Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 19 March, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m taking a closer look at the history of Newton Heath.

Specifically, I’m taking a look at a book about the history of Newton Heath: H.T. Crofton’s A History of the Newton Chapelry in the Ancient Parish of Manchester, including Sketches of the Townships of Newton with Kirkmanshulme, Failsworth and Bradford, but Exclusive of the Townships of Droylsden and Moston (Chetham Society, 1904). Quite the mouthful, eh?

It’s surprising that I haven’t read Crofton’s History of the Newton Chapelry before. The equivalent history book for Blackley by Rev. John Booker (which Crofton references in his own work) has been an invaluable source for me, and I’ve referred to it a few times on the show. However, while Booker’s Blackley is generally a rather formal survey of the churchs and halls of the township, Crofton’s Newton reveals a different side to North Manchester life. While he gives sufficient time to the power families and landowners who owned Newton, Crofton also spends a bit of time outlining some of the quirkier tales of Newton Heath’s past.

On this week’s show, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite bits of Crofton’s book. Tune in to the show if you want to find out… where Monkey House was… how Scutch Buttock got its name… why Rev Matthew Sedgwick was known as ‘muscular Christian’… and all about the bizarre portraits that once hung in Culcheth Hall.

In addition to this wander through Crofton’s Newton Heath, I’ll also 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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