Angel Meadow, "Victorian Hell-Hole". Ed Glinert's FREE expert tour

Sat Apr 27 2024 at 02:30 pm to 04:15 pm

Victoria Station Approach,City Centre,Manchester,M3 1WY,GB | Manchester

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Angel Meadow, "Victorian Hell-Hole". Ed Glinert's FREE expert tour
The Angel Meadow tour is led by Ed Glinert, Manchester’s leading historian and Britain’s most prolific tour guide.
Tour : Sat 27 April 2024, 2.30pm, Angel Meadow with Ed Glinert, author of the forthcoming, first ever, detailed history of the city – Manchester: The Biography. Meet : Victoria Station wallmap
Angel Meadow is the “lowest, most filthy, most unhealthy, and most wicked locality in Manchester…full of cellars and inhabited by prostitutes, their bullies, thieves, cadgers, vagrants and tramps.” That was from journalist Angus Bethune Reach. Was he writing yesterday? No, thankfully. He was reporting in the 19th century when Angel Meadow was one of a number of notorious Manchester slums; probably the worst.
This is what proto-communist Friedrich Engels had to say about the locale in 1844. “The landlords are not ashamed to let dwellings like the six or seven cellars on the quay directly below Scotland Bridge, the floors of which stand at least two feet below the low water level of the Irk … utterly uninhabitable, [it] stands deprived of all fittings for doors and windows, a case by no means rare in this region, when an open ground-floor is used as a privy by the whole neighbourhood for want of other facilities. . . .”
A hundred yards on, at the end of Millow Street, stood “Gibraltar”. This was once described by the social commentator James Phillips Kay as the haunt of the “lowest” of the population. “The stranger, if he dare venture to explore its intricacies and recesses is sure to be watched with suspicion, on every side is heard the sound of the axe or knife…”
Okay, both those revered social commentators were writing many years ago, but go there now and it’s pretty grim, which is why we guide you around these atmospheric areas, converting the squalor and sordidness into scintillating stories. And we’ve not even entered the meadow yet.
Have things improved? Yes, with much thanks to the Friends of Angel Meadow. When we’ve finished with all the terrible tales we deserve an ale or two at the Marble pub with its gorgeous tiles, magnificent ales and friendly atmosphere.

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Victoria Station Approach,City Centre,Manchester,M3 1WY,GB, United Kingdom


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