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Angel Meadow: Victorian Britain’s Most Savage Slum by Dean Kirby

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The Friends of the Manchester Centre for Regional History are delighted to invite you ‘Angel Meadow: Victorian Britain’s Most Savage Slum’ by Dean Kirby on Wednesday 19 October 2016 at 6.30pm.

Step into the Victorian underworld of Angel Meadow, the vilest and most dangerous slum of the Industrial Revolution. In the shadow of the world’s first cotton mill, 30,000 souls trapped by poverty are fighting for survival as the British Empire is built upon their backs. Thieves and prostitutes keep company with rats in overcrowded lodging houses and deep cellars on the banks of a black river, the Irk. Gangs of ‘scuttlers’ stalk the streets in pointed, brass-tipped clogs. Those who evade their clutches are hunted down by cholera, typhoid and tuberculosis. Lawless drinking dens and a cold slab in the dead house provide the only relief from this filthy and frightening world. Come along and hear about  how and why this nineteenth-century Manchester slum was considered so diabolical it was re-christened ‘hell upon earth’ by Friedrich Engels.

Please join us for this talk on Wednesday 19 October 2016 at 6.30pm in Room 307, 3rd Floor, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester. All welcome.

Details online at https://www.facebook.com/events/1108117325949161/ No booking required.

Dr Fiona Cosson
Manchester Centre for Regional History
Manchester Metropolitan University