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The Lonely Cottages: Ancoats March 28, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
The Lonely Cottages: Ancoats

Beachcombing has a bit of a thing about unsuitable placenames: placenames that may once have been efficient but that by now are simply inappropriate. A favourite example of this is Ancoats in central Manchester. Ancoats for those who have never had the chance to walk on its dirty cobbles was once one of the most […]

Giant Caterpillar Outside Manchester, 1850! November 16, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Giant Caterpillar Outside Manchester, 1850!

This appeared in a northern British newspaper in 1850 relating to the Manchester area. The monster, so long the object of such contradictory reports, is now proved beyond doubt to be a real living creature. He has been seen on shore by hundreds of spectators, having originally, it is supposed, come up the Bridgewater Canal. […]

Indecent Lifting and Heaving May 6, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
Indecent Lifting and Heaving

Beach recently came across the custom of ‘lifting’ for the first time courtesy of Invisible and Two Nerdy History Girls (an excellent blog should you get the chance). The girls describe an instance of lifting in Shrewsbury. This is part of the relevant extract: the full extract is to be found chez Nerd following the […]