Humphrey Chetham
(1580-1653)

Died aged c. 73

Sir Humphrey Chetham (10 July 1580 – 1653) was an English merchant, responsible for the creation of Chetham's Hospital and Chetham's Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.

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Chetham's Hospital Manor House of Thomas de la Warre given to the Collegiate Church (now Cathedral) in 1421. In 1653 Humphrey Chetham founded a school and free public library. Became a music school in 1969

Long Millgate, Manchester, United Kingdom where they founded a school and founded a free public library