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!
Please book on eventbrite if possible. This is because a number of tours get heavily booked and we need to know how many guides to put on.
However if you can’t do that, because you
* Don’t trust t’Internet
* Don’t have a computer
* The dog ate your credit card
then just come along and pay cash on the day. But please check on the morning of the walk to ensure there are places and it is still taking place.
Just ring 07769 29 8068 and leave a message.
He won’t answer, because he’s probably watching The Bill, but he’ll sort it out for you pronto.
Here’s a tip from one who knows. Avoid the free tours. They’re a rip-off. Yes, you don’t have to stump any cash – and who carries much money around with them anyway these days? – but you’ll be wasting your time and your intelligence will be insulted if you make the mistake of going on them.
If you’d like to discover a general broad-brush history of Manchester there’s a “Discover Manchester” tour going on every day at 11am from Central Library, hosted by our colleagues from Manchester Guided Tours.
Our political tours go that bit further. That’s because Ed Glinert, has been working as a political journalist, author and commentator since 1981. He has written for the New Statesman, Sunday Times, Independent and spent ten years at Private Eye.
Thank you so much for the enjoyable tour. I learned a lot despite having lived in Manchester since 1999 and having spent a few years at the university. I have to bring my boys as well one day as I think they would enjoy is. My daughter certainly did.
We are delighted to be launching a new walks programme in conjunction with the great people from Great Days (of Altrincham) on Saturdays this summer, starting on Saturday 25 May.
In the morning at 11am we will be running our ever-popular music tour – Manchester Music: The Hacienda Years. In the afternoon at 2.30pm it’s “Secrets of the Northern Quarter”.
One piece of authentic Roman masonry survives in its original position in Manchester. It is a block of stone, about a foot high and a few wide, dating from around the year 200, which can be found turning left at the end of Collier Street under Arch 95 of the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway. How it has survived is a miracle,
5. Manchester under the Saxons and Vikings
Object: Angel Stone
Location: Manchester Cathedral
Year: c. 700
We don’t have much evidence of Saxon or Viking Manchester. Records weren’t kept, as nobody thought this obscure tract of land, Manigceastre, cut off from the important towns on the eastern side of the country, such as York, to be important.