Long Lost Histories: Manchester’s Forgotten Burial Grounds

If Those Walls Could Talk

Manchester has existed as a settlement for well over a millennium, since the Romans established a fort there since 79AD. The market town began to be transformed into an industrial powerhouse from the late 18th century, with the arrival of the Bridgewater Canal and the rise of the cotton industry. The population of Manchester in 1773 was over 22,400; by 1811 it had risen to 89,000 and by 1851 it was over 303,300!

These people lived, worked and died in Manchester. But where was they buried? During the 19th Century there was numerous churches, chapels and grave yards, today I’m going to write about three forgotten burial sites in modern-day Manchester, where you might not realise the dead are literally beneath your feet!

St. Ann’s Church (St. Ann’s Square)

St. Ann's Church, 2015. Source: Own Photograph St. Ann’s Church, 2015.
Source: Own Photograph

St. Ann’s Church is one of the city’s oldest religious buildings, it was built in 1712 and it still…

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