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The Lancashire and Cheshire                
Antiquarian Society

Founded 1883

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On Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 7.00 pm Michael Sanders, Senior Lecturer in 19th Century Writing at Manchester University will speak on Ashton Aesthetics? Working-class poetry in Ashton-under-Lyne from Luddism to Liberalism. There were a number of radical working class poets in Ashton, including John Stafford, “the Charlestown Poet”.

On Wednesday 9 February 2022 at 2.00 pm Professor Nick Mansfield of UCLAN will speak on Thomas Ferriar, Mancunian South American liberator. St Ann’s Church in central Manchester contains a memorial to the Ferriar family. This includes Thomas Ferriar (1785-1821), who was mortally wounded while commanding the British Legion at the crucial battle of Carabobo, under the eyes of Simon Bolivar – ‘the Great Liberator’. This victory secured independence from Spain for Venezuela. Ferriar’s statue figures prominently in the Campo Carabobo national monument. Why did a Mancunian play such a prominent part in the South American liberation movement?

Please contact the secretary for a link for these lectures. All welcome.


We are considering a group visit to the Portico Library in Manchester to hear about the new projects and initiatives taking place there. The Portico Library was opened in 1806 and the 19th century book collection is still housed in its original purpose-built building. It is always worth revisiting this gem of a library and there will be a chance to see some of the special books held there.

Please let the secretary know if you would be interested.


Walk round All Saints Manchester, Saturday 31 July 2021

On Saturday 31 July 2021 Antiquarian Society members enjoyed a walk round All Saints in Manchester led by Terry Wyke. From Grosvenor Square to All Saints. The making and remaking of  a Georgian Square showed us the origins of the area now transformed by the MMU campus. Though planned as an upmarket address for the prosperous encroachment by industry from the city centre soon changed the type of people who were living there, but there were imposing public buildings - All Saints Church, two Presbyterian chapels, the Chorlton-on-Medlock Town Hall and the Manchester School of Art. Terry also showed us the mile marker used by cab drivers to establish the distance to the city centre (now preserved in the School of Art) and the remains of an old synagogue hidden behind Oxford Road.

Walk at the Bridgewater Canal, Sunday 22 August 2021

On Sunday 22 August 2021 Mike Nevell led a walk at the Bridgewater Canal. We met at the Bridgewater Monument on Worsley Green in Salford in brilliant sunshine to go round the village. Mike described the recent excavations on the Green and we saw the surviving workers housing around the village, the canal infrastructure including the grain warehouse, dry docks and the lime kiln. Mike was able to explain the rather strange sculpture at Worsley Delph where he described recent conservation work. It was an illuminating account of the transport system of the Industrial Revolution.


Left: sculpture at Worsley Delph

Right: Mike Nevell

Left: Mile marker at Manchester School of Art

Right:Last Georgian house in All saints square




Other past LCAS events include:

Edge of Empire: Recording the Romans; Wigan, 5 October, 2019

Visit to Bolton Museum, 9 May 2019

Keeping up with the past; 12 May 2018

Catholic history day; Saturday 12 November 2016

Visit to Wardley Hall; Thursday 3 November 2016

Manchester in the Age of Mrs Gaskell; Saturday 28 November 2015

Visit to Clayton Hall;  Saturday 9 May 2015