Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 15 October, 12-2pm

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

Inspired by a conversation at the Cheetham and Crumpsall Heritage Society recently, I felt like taking a closer look at the history of Strangeways. This area of North Manchester – often discussed as a sub-district of Cheetham – fascinates me, but it’s not somewhere I know a lot about. I decided to delve in and find out more. And I’m going to share my favourite story about the area on Tuesday’s show!

So far, the story that has most interested me is that of Mrs Margaret Taylor, a woman whose family leased Strangeways Hall in the late eighteenth century. Mrs Taylor operated a boarding school for genteel young ladies at the hall, but she also wrote a book outlining what she believed were the important aspects of education for charges such as hers: An easy introduction to general Knowledge and liberal education; by Mrs Taylor: for the use of the young ladies, at Strangeways Hall, Manchester. I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about Mrs Taylor (with the help of some ‘easy introductions’ from some excellent books and websites) on the show!

In addition to this, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers. And I’ll have a special announcement about a new show on North Manchester FM as well!

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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