Chatham Street School

  • Reference
      GB 133 MMC/5/6
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 F 4 i
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      15 items

Scope and Content

Note that papers referring to period 1856-1861 go with the Royal Manchester School with which it was then united.

Administrative / Biographical History

A medical school was opened in 1850 at the junction of Grosvenor and Chatham Streets in central Manchester. Chatham Street School was a well-funded operation, and offered a broad syllabus of medical teaching. Its staff included Thomas Dorrington (obstetrics), Arthur Dumville (practical and surgical anatomy), J. Stuart Wilkinson and John Lomas (general anatomy and physiology), M.A. Eason Wilkinson (clinical medicine), George Southam (surgery), James Whitehead (diseases of females and children), Samuel Bennet (pathology),and Thomas Watts (principles and practice of medicine).

The School obviously enjoyed success, as it had superior dissecting rooms and museum than the MRSM. By 1856, the School had eighty students, and in 1856 it merged with Pine St. From 1856-1861 the MRSM was based at the Chatham St. School, before it returned to improved premises in Pine St/ Faulkner St.


MMC/5/6 comprises the following series:

  • MMC/5/6/1 - General History
  • MMC/5/6/2 - Staff
  • MMC/5/6/3 - Attendance Registers
  • MMC/5/6/4 - Lectures
  • MMC/5/6/5 - Museum
  • MMC/5/6/6 - Prizes