
Reference    Builder 16 March 1872 page 201 - list of works by Edward Walters