MANCHESTER 1485-1745

This course would run for 3 terms from September 2015 to June 2016.


It will cover Manchester’s history for the period from 1485 to 1745, that is the reigns of the  Tudors, Stuarts and early Hanoverians up to the accession of George III.


Below is a more detailed outline of the topics that I intend to cover during the course.

1.      The origins of Manchester – this would be a part of setting the scene and providing a background to Manchester’s development in 16th, 17th and early 18th centuries. It would include an outline of events that took place during the Roman occupation of the area, the so-called Dark Ages, the effect of the Normans on the town and a look at Mediaeval Manchester.

2.      A brief look at mediaeval Manchester to provide a background to the period including the various definitions of what was called Manchester

3.      The size of the town and its population.

4.      Descriptions of the town

5.      How Manchester was governed throughout the period, namely the Court Leet and what it tells us about the problems facing the authorities, social conditions and the economy. This would cover the period from when the Court Leet records survive in 1552.

6.      Industry and commerce. As with local government this would look at the period as a whole and include the early developments in the textile industry that were, in many respects, the precursors of the Industrial Revolution.

7.      Social conditions throughout the period including the Elizabethan poor law, food supplies.

8.      Education

9.      The church prior to 1640

10.  Manchester’s part in the Civil War

11.  Restoration Manchester including the religious settlement and the rise of non-conformity.

12.  Transport and changes that began to take place during the early 18th century.

13.  Early Hanoverian Manchester 

14.  The Jacobite Rebellions of 1715 and 1745

15.  Manchester on the eve of the Industrial Revolution

At various points, we will examine the influence of Manchester on the surrounding area and look at the lives of some of the prominent Mancunians of the period such as Henry Chetham and Henry Newcombe.


For details of term dates, please see  O & A’s brochure



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