Angel Meadow

Victorian Britain's Most Savage Slum

Dean Kirby

This is the first published history of Angel Meadow, a notorious Manchester slum, described by Friedrich Engels in his 1845 Condition of the Working Class in England (1845). Angel Meadow has frequently appeared in the news in recent years, after archaeologists dug up the site in 2011.

- This is not just a local history, however. Angel Meadow was r
Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
30 black and white illustrations
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781783831524

Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 208
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Step into the Victorian underworld of Angel Meadow, the vilest and most dangerous slum of the Industrial Revolution. In the shadow of the world's first cotton mill, 30,000 souls trapped by poverty are fighting for survival as the British Empire is built upon their backs.

Thieves and prostitutes keep company with rats in overcrowded lodging houses and deep cellars on the banks of a black river, the Irk. Gangs of 'scuttlers' stalk the streets in pointed, brass-tripped clogs. Those who evade their clutches are hunted down by cholera and tuberculosis. Lawless drinking dens and a cold slab in the dead house provide the only relief from this filthy and frightening world.

Manchester Evening News journalist Dean Kirby takes readers on a hair-raising journey through the alleyways, gin palaces and underground vaults of the nineteenth century Manchester slum considered so diabolical it was re-christened 'hell upon earth' by Friedrich Engels in 1845.
Enter Angel Meadow if you dare...


"Dean Kirby manages to provide visual imagery that is vivid and it is chilling. The sense of sadness which waves through you as you read this book knowing that this is not fiction is heavily felt. As is sympathy for the Victorian people, families and children who lived and died in these conditions within one of the most prosperous cities in England. If you are interested in British history, it's criminal past and the Victorian era this will be a satisfying and educational read."

- Crime Traveller

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