Walks and Talks – Cottonopolis

  • Sunday | 19.02.12
  • 1.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • FreeEntry


A fascinating talk on the rise of Manchester as the first great city of the Industrial Revolution. With free entry and a 2-4-1 meal offer it’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

In 1760 Manchester had a population of some 17,000 souls, with a large percentage of the working population engaged in the textile industry, at the time mainly the production of fustian, mixture of cotton and linen yarns. Over the next fifty years as the population grew ever more quickly, Manchester began to see the rapid rise of the new factories, soon occupying a whole area of the town and never without a willing workforce. Change happened in a way never before experienced and this new industrial revolution spawned the first major industrial city, called by many ‘Cottonopolis’.

In this illustrated talk revisit the streets and factories of Cottonopolis and find out ‘why did it happen in Manchester?’

Hosted by Jean Bailo

Jean Bailo is a Blue Badge Guide of Manchester and the North West. She qualified as a guide in 1996 for Euro 96 and works in and around the city with local groups and overseas visitors. Her walks/talks cover the women of Manchester, UMIST, the Co-op, Japanese Influences, the Town Hall and you can see them all on www.manchesterguidedtours.com 

The talk will begin at 2pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open from 12pm for delicious food and drinks.

Special 2-For-1 Meal Offer! Buy one meal and receive the second absolutely free!