The Demons (and other histories) of Angel Meadow
Sunday, 22 June 2014 from 14:00 to 18:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
"The lowest, most filthy, most unhealthy and most wicked locality in Manchester is called Angel Meadow. It lies off the Oldham Road, is full of cellars and is inhabited by prostitutes, their bullies, thieves, cadgers, vagrants, tramps and in the very worst states of filth and darkness".
-Angus Reach, The Morning Chronicle (1849)
Angel Meadow hides many terrible stories of extreme poverty, hardship, illness and crime. A place to be feared. It is also the site of ghost stories, of the eponymous angels and the demons they faught. It also saw acts of kindness, philanthropy and co-operation, and today is a pleasant park surrounded by regeneration. Our walk will explore the many aspects of Angel Meadow and take a unique look at the stories that have shaped the place. Morag Rose co-founded The Loiterers Resistance Movement who organise unique psychogeographical explorations of Manchester and Steve Millington is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at MMU.
Please note the walk lasts approximately two hours and includes some flights of stairs. We will finish in a local pub for those who wish to share more stories.
PS you may also be interested in this theatrical event from Home (aka the new Library Theatre / Cornerhouse hybrid) Angel Meadow, Tue 10 - Sun 29 Jun 2014, Ancoats Immerse yourself in an adrenaline-fuelled encounter, exhuming an area of Manchester that no longer exists. Angel Meadow, once a steaming, sordid hell on earth at the centre of the industrial world; populated by red eyed scuttling gangs, girl rippers and the displaced Irish. Here lost strangers sought solace, sex and the divine. You and I will be the strangers. See more at: http://homemcr.org/production/angel-meadow