Category: radical walking tour of Manchester

radical history walks on weekends in August in Manchester and Ashton

I will be doing the following walks on weekends  in August. The cost of each walk is £8.

Advance booking is strongly recommended as places are limited. To reserve places or  for more information, please email  me:

Saturday 19th August. The Real  Story of  the Peterloo Massacre,  16 August 1819

Meet at 11.30am, by the statue of  Richard Cobden, St Ann’s  Square

The  Peterloo Massacre of 16th  August 1819 was Manchester’s most traumatic political event. A peaceful crowd of men, women  and children, numbering tens of thousands, was attacked without warning  by the miltary, resulting in many deaths and injuries. This walk will explore the background to the Massacre,  setting it in the context of  the radical  movement of the late C18th and early C19th and the Manchester food  riots of 1812. At the end we  will follow the events on the day on the place where Peterloo took place.

Sunday 27th August. Radical  Ashton-under-Lyne.

Meet at 11.30am by  the Town Hall steps. Market Square.

This walk will explore a number of episodes in Ashton-under-Lyne’s radical past,  including the political career of socialist and suffragette Hannah Mitchell,  the Chartist Rising of 1848, the  Bread Riot of 1863, the Anti-Irish Riot of 1868 and  the formation of the Co-operative movement.  This walk will be a fund raising walk for The Poor Side of Life blog, written by Charlotte Hughes.