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Manchester Meeting at Cross Street Chapel

5 March, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

£5 – £6


Ancoats – The World’s First Industrial Suburb
    A talk by Elizabeth Sibbering (Sibby)
The talk will explore the development of the area from the 1700s through Victorian industrialisation to modern times. It will examine the terrible conditions experienced by workers, both at work in the cotton mills and in their own homes; the immigrant groups who settled in Ancoats; other industries of the area; and the efforts at improvements made from Victoria times onwards. This talk is particular interest to anyone who has read Mary Barton as Ancoats is mentioned as the place where the Wilsons lived and is also close to the cellar dwelling where the Davenports lived in such squalor.
Sibby is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced  Manchester Tour Guide,  so we can be sure of an entertaining meeting.
N.B. This talk replaces the one previously advertised, which has had to be postponed:   the speaker, Jean Bailo is no longer able to join us for this meeting, but hopes to give her talk to us at some time in the future
Doors open at 1 pm. so that anyone who wishes can have a quick sandwich lunch The chapel provides tea and coffee for a small donation
The talk will begin at 1:30pm. The meeting closes at 3pm
The cost will be Members : £5     Non members:£6
              All are welcome





5 March
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
£5 – £6
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Cross Street Chapel
Cross Street
Manchester, M2 4WG United Kingdom
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