* The Glories of Manchester Architecture: Expert Guided Tour, Tuesday 10 March 2020, 11am from the Midland Hotel.
It’s clear that Emmanuel Vincent Harris modelled Manchester Central Library (opened 1934) on Rome’s Pantheon. But why would he do this? First let us look inside the Library. Inside the first floor Reading Room turquoise Tuscan columns bear graceful filigree work holding a clock. This altar-like structure is a baldacchino. It is based on the epic baldachin inside St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Just over a hundred years ago, on 1 December 1919, something unprecedented happened in British politics: a woman entered Parliament for the first time. American socialite Nancy Astor had just won a by-election in Plymouth Sutton for the Tories, replacing ironically her husband, Waldorf Astor, who had just been ennobled.
That’s your birthday/retirement/Baptism/Barmitzvah present problems solved!
Buy, buy, buy a New Manchester Walks gift voucher, redeemable on any of our hundred-plus tours in and around the world’s greatest industrial city (no, not Birmingham), except Underground Manchester (which sells out quickly and coach tours, obv).
This from St Paul’s School of London after a Literary Manchester tour
I wanted to say a very warm thank you for the tour you gave our students on Thursday 17 October. It was a brilliant introduction to the city and to Manchester’s literary and cultural history. Great for the kids to hear about some of the less heralded figures like Ainsworth and Spring as well as the bigger names. The kids were really buzzing afterwards and you gave them some great hints for further reading.
If you’re in Manchester for a few days, a day, an hour or two, contact us to be taken round with an expert guide who will make the city come alive.
We are New Manchester Walks, a walks, talks and tours outfit, open to all guides who want to promote the history of Manchester, the world’s first industrial city – THE industrial strength city.
We provide an unrivalled and unmatchable programme of historical trips and tours in and around Manchester: from the Gothic glories and cotton palaces of central Manchester to the gleaming new dock side towers of Salford Quays; from the coal face of industrial Eastlands to the winding alleyways of Knutsford in leafy Cheshire.
We don’t just do walks! We do tours, talks, cruises, PR…we accompany visitors around the region.
For instance on Sunday 17 June India played Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup, a wonderful event which brought so many people to Manchester. New Manchester Walks’s Ed Glinert took a lovely party of Indian visitors on a coach tour of Manchester on the Saturday, the day before the match, together with Joan Davies of Manchester Guided Tours.
On the Monday Ed Glinert chaperoned another group of lovely Indian visitors on an all-day tour: a visit to Manchester United’s museum and stadium tour, a coach tour of the area, and a boat trip with historical commentary on the Princess Katharine boat. So, don’t forget to book our guides for something similar.
Ed Glinert recently spoke to hundreds of members of South Manchester U3A on Peterloo.
Just to say how much your talk was appreciated by our U3A.
Many thanks and if you agree I will book you in for the three hundredth
So, if you don’t fancy a walk, book a talk. What a great idea for your social club, U3A group, Probus set, National Trust outfit, local history society; to book New Manchester Walks’ Ed Glinert to give an illustrated talk on one of a huge variety of subjects.
* Alan Turing.
* The Pankhursts.
* Royal Scandal.
* Marx & Engels in Manchester.
* Britain’s Greatest Prime Ministers – and the Worst!
Peterloo 200 might be almost over, but the story continues…
Many thanks to the 274 people who came on our expert tours Friday and Saturday, and the 20 on Sunday to discover the joys of Howard Spring’s Peterloo-ish novel, “Fame is the Spur”.
Now it gets really interesting.
People of Manchester! People of Britain! People of the World! It’s the long-awaited (after six years) return of Underground Manchester in …
“Underground Manchester – Don’t Mention the War!”
This is an exciting and entertaining brand new tour devised by Manchester’s hardest-working tour guides, New Manchester Walks.
We will descend…
* Here’s a tip. Don’t waste your time booking onto a tour of the Midland Hotel where the guide tells you Rolls & Royce met within. They didn’t!
* How do we know? Ed Glinert of New Manchester Walks is one of the best researchers in the country, the author/journalist/tour guide who, yes, cracked the Jack the Ripper mystery (East End Chronicles, Penguin, 2005), and he’s come up with some startling information.
* It wasn’t difficult, but nobody else ever bothered.
* Transport groups and historical societies have not been able to prove him wrong.
* The hotel isn’t happy but we want them to promote accurate history!