Had a great time last Saturday talking to people about Angel Meadow and running a bookstall at Manchester Town Hall for the Manchester Histories Festival celebration day. Met so many people who had ancestors who lived in Angel Meadow. On Monday night, I also did a reading and talk for a packed crowd at The Portico Library on Mosley Street and, on Wednesday, I was live on the Out and About Manchester show on All FM 96.9. Here are a few pictures from my week. My next event will be a talk at the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society AGM on 20 July. Tickets are free for members and are available by clicking here.
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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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