The collection contains good quality photographic coverage of a wide range of ecclesiastical and secular buildings taken by Gerald Sanville. A slightly larger percentage (55%) is of ecclesiastical sites, banks, clubs and inns., including churches, chapels, cathedrals and ruinous abbeys. Of these 70% are interiors, particularly woodwork. In his secular photography Sanville concentrated on urban streets and buildings, such as private houses, university colleges, schools, town halls
Sanville lived and worked in Manchester, therefore there is an emphasis on sites in Greater Manchester (22%) and Cheshire (18%), but he was an enthusiastic amateur photographer and travelled widely throughout England.
The date range of the collection is wide, from 1908 to 1966, but shows a significant drop in the number of photographs taken during the First and Second World Wars and towards the end of his life.
Colour or black and white: Black and white
Photographer: Gerald Sanville