The Gangs of Manchester Tour
You thought gangs were a modern problem? Not so. During the last three decades of the 19th century, the slums of industrial Manchester and Salford were the battle ground for gangs of violent youths called scuttlers. The ‘dangerous game called scuttling’ involved fighting turf wars that left many injured, maimed and sometimes dead. Their uniform of brass tipped clogs, bell bottom trousers, long soaped down fringes with angled caps, Burberry-like scarves and belts with a heavy buckle said “we’re ready for a fight”; typically a ‘seething mass of sixty lads fighting with sticks, stones and belts’.
Walk the streets where they fought and hear Andrew Davies’ The Gangs of Manchester brought to life. Explore the rise and fall of this earliest recorded instance of a youth culture that emerged from the slums of industrial Manchester and Salford.
Lead by Emma Fox of Manchester Guided Tours it finishes in the award winning Marble Arch pub, Rochdale Road, where books signed by Davies will be available for purchase.
Where do we meet?
Meet inside the Barton Arcade at Pot Kettle Black cafe, M3 2BW.
Barton Arcade lies between Deansgate and St. Ann’s Square.
Where does the tour end?
At the Marble Arch pub on Rochdale Road.
Is there an age limit to enter the event?
No, the tour is suitable for anyone able to walk, including down some steep steps, and stand for two hours.
Is this tour suitable for wheel chair users?
As this walk takes in some uneven ground and steep steps, unfortunately it is not suitable for wheelchair users, people with mobility difficulties or young children.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Victoria Train and Metrolink station are five minutes walk away from Baron Arcade. Parking is available at Manchester Arena, or close to the Marble Arch pub..
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Please contact Emma Fox firstname.lastname@example.org or 07500 774200.
Do I need to print my ticket out and bring it with me?
No, Emma will have your name on a list.
Who are Manchester Guided Tours ?
We are the largest group of qualified, insured, professional Manchester Green Badge and North West Blue Badge tourist guides working in Manchester