This course will run from the end of September 2015 to the middle of March 2016 (2 terms) and cover Manchester’s history the period roughly from 1485 to 1745, that is during the reigns of the  Tudors, Stuarts and early Hanoverians up to the accession of George III.


At various points we will look at include the influence Manchester had one the surrounding area and the lives of some of the prominent Mancunians of the period such as Humphrey Chetham and Henry Newcombe


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

2.      The size of the town and its population.

3.      Descriptions of the town

4.      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.

5.      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.

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

7.      Education

8.      The church prior to 1640

9.      Manchester’s part in the Civil War

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

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

12.  Early Hanoverian Manchester 

13.  The Jacobite Rebellions of 1715 and 1745

14.  Manchester on the eve of the Industrial Revolution

The first class will be on Wednesday 30th September beginning at 10.30.


The cost will be £50 per term.


Any Question Please contact me by email on




Click here to go back to the talk menu