Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 12 February, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for another Helping of History. This week, I’ll be taking a trip to Prestwich.

Prestwich has a rich and fascinating history – so it’s sort of strange that I’ve not really talked much about this on the show before. Now part of the metropolitan borough of Bury, Prestwich’s history is intertwined with that of Manchester, Salford, Middleton and Oldham. Prestwich – or, rather, Prestwich-cum-Oldham – was a significant parish of the Salford Hundred, and the manor was associated with the de Prestwich family (naturally), and the Radcliffes, Hollands and Langleys as well. Many of the surrounding hamlets are remembered in street names in modern-day Prestwich, including Rooden Lane, Poppythorn and Polefield.

So… where to start with the history of Prestwich? I’ve decided not to try and cram in an overview of the entire history of the area. That just wouldn’t be possible on a single show! But, for some reason, my attention has been grabbed by a couple of things (and this says more about me than about Prestwich)… and so I’m going to be taking a look at Prestwich’s history of punishment! From the stocks outside the Church Inn (formerly the Ostrich Inn) to the workhouse and the asylum, I’m going to be having a look at some of the places where punishments were meted out.

In addition to this rather punitive history of Prestwich, you can also hear my review of 2084, an immersive theatre performance at Manchester Central Library (inspired by Orwell’s 1984), and, of course, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers.

Catch the show on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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