Articles by: annebeswick

Clayton Hall

Clayton Hall

Clayton Hall Clayton Hall is a medieval manor house with its own tram stop. It has a wonderfully romantic half-hidden past. Extensive land in the area was granted to the Clayton family by one of the de Grellys who were Lord of the Manor from the early 12th century. I […]

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Invisible Heroes

Invisible Heroes

Invisible Heroes Alasdair Rawsthorne. An invisible hero in Manchester THERE IS A STORY THAT many Manchester guides tell about Alan Turing. After his work at cracking the Enigma code in World War II, Turing came to Manchester and worked on the first stored-programme computer, the first modern computer.  While here […]

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1996 And All That

1996 And All That

1996 And All That Jean Bailo As Euro 2016 kicks off, more than a few people will be remembering 20 years ago when Manchester was one of the host cities in Euro 96. 1996 was a memorable year for Manchester, from its post Victorian heyday the city was in the […]

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Oh poo!

Oh poo!

Oh poo! Anne Beswick Manchester has a lot of sexy stuff going on. We’re well known for music, culture, sport and ‘ow to ‘ave a party but apart from all that glam stuff, even our scientists are sexy. There’s Brian Cox with his unfocused male gaze and floppy hair for […]

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Event update: Castlefield’s Roads, Canals & Rail

PLEASE NOTE John Doughty’s talk on Castlefield’s Roads, Canals and Rail will be at 6.30pm on Thursday May 5th at Central Library (Not on May 12th as on calendar) Come and hear John’s fascinating tales of the original transport hub of Manchester FREE

The Flowers of Manchester

The Flowers of Manchester

The Flowers of Manchester Anne Beswick The Chapel of the Manchester Regiment is one small part of Manchester Cathedral. It’s a beautiful and tranquil place to visit and is just minutes from the bustling city centre.   The Manchester Regiment has a long and proud history, some of which can […]

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Atomic Manchester – The Centre of the Universe

Atomic Manchester – The Centre of the Universe

Atomic Manchester – The Centre of the Universe Anne Beswick Anne Beswick Atoms were made in Manchester.  Well, not quite, let’s be both honest and scientific about this; it’s not true and our position as European City of Science this year will not allow such lies because science is all […]

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Manchester’s Woman Statue

Manchester’s Woman Statue

Manchester’s Woman Statue by Jean Bailo ….and the winner is…. Emmeline Pankhurst! After nominations, short lists, voting, the result was finally announced. The first woman to be immortalised by a  statue in her honour (after Queen Victoria) in Manchester in 100 years will be the founder of the Suffragettes, Emmeline Pankhurst. Could […]

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The Gift of Socks

The Gift of Socks

The Gift of Socks Anne Beswick So how many useless presents did you get this Christmas? How many times did you tear away the paper, say “Oh, lovely”, smile with your mouth then try to change the subject? “Glass of something Aunty Susan? What can I get you?” Rubbish presents […]

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Our GloriousTown Hall

Our GloriousTown Hall

  Our Glorious Town Hall Jean Bailo We have so many great buildings in Manchester, but one of my favourites has to be the Town Hall. Dominating Albert Square, it’s actually our second Town Hall, built in part to provide employment for unemployed cotton workers at the time of the Cotton […]

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