Today marked a significant moment in the modern history of Angel Meadow - the first time that the bell of the former St Michael's Church had been heard in more than 80 years. The parish church of St Michael's and All Angels watched over the violent and disease-ridden streets of Angel Meadow for more than 140… Continue reading Ringing the bell of St Michael’s
Angel Meadow has had some fantastic coverage today with a four-page spread in the latest edition of Who Do You Are? magazine. It tells the story of how archaeologists discovered the home of my Victorian ancestor in the slum.
Fantastic day today signing books and meeting customers at Waterstone's in Stockport, including a man whose family were from Angel Meadow. Big thanks to Kerry and all the staff at the store.
Had a good chat with Lenny from ALL FM 96.9 the other week and recorded an interview over a pint at Fred's Ale House in Levenshulme. If anyone wants to listen, here it is...
Book trailers are all the rage these days, so I've created one for the book. Check out the video trailer by clicking on the link below. Angel Meadow is now available on Amazon Kindle. Click here to buy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ0fTrPybLk&feature=youtu.be
Spent a great day today talking to staff at the Co-operative and NOMA about what lies beneath 1 Angel Square and signing copies of my book in the atrium. The award-winning building, off Miller Street, is one of the greenest and most sustainable in Europe. Few people know that it stands on the site of The… Continue reading What lies beneath
I've had an enjoyable week launching the book and watching its unexpected rise up the Amazon bestseller charts until it was suddenly - and unbelievably - in the top 400 bestsellers out of six million books. Amazed to be able to say it is currently the No.1 bestselling social history book on Amazon and was also publisher… Continue reading Angel Meadow in the news
Spent a good afternoon as a guest on Hannah's Bookshelf on North Manchester FM on Saturday talking about the dark history of Angel Meadow. In case you missed it, listen here as I chat to Hannah Kate about the Victorian slum's shocking living conditions, street fighting and the legacy that Angel Meadow left modern Manchester.
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… Continue reading Angel Meadow: The 1832 cholera riot revealed
Fearless gangs of street fighters known as scuttlers waged war on the streets of Angel Meadow in the last quarter of the 19th century and struck terror in the hearts of slum dwellers. Wearing pointed, brass-tipped clogs and using knives, iron pokers and heavy belt buckles as weapons, they prowled the slum looking for a… Continue reading Angel Meadow scuttler wars mapped