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Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlainn on a 1980s Gothic Revival

Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlainn on a 1980s Gothic Revival, interviewed by Daisy Brocklehurst. The return of Stranger Things after a three-year hiatus has enveloped the world. Kate Bush is back in the charts, Top Gun is in cinemas, and the rise of the mullet is undeniable. Welcome back to the 80s. It can be…

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An Evening at a Chorlton Death Café

by Daisy Brocklehurst, with thanks to Dr Emma Liggins (Manchester Met), the Special Collections Museum, and Tea Hive Chorlton. On the hottest week of the year so far, in a café in Chorlton, strangers conversed and shared their experiences of death. From the outside it would appear as if this was…

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10 Mysterious Music Venues in Manchester

What’s better than live music? Live music amplified by a layer of darkness and mystery. Manchester has a history of unusual and atmospheric gig venues – from the rough-around-the-edges nature of The Roadhouse to the buzz of the Boardwalk. There still are a number of out-of-ordinary places where you…

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Manchester’s Gothic College: British Muslim Heritage Centre

In the first of a new series of posts on the built and often hidden heritage and design of Manchester, Dr Peter N. Lindfield, Honorary Research Fellow in History at Manchester Metropolitan University, here explores an impressive yet little-known building tucked away in Manchester’s residential…

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Uncovering the history of Manchester’s John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library is a stand-out neo-Gothic building located on Manchester’s busy Deansgate – and as well as it being of significant cultural value, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city centre. But where does the name (and the fame) come from? The Library was founded…

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A History of Manchester's Gothic Clubs

By Aidan Cross Often known for 'Madchester', Fac 51, The Haçienda and Acid House, Manchester’s club culture is not widely associated with Goth as a cultural or musical movement. Yet the city has a very strong and rich history of Goth clubbing and subculture, and so to overlook its Goth clubs would…

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Hidden and alternative places to eat in Manchester

From restaurants right underground to eateries tucked down alleyways, Manchester’s complex network of streets and snickets boasts a variety of alternative places to eat. And by alternative, that doesn’t just mean that the location is unusual – these places often serve exotic cuisine and are…

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A Gothic Guide to Afflecks

Afflecks (often affectionately known as Afflecks Palace) is a cornerstone of alternative culture, as well as Mancunian spirit. Spread across four floors in an ex-drapery business and department store at the heart of the Northern Quarter, here you will find over 100 small and independent businesses…

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Manchester’s Forgotten Burial Sites

There are a number of burial sites and cemeteries in Manchester which have themselves been buried over the years – whether by layers of history or new structures. Here Michala Hulme gives an account of some of the city's secrets: St Augustine’s Catholic Burial Ground, Granby Row 1820-1909 Date…

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Discover Manchester’s Surviving Georgian Gothic on Byrom Street

The twenty-third instalment as part of an ongoing series for Haunt Manchester by Dr Peter N. Lindfield FSA, exploring Greater Manchester’s Gothic architecture and hidden heritage. Peter’s previous Haunt Manchester articles include features on Ordsall Hall, Albert’s Schloss and Albert Hall, the…

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A Tour of Southern Cemetery

In this article Dr Emma Liggins accompanies local guide Emma Fox on a socially-distanced tour of Manchester’s Southern Cemetery. Emma Fox has been delivering her highly-informative ‘Show Me Manchester’ Tours for a number of years and considering Covid-19 Pandemic measures, she is currently offering…

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Moving Manchester’s ‘Tudor’ Shambles

The twentieth instalment as part of an ongoing series for Haunt Manchester by Dr Peter N. Lindfield FSA, exploring Greater Manchester’s Gothic architecture and hidden heritage. Peter’s previous Haunt Manchester articles include features on Ordsall Hall, Albert’s Schloss and Albert Hall, the…

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The Zenith of Manchester’s Gothic: Chetham’s Library

The nineteenth instalment as part of an ongoing series for Haunt Manchester by Dr Peter N. Lindfield FSA, exploring Greater Manchester’s Gothic architecture and hidden heritage. Peter’s previous Haunt Manchester articles include features on Ordsall Hall, Albert’s Schloss and Albert Hall, the…

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A Hotchpotch of History: Sacred Trinity, Salford

The seventeenth instalment as part of an ongoing series for Haunt Manchester by Dr Peter N. Lindfield FSA, exploring Greater Manchester’s Gothic architecture and hidden heritage. Peter’s previous Haunt Manchester articles include features on Ordsall Hall, Albert’s Schloss and Albert Hall, the…

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St Chad’s, Rochdale: Where Medieval and Victorian Gothic Collide

The fifteenth instalment as part of an ongoing series for Haunt Manchester by Dr Peter N. Lindfield FSA, exploring Greater Manchester’s Gothic architecture and hidden heritage. Peter’s previous Haunt Manchester articles include features on Ordsall Hall, Albert’s Schloss and Albert Hall, the…

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The Real Cost of Heritage: Preserving our Gothic Buildings

The fourteenth instalment as part of an ongoing series for Haunt Manchester by Dr Peter N. Lindfield FSA, exploring Greater Manchester’s Gothic architecture and hidden heritage. Peter’s previous Haunt Manchester articles include features on Ordsall Hall, Albert’s Schloss and Albert Hall, the…

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Wait! What? St Philips, Salford, is a Gothic building? Never!

The eleventh instalment as part of an ongoing series for Haunt Manchester by Dr Peter N. Lindfield FSA, exploring Greater Manchester’s Gothic architecture and hidden heritage. Peter’s previous Haunt Manchester articles include features on Ordsall Hall, Albert’s Schloss and Albert Hall, the Mancunian…

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Gothic Beyond Architecture: Manchester Cathedral

The ninth instalment as part of an ongoing series for Haunt Manchester by Dr Peter N. Lindfield FSA, exploring Greater Manchester’s Gothic architecture and hidden heritage. Peter’s previous Haunt Manchester articles include features on Ordsall Hall, Albert’s Schloss and Albert Hall, the Mancunian…

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Manchester’s Modern Gothic in St Peter’s Square

The seventh instalment as part of an ongoing series for Haunt Manchester by Dr Peter N. Lindfield FSA, exploring Greater Manchester’s Gothic architecture and hidden heritage. Peter’s previous Haunt Manchester articles include features on Ordsall Hall, Albert’s Schloss and Albert Hall, the Mancunian…

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A Hidden Gem in Salford: Arlington House, Bloom Street

The sixth instalment as part of an ongoing series for Haunt Manchester by Dr Peter N. Lindfield FSA, exploring Greater Manchester’s Gothic architecture and hidden heritage. Peter’s previous Haunt Manchester articles include features on Ordsall Hall, Albert’s Schloss and Albert Hall, and the…

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