Angel Meadow was hit by a savage cholera epidemic in 1832, which killed many of the inhabitants. The outbreak also led to one of the worst riots in Manchester’s history. It began after a surgeon at the cholera hospital in Swan Street cut off the head of a three-year-old cholera victim named John Brogan. Find out how events unfolded using this interactive story map. Click on the picture to begin exploring:
My debut book, Angel Meadow: Victorian Britain’s Most Savage Slum, features the full story of the 1832 cholera riot and many other stories about the Angel Meadow sum. The book has just been released and is now available from the publishers, Pen and Sword Books, and also from Amazon. Click on the book below to visit my author page on Amazon.
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Step into the Victorian underworld of Angel Meadow, the vilest and most dangerous slum of the Industrial Revolution. In the shadow of the world's first cotton mill, 30,000 souls trapped by poverty are fighting for survival as the British Empire is built upon their backs.
Thieves and prostitutes keep company with rats in overcrowded lodging houses and deep cellars on the banks of a black river, the Irk. Gangs of 'scuttlers' stalk the streets in pointed, brass-tripped clogs. Those who evade their clutches are hunted down by cholera and tuberculosis. Lawless drinking dens and a cold slab in the dead house provide the only relief from this filthy and frightening world.
Journalist Dean Kirby takes readers on a hair-raising journey through the alleyways, gin palaces and underground vaults of the nineteenth century Manchester slum considered so diabolical it was re-christened 'hell upon earth' by Friedrich Engels in 1845.
Enter Angel Meadow if you dare...
Angel Meadow will be published by Pen and Sword on 28 February, 2016. See my website for details.
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2 thoughts on “Angel Meadow: The 1832 cholera riot revealed”
This was excellent.Thank you.
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Sad but true. Events tht I would never think could’ve happen.