The Firs

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 VCA/7/1047
  • Dates of Creation
      1981-1994
  • Physical Description
      2 folders there has been some slight water damage to this file

Scope and Content

The Firs Estate is located in the Fallowfield area of Manchester, to the south of the University campus. Formerly the residence of the industrialist Joseph Whitworth, it was transferred to the University by his legatees in 1902. For many years, it was the residence of C P Scott, editor of the Manchester Guardian, who rented it from the University. Following Scott's death, Firs House became the official residence of the vice-chancellor in 1933, which it remained until the 1990s.

The content of the file is mostly routine, concerning maintenance and building issues. It includes a discussion in the early 1990s about whether the Firs should continue to be the official residence. The file includes a map of the estate dating from 1845, which was prepared for an auction of the estate.

Former reference: 1737

Related Material

See VCA/7/611 for the earlier file.