Thank you for visiting my website. Here you will find some of the untold stories and hidden histories relating to some wonderful old buildings, some still standing and others are long gone.
I am currently a PhD candidate and Associate Lecturer in the history department at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have often walked around, gazing up at historic buildings and wondered the usual ‘who lived here?’ or ‘what did this used to be?’. Fortunately, my academic background as a social historian means I have the skills to research these buildings and in 2015 I started this website to share my findings with everyone else who has ever pondered these same questions.
My research largely focuses on the Manchester and Greater Manchester region, although this is always expanding. A particular feature of this website and of my academic research concerns houses (or former houses). The house and everything tied up within it has always fascinated me. The quote by Daphne du Maurier at the bottom of this page sums this up nicely.
Getting In Touch
Should you wish to get in touch with me, please use the contact form in the menu bar or leave a comment. This feature then sends me an email, which I can follow up.
Should you wish to share your own comments or memories of a particular building then please leave a comment too! It is always lovely to hear from people who have a personal connection to a building or site.
“Who can ever affirm, or deny that the houses which have sheltered us as children, or as adults, and our predecessors too, do not have embedded in their walls, one with the dust and cobwebs, one with the overlay of fresh wallpaper and paint, the imprint of what-has-been, the suffering, the joy?
– Daphne du Maurier, Myself When Young (1977)