At the west end of St. John Street you cross Byrom Street into the gardens.  Here stood St. John's church.  It was built by Edward Byrom in 1769 when the town was growing rapidly but the population in the centre of Manchester declined and the church was closed and demolished in 1931.  There are 22,000 burials on this site. Among those buried are John Owens, the founder of the Victoria University of Manchester and William Marsden who presided over the committee which obtained the Saturday Holiday for Manchester in 1843.

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