The life of Evelyn Briggs

One of TV’s most common adverts today is Ray Winstone promoting, or advising safe gambling. In 2013, it was found that the sports match betting industry was worth between £435bn-£625bn each. This is no doubt due to the increase in ways in which people can actually bet. TV’s, laptops, phones, all provide ways in which…

The Manchester Ship Canal Company

The Manchester Ship Canal Company (MSCC) owned and operated the Manchester Ship Canal, a 36-mile waterway connecting the Irish Sea harbour at Liverpool with central Manchester, for over 100 years. Formally opened by Queen Victoria in 1894, the canal is a passage for ships carrying more than 8 million tons of cargo annually. The archive…

Memories of Walkers Part 4 – the War

“Walker Brothers Ltd made a significant contribution to the war effort in the 1940s. Machine shop fans were assembled to serve underground aircraft factories at Corsham near Bath and Drakelow (Kidderminster). In the erection shop there were several marine engines for the Canadian Navy – one for a Corvette, two for a frigate – and…

The Blackley Boy

Like many townships prior to the industrial revolution, Blackley had very few inhabitants. In the middle of the 17th century, Blackley was a meagre village with 107 residents, whereas in 2011, a census stated that there were in fact 13,686 residents in Higher Blackley. Notable residents in that time have been the comedian Bernard Manning,…

The Life of a Spinner

Manchester, partly because of the opening of the first man made canal, came to epitomise the industrial revolution. The canal helped to bring more trade to Manchester’s burgeoning textile industry, But the city wasn’t the primary place for the development of textiles. The textiles were weaved in the north, but spun in the south, and…