Here in Manchester, we’re appallingly served by the media. The country’s best magazines, such as The Spectator, are 99% London-oriented, and the local Manchester Evening News is obsessed with celebrity nonsense, violence and tat. Anyone who wants to read something interesting, fascinating and eye-opening on Manchester has barely anywhere to go – apart from New Manchester Walks.
I was hoping the new Mill would be receptive, but I’m not woke enough or young enough. Great stories are missed. Below is one of the greatest involving Manchester, and with global connotations.
The Manchester Evening News would not touch the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in 2017, the event that led to the creation of the State of Israel, which had huge connections with Manchester, something we explain on our Jewish Manchester walks. Their reasoning: “No one would read it,” one of the editors explained to me. This in the conurbation with Britain’s second biggest Jewish community. Shame on them.
Here’s another story they wouldn’t touch.
Seventy-five years ago, in August 1945, two atom bombs were dropped on Japan, killing more than…
* Ed Glinert’s hilarious trawl through the dodgy denizens of No. 10.
Prime Ministers don’t fight duels anymore, so we believe, but George Canning, foreign secretary, went into battle with Lord Castlereagh on Putney Heath in 1809. Neither died, and Canning later became the shortest-lived PM after only 118 days.
At around quarter past five on Monday 11 May 1812 PM Spencer Perceval fell down in the lobby of the Palace of Westminster and cried out: “I am murdered!”. Yes, the only time a British prime minister has been assassinated.
New Manchester Walks is the only official, trained, expert group of guides operating commercially in the Manchester area. Our mission is to open up Manchester history to as many people as possible though our tours, walks, talks, articles and books. It’s a bit of a battle, given that Manchester’s history has been severely mistreated for …
• BUILD A METROLINK LINE TO FACTORY Work is underway to create a remarkable new arts centre, the Factory, on the old Granada TV site, amidst thousands of new flats. But how will people get there once it all opens? The walk from the Deansgate stations or St Peter’s Square is so long it will …
We at New Manchester Walks have been at the forefront of getting more people to visit and stay in Manchester. Customers have come from the Midlands, London, Holland – the record is New Zealand; beat that! – to go on our tours. But we want you to enjoy your visit, whether it be an afternoon away from regular golf in Northenden or a once in a lifetime city break. So when you’ve been on our tours and want something else to do here are the top ten things it’s best not to avoid or be wary of, from No. 10, the least worst of the ten, to No. 1, the pits.
The Gay Village – The Trafford Centre – Curry Mile – Rylands By Yourself –
Rolls Met Royce Tours of the Midland – Corrie Cobbles – Sightseeing Bus Tour –
Inside Man Utd – Christmas Markets – Science and Industry Museum
10. The Gay Village
Once it was revolutionary, now it’s passé. The pubs play deafening crap music, the restaurants are over-priced, the place is overrun with chavs, and no one has made any attempt to get to grips with its history.
1. What’s gone wrong at the John Rylands Library
As the most opinionated, most confident (and best-researched) writer in Manchester, it’s time for me to share some critical thoughts with people who will appreciate them. I’ll start with one of Manchester’s best-loved attractions, the John Rylands Library on Deansgate.
This is one of the world’s greatest libraries, with a remarkable collection that includes the personal papers of such luminaries as John Dalton, Elizabeth Gaskell and John Wesley. It is also home to the oldest piece of the New Testament ever found, the St John Fragment. So what a shame that the library is run like a cross between Theresa May’s Brexit deal committee and Man Utd’s transfer target working group…
Visitors, tourists, locals! Don’t be taken in by the so-called free tour of Manchester that isn’t really free and is taken by a rogue guide unaccountable to the council or tourist board.
Come round Manchester with an official guide and see the city’s great sights and important sites – the Town Hall, Art Gallery, John Rylands Library, Free Trade Hall, Chinatown and more – on this daily tour with an expert.
We start from the Visitor Centre at 1.30pm.
The autumn Manchester Literature Festival is here and we at New Manchester Walks are leading a host of literary themed tours covering every single aspect of the written word – not just in October, but all year round!
A special highlight and a brand new tour takes place on Sat 21 Oct – Ted Hughes Country (Hills, Hymns, Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall). Lots of brooding poems under lowering skies. Ends at Sylvia Plath’s sad grave. Meet Mytholmroyd station, 12.30pm.
The tours have been devised by New Manchester Walks’s Ed Glinert, author, editor, journalist, the only Manchester writer and tour guide whose books have been published by Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury.
Twenty years ago the IRA chose to blow up Manchester city centre. It was a Saturday in mid-June, the European Championships were on in England, not France, and it was Father’s Day the next day, like now. Much of the area around the Arndale Centre was destroyed. Manchester, home of a huge Irish population, remained in shock for years. But why was the city targeted and why has no one been apprehended for causing this devastation? Oh, and if you think the post-box at the bomb site is the one that survived the blast, you need to come on our walk!
* Meet outside Selfridges on Exchange Square for an 11.15am start.
“SUE was fabulous – professional, friendly and entertaining. She made the Town Hall come to life and her knowledge was endless.”
“Today was fantastic!!! STEVE was the perfect guide, so knowledgable!”
“The tour was entitled Formidable Women of Manchester led by the also formidable JOHN ALKER who truly brought the subject to life…”
“Our tour was led by the brilliant ED GLINERT who managed to re-enforce our love and pride in Manchester.”