History of Manchester's Suburbs
The Illustrated History of Manchester’s Suburbs shows, through a fine selection of photographs from
the huge collection at Manchester Central Library,
how countryside, farms and villages developed into
the urban streets, residential areas, shopping districts
and industrial estates that are so familiar today.
In the course of the last 150 years, the outskirts
of the city have been transformed, and they have
expanded, in a way that would astonish Mancunians
of just a few generations ago.
In this detailed and fully illustrated account of
the suburbs, Glynis Cooper offers a concise history
of each district, but she also features local anecdotes
and myths and folklore, and she remembers remarkable,
sometimes bizarre episodes and notable individuals
who played their part in the story. Her survey will
be essential reading and reference for everyone who
takes an interest in their neighbourhood and in the
complex, surprising history of the city itself.
Manchester evolved over the centuries, gradually
at first, then with a great spurt of growth during
the 19th and early 20th centuries. Small villages
on the peripery were first gently touched by the
city’s sprawling fingers and then consumed
by the need for industrial expansion, workers’ houses,
civic buildings and amenities.
This book gives us a keen insight into the development
of each district and into the relentless expansion
that created new communities and absorbed the old.