Walks and Talks
This page is divided into two sections;
1. Walks and talks provided by All Things Considered (Martin Gittins)
2.Walks and talks by other providers which I think may be of interest.
All Things Considered
In recent years I have been developing a number of talks and guided walks related to the history of Crumpsall, Cheetham and other parts of North Manchester. I can also offer talks on The Peterloo Massacre, The Middleton Pace Egg Play and other Easter Traditions and, given reasonable notice, The Early History of St. Chad's Cheetham, Manchester's Catholic Mother Church.
Below you will find brief outlines of each talk/walk and links to the accompanying books where available.
To find out when walks ortalks are taking place, or to book a walk or a talk for a group email
From The Green - 1
A GUIDED WALK INTO THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF CRUMPSALL. (WILTON RD. HOLLAND RD. CRUMPSALL LANE)
This circular walk of about 2 miles starting and ending at Crumpsall Green will explore what Crumpsall may have looked like a hundred and fifty years ago, and how it has changed in the intervening time.
On the way discover ancient boundary walls, imagine former farm buildings and grand houses and locate the sites of significant buildings long-since gone.
The walk, starting and finishing from The Cleveland Hotel car park, takes about 2 hours, at a leisurely pace and at the end there is an opportunity to view some old photographs and maps of the places visited, and to slake the thirst at The Cleveland Hotel.
From The Green - 2
A GUIDED WALK INTO THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF CRUMPSALL. (MIDDLETON ROAD, WILTON POLYGON, RECTORY ROAD)
The second walk in this series explores the south side of Crumpsall Lane, visits the site of an ancient toll gate and sees how the agricultural appearance of Crumpsall gave way to the houses of wealthy merchants with their grand gardens.
Once again this walk is easily completed within two hours, and starts and finishes at the Cleveland Hotel car park.
From The Green - 3
A GUIDED WALK INTO THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF CRUMPSALL. (STATION RD, SEYMOUR RD, THOMAS ST. CRAVENWOOD RD)
'The Flicks', A castle, and broken biscuits from Woolworth's; The Egertons, The Wiltons and Earl Grey; The cemetery that disappeared and the grave of England's greatest archer all in a two hour stroll.
As with all the walks 'From The Green' begin and end at The Cleveland Hotel car park.
From The Green - 4
IN DEVELOPMENT - walk number 4 will cover LANSDOWNE ROAD, MOSS BANK, CRESCENT ROAD AND ASHTREE ROAD
From The Green - 5
IN DEVELOPMENT - walk number 4 will cover CRUMPSALL PARK, CRUMPSALL HOSPITAL, AND THE CLEVELAND ROAD AREA.
Away From The Green - 1
IN DEVELOPMENT - In order to complete the story of Crumpsall a further two walks will cover the areas further away from The Green. The first will start at the junction of Cheetham Hill Road and Greenhill Road and cover the area from there to Alms Hill Road, and back via Woodlands Road and Greenhill Road.
Away From The Green - 1
IN DEVELOPMENT - The final section will start in front of St Anne's church and cover the area now occupied by The Abraham Moss Centre and the lower part of Crumpsall along Hazelbottom Road to Blackley Village and back up Delauneys Road.
Walks Organised By Others.
Before the area is re-developed Legendary Manchester tour guide Jonathan Schofield will lead a series of 'behind the scenes tours of Mayfield Depot, Manchester's lost station.
Abandoned for years Mayfield depot is now poised for redevelopment as U+I and the Mayfield Partnership transform 24 acres of central Manchester into one of the most exciting urban areas in the kingdom.
The tours include a visit into one of the great jaw-dropping interiors in the north of England, Mayfield Station Depot. This is epic civil engineering from 1910 where mighty iron columns stretch into the distance. It’s almost as though a scene from a fantasy or sci-fi movie has come to rest in the city. It never fails to astonish those who enter. Each tour will also take a trip up the huge brick causeway to the lofty platforms of the former station with their equally impressive engineering.
The tour covers the rich history and background of Mayfield and throws in a trailer for one of the very first Zombie movies from 1970s, The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, featuring one of the former buildings on the Mayfield site. Daft zombies aside, there are love stories, drama and tales of raw industrial power, plus lots of humour. This is a very complete tour which also looks at the future of the site.
For a full list of dates and times, and to book your tickets visit;