Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 18 September, 12-2pm

Tune in to North Manchester FM on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History. This week, I’m going to be talking about a near-forgotten but utterly captivating figure of North Manchester history – Miss Mary Taylor of Moston. (You may remember that I introduced Miss Mary very briefly at the end of last week’s show.)

A member of the Taylor family of Moston, Miss Mary lived much of her life at Crofter’s House on what is now Moss Brook Road, now the home of the Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’ Home. A lover of the countryside, and of the health-giving properties of fresh air, Miss Mary was a well-known figure around nineteenth-century Moston. She was also a very intelligent woman: she studied for a time with scientist John Dalton, who spoke highly of her ‘mental abilities’, and was known for her botanical knowledge.

I’ll be introducing Miss Mary and talking about what we know of her long and colourful life. I’ll also be reading a few excerpts from a 1905 book: Moston Characters at Play, by John Ward. The first chapter of Ward’s book includes an unofficial census of Moston taken by Miss Mary in 1841 – an invaluable snapshot of the area at the time.

There’s definitely something about Mary…

In addition to this, I’ll be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers. And you can pit your wits against the Who Am I? quiz – just how well do you know North Manchester’s landmark buildings?

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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