Owen Manuscripts
Most people know John Owen, a nineteenth-century antiquarian, for his really useful transcriptions of parish registers and monumental inscriptions all over Greater Manchester.

This set of photographs, taken by Gerard Lodge, reveals Owen to have been a talented draughtsman and artist and gives us a fascinating glimpse into the early modern architecture of the Greater Manchester area. The set only includes the images, which form a small part of the entire 91 volumes of manuscripts.

The whole Owen collection, available on microfilm at City Library, includes monumental inscriptions, parish registers, general memoranda, architecture and archaeology, and miscellaneous historic notes and letters. (MF566-581b, index available)

For more on the Owen MSS see the Familysearch wiki:


Thanks to Gerard for the photography and to our volunteers for the descriptions.
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