|Jersey Street, 1910|
The articles are well researched, well written and thought provoking.
I had hoped that at some time the blog would focus on Manchester and today it has.**
"Manchester has been described as the ‘shock city’ of the Industrial Revolution and if you lived in Ancoats it was, indeed, pretty shocking. Ancoats was the world’s first industrial suburb – factories and workshops cheek by jowl with mean terraces of back-to-back working-class housing and courts."
So as I always say rather than tell you about the story I just suggest you read it yourself.
"Municipal Dreams celebrates the efforts and achievements of our early municipal reformers.
These men and women dreamed of a better world.
But this was a dream built in bricks and mortar; an idealism rooted in the practical power of the local state to transform lives and raise the condition of the people.
This is a modest attempt to record their story and set that record straight.
This isn’t a crudely party political blog but, at a time when the local state and directly provided public services are under unprecedented attack, the lessons of the past seem relevant.
In other words, this is not an exercise in nostalgia but a reminder that it doesn’t have to be this way.
I would welcome comments, suggestions and assistance in adding to this record of municipal dreams wherever they were dreamed and however they took shape.
Well I have left my comment.
Pictures; Jersey Street, Maria Street Passage to Royal Oak Inn J.Jackson 1910, m10281, Ancoats, Angel Street, 1900, S.L. Coulthurst, m08798, Rochdale Road, S.L. Coulthurst, 1900, m41073, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council
*Municipal Dreams, http://municipaldreams.wordpress.com/about/
**Municipal Housing in Manchester before 1914: tackling ‘the Unwholesome Dwellings and Surroundings of the People’