After four years of researching and writing my book, I have begun a new journey into the history of Angel Meadow by started a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University's Manchester Centre for Regional History. I'll be taking a deeper dive into the origins and persistence of the slum, and trying to find out more about… Continue reading Academia


Taking stock

It's been a quiet few months for the book after the hectic round of talks and other events last year - a time to pause and take stock. The paperback edition is still flying on Amazon and has had 45 five-star reviews so far. I've been amazed at how well received it has been and… Continue reading Taking stock

Guest lecture at the Manchester Centre for Regional History

Enjoyed giving a guest lecture tonight at the Manchester Metropolitan University for friends of the Manchester Centre for Regional History. Biggest turnout yet for one of my Angel Meadow events. A huge audience and a fair bit of wine was imbibed as well. Thanks to everyone who came along.

Angel Meadow and the Peterloo Massacre

  Weavers from Manchester's Angel Meadow slum were among the thousands of protesters who marched to St Peter's Fields on 16 August, 1819, only to be cut down during the Peterloo Massacre. Here's an extract from my book, Angel Meadow: Victorian Britain's Most Savage Slum, which tells the story of some of the Mancunians who… Continue reading Angel Meadow and the Peterloo Massacre

Live at the Portico

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… Continue reading Live at the Portico

Angel Meadow author Q&A

Angel Meadow has had some brilliant coverage in Your Family History magazine today with a two-page  Meet the Author feature. It's an interesting read for anyone wanting to find out why I became interested in Angel Meadow and how I wrote the book. The magazine also features a review of Angel Meadow, which says: "Many will… Continue reading Angel Meadow author Q&A

Manchester Histories Festival celebration day

I'm looking forward to giving a talk and holding an Angel Meadow bookstall at Manchester Town Hall this Saturday as part of Manchester Histories Festival. I'll be among nearly 90 exhibitors promoting the history and heritage of Greater Manchester as part of the festival's celebration day. The talk starts at 11am. It's free, but tickets… Continue reading Manchester Histories Festival celebration day

Angel Meadow slum tours

Very proud today after leading two tour groups around Angel Meadow with fantastic tour guide Emma Fox as part of the Angel Meadow Community History Day during Manchester Histories Festival. Really enjoyed bringing the book to life and sharing stories about some of the slum's characters. Big thanks to Emma and everyone who came along on… Continue reading Angel Meadow slum tours