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People: George Best to the Pankhursts

Marx & Engels in Manchester

Next event is an actual walk: Sunday 20 June 2021, 11am.  Meet: Friedrich Engels statue outside HOME. Booking: Please press here to book with Eventbrite. *** Join us to follow in the Manchester footsteps of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the men who created a political philosophy that dominated half the world during the 20th century. …
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William Shakespeare

No dates yet. Date: Meet: Entrance, John Rylands Library, time tbc. Booking: Not yet. This is an ingenious new tour dedicated to a man who probably never came to Manchester. But why should that matter? The city centre is alive with mementos to the Bard and dedications to his protagonists. We’ve found seven obvious locations …
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Thomas de Quincey

No dates yet. Date: Meet: Art Gallery, time tbc. Booking: Not yet. Born in a hotel on Manchester’s Cross Street in 1785, Thomas De Quincey is perhaps the greatest local-born writer in Manchester history. Well, him and Anthony Burgess. Originally he was plain Thomas Quincey (he added the “De” to make himself sound more glam), raised …
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Anthony Burgess

Next tour: No dates planned. To book privately, please contact New Manchester Walks. Meet: St Ann’s Church. Booking: He was a polymath and polyglot who chain smoked for England and wrote more words than Dickens, Wells and Trollope combined. Manchester was his city, even though once he had enough money to move out of Moss …
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George Brown

Is Boris Johnson the most unsuitable foreign secretary Britain has ever had? No. That title belongs to George Brown, the dypso deputy leader of the Labour Party at the end of the ’60s. Private Eye coined the phrase “tired and emotional”, meaning blind drunk, after Brown publicly insulted the wife of the British ambassador to …
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Suffragette City/The Pankhursts

Next walking tour: Sunday 4 July 2021, 11am. Meet: Emmeline Pankhurst statue, St Peter’s Square. Booking: Please press here to book with Eventbrite. It is just over a hundred years (1 December 1919) since a woman entered the British Parliament for the first time. American socialite Nancy Astor won a by-election for the Unionists in Plymouth …
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Winston Churchill’s Manchester

Next tour: No dates as yet. Meet: Visitor Centre, Piccadilly Gardens, time tbc. Was Winston Churchill the greatest Englishman of the 20th century or was he an egomaniac who should be vilified for using poison gas on the Iraqis? Was he the champion of democracy and decency, the main bulwark against the Nazi psychopaths, or …
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Sylvia Pankhurst

* Next tour: Sunday 27 September 2020. * Meet: Emmeline Pankhurst Statue, St Peter’s Square, 2.30pm. * Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite. * 27 September 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of Sylvia’s death which we will be marking with this tour. She was Britain’s greatest female political activist. She led the campaign …
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The Rothschilds and Manchester

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Matt Busby – The Man Who United Manchester

Bob Paisley won more trophies, Bill Shankly made more noise, Alf was better spoken. But nobody commanded more respect than Matt. It may have been the calm air of authority he carried around with him or the fact that he got things done. People looked up to him and did according to his bidding. Matt Busby …
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