Ancoats was once a leafy area of rolling fields; then industrialisation, the changing faces of unrest in Europe and mobilisation of the workforce changed that. In came the entrepreneurial Scots with their mill empire and upsprung a community of able Italian craftsmen and musicians looking to make their fortune in Manchester.
Ancoats is one of the few remaining areas of the City where you really get a feel for what the mill bell ringing at 7 am meant on a cold winters morning with your clogs on and your shawl wrapped around your shoulders. Mixed in with new urban development and some amazing architecture and hidden historical gems.
The tour is lead by Suzanne Hindle of Manchester Guided Tours.