Angel Meadow was Manchester’s main lodging house district at a time when thousands of people were arriving in the city in search of work. Wanderers stepped off trains at Victoria Station and made the short walk to an unsafe harbour in the slum. They laid down their heads for a fearful first night in beds shared with strangers – removing their clothes because it was the only way to keep them free from lice. Social observers described these dens as ‘disgusting abodes’ haunted by vice, crime and disease. Explore the interior of an Angel Meadow lodging house using this clickable image.