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What's happening with New Manchester Walks

Richard Pankhurst II


News comes in of the death of Richard Pankhurst, son of Sylvia, arguably Manchester’s greatest ever citizen, who has passed away aged 89 in Ethiopia and might well be afforded a state funeral.

Here’s the piece I’ve written for the Manchester Evening News.

Richard Pankhurst, the only son of Sylvia Pankhurst, the suffragette leader who was one of Manchester’s greatest ever figures, has died aged 89 at his home in Ethiopia…

Calls have gone out to grant the late academic and political agitator a state funeral in the east African country.

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St Michael's

ST MICHAEL’S – When will the council stop the rot?

Here is the piece I’ve written for the Manchester Evening News about the history of the site around Bootle Street due to be demolished so that Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville can erect two nasty noxious overgrown buildings that will ruin part of Manchester.


If the highly-controversial St Michael’s development around Bootle Street near Manchester Town Hall goes ahead it will eradicate in one blow a huge slice of little-known but fascinating Manchester history. The proposed towers will require the demolition of three buildings: the former Bootle Street police station, the Ralph Abercrombie pub next door and the Reform Synagogue on Jackson’s Row. Think of all the villains that have passed through Bootle Street. But think also of the innocent…
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Clock Tower


You have just about a year to be taken round Manchester Town Hall by the effortlessly entertaining guides of New Manchester Walks.

This is a journey into the historical heart of the city’s greatest building, its architecture, paintings and politics.

Please book through eventbrite by clicking “Continue Reading” below and following the link for the date you require.

* The cost is £8 (Pre-Raphaelites & Murals £10) and the tour lasts two hours.

* Dates, below.
* Wed 22 Feb, 11am. SOLD OUT!
* Sun 5 Mar, 11am. ONLY 3 TICKETS LEFT
* Sat 11 Mar, 11am.
* Sun 19 Mar, 11am.
* Mon 27 Mar, 11am.
* Tue 28 Mar, 11am (Pre-Raphaelites & Murals, starting at the Art Gallery).
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Wuthering Heights


Now is the time for your social club, U3A group, Probus outfit, student body … to book a coach tour with our effortlessly entertaining guides.
There are so many to choose from:
* The Great Treasures of Manchester
* Wild and Wuthering West Yorkshire
* L. S. Lowry’s sights and settings of Salford
* The Beatles’ Liverpool
* Chi-Chi Cheshire
* The History of Manchester United…
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Salford Quays at night1

Historic Canal Cruise – SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY

• Our popular canal cruise leaves at 11am and includes illuminating one way commentary by the queen of canal guides Salford-born Sue Grimditch, plus the usual great service from the crew of the L S Lowry barge, as we make our way along the Bridgewater canal, through Pomona Lock and onto the Manchester Ship Canal, the Quays and Media City.
• Please book through eventbrite or, 0843 208 0500. Cost: £18.
• Meet at the water’s edge outside the Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Road, M3 4JR.
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Midland Hotel1


It’s what you’ve been waiting for: Ed Glinert and co. taking you or your group, club, works outfit, society … around this magnificent building.
• Public dates: Sun 26 Feb (SOLD OUT), Sun 2 Apr (SOLD OUT), Sun 21 May (14 EXTRA TICKETS NOW PUT ON SALE) – all at 1.30pm.
• Meet outside the hotel on Peter Street.
• Please book through Quaytickets or eventbrite to avoid disappointment.
• Also ideal for private tours for groups of around 20 people.

Hear the history, soak in the sleek style and lounge in its luxurious locations. Then, when the tour’s over, take tea and tiffin or a tipple in the Octagon bar. What a great way of spending two hours or so!
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Town Hall courtyard


Manchester Town Hall has introduced a new “Back of House” tour which will run on three Sundays: 5 Feb, 5 March and 2 April at 1.30pm and 3pm from the Lloyd Street entrance (although more slots might be added if there is sufficient take-up). The tour lasts an hour. Please book through eventbrite to ensure a place. Please note this is not an historical tour and has been devised by the council. all the dates are now sold out apart from Sun 2 Apr at 11.30am. Please click “Continue Reading” to find the link.
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If you don’t fancy a walk, book us for a talk!

Ed Glinert is back giving talks with a monthly slot at Central Library and regular dates at Manchester Cathedral, so book him for your social club, U3A group, Probus set, National Trust outfit or local history society to give an illustrated talk on one of a huge variety of subjects:
* The Pankhursts.
* 10 Manchester Inventions That Shook the World.
* Peterloo.
* Royal Scandal Through the Ages.
* The Lonely Life of L. S. Lowry.
* Engels & Marx in Manchester.
* The Manchester Ship Canal.
* Alan Turing.
* The Fenian Hangings of 1867.
* The Secret History of Manchester.
* Manchester architecture (how the city’s main buildings stole their design from existing works).
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