Angel Meadow and the Irk Valley were infamous in Victorian times - cholera, crime, vice, vermin and death were an everyday occurrence
Huge wealth was created in Manchester during the Industrial Revolution but the steam-powered factory system also resulted in thousands of workers living cheek by jowl in slums and cellars, on next to nothing.
We'll visit Scotland and Gibralter, cross the River Irk to see the various Angel Meadow locations that L S Lowry painted, stand in the very place where an England world cup medal winner played football as a boy, with thousands of dead bodies under his feet and wander the narrow streets once known as Irish Town.
Social commentators wrote horrendous accounts of the area: 'Angel Meadow was …the lowest, most filthy, most unhealthy and most wicked locality in Manchester… full of cellars… inhabited by prostitutes, their bullies, thieves, cadgers, vagrants, tramps and in the very worst states of filth & darkness, by those unhappy wretches the low Irish.'
We finish the walk on Rochdale Road close to two fantastic pubs, The Marble Arch and The Angel.
Meet: Victoria Railway Station, under the wall map M3 1WY
No need to book, just turn up on the day.
The Marble Arch pub