Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 8 February, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m going to be talking about some early twentieth-century Corporation housing in Blackley.

Inspired by a conversation with my dad about the post-war prefabs in Heaton Park, I got to thinking about Corporation housing in Higher Blackley. ‘Council housing’ is something we usually associate with the post-war years, but Manchester Corporation was building ‘workers’ homes’ way before 1945. And a lot of it was in Higher Blackley. On today’s show, I’m going to be talking about one of the early Corporation estates in Blackley, the area around Victoria Avenue and the ‘model cottages’ constructed at the beginning of the twentieth century. I’ll also be discussing some of the ambitions (and problems) of this estate in the years 1901-1914.

In addition to this, I’ll also be taking my regular look through Yesterday’s Papers. The Who Am I? quiz is currently on hiatus, but I’ll be sharing some of my plans for A Helping of History in the coming year.

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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