Ardwick Heritage Trail

— Activities and Events

Two ‘family friendly’ guided walks took place during February 2009, taking in sites of cultural, historical and architectural significance in the Ardwick area. Blue Badge guide Kate Dibble provided informative talks during the walks, while participants were also able to access a number of the centres for additional talks and guided tours. Each walk was less than a mile in length and lasted approximately two and a half hours. Free refreshments and an arts based activities were available for participants at the final stop on the tour. If you would be interested in attending guided walks in the future please email your contact details to the following address:ardwickheritage@hotmail.co.uk or call Tracey Swann on 0161 455 1012 for further information.

Walk 1 – Sunday 8th February 2009

Meeting at Gaskell House, 84 Plymouth Grove, at 12 noon. Walkers had the chance to see inside the Grade II*-listed Regency-style villa where they were able to follow in the footsteps of previous famous visitors including Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte. From there the walk moved onto the Pankhurst Centre in Nelson Street, where walkers experienced a recreated Edwardian Parlour at the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst. It was in this building that the first meeting of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) was held and the Suffragette movement born. Next stop was the Grade I-listed Holy Name church, that includes a magnificent interior. The church dates back to 1869 and was designed by architect Joseph Aloysius Hansom who also invented the cab which bears his name.
The walk ended at The Manchester Museum where walkers received a guided tour from ‘Victorian Gentleman’ Mr Pye, who explained the exhibits and history of the building. Participants then stopped for free refreshments before heading home.

Photos from the guided walk on February 8th: (click on any picture, it will open up full size on its own – hover your mouse over the picture and you can use arrows at the left and right of the picture to go back and forth through the pictures, you can also use the left and right arrow keys. Alternatively, use the “close” button, and then click on another picture to view it full size.)

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