Manchester's Radical Mayor

Abel Heywood, The Man Who Built the Town Hall
 
 
The History Press
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 1. September 2017
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  • 256 Seiten
 
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978-0-7509-8526-0 (ISBN)
 
Known in his day as the man who built the Town Hall, Abel Heywood was a leading Manchester publisher who entertained royalty at his home and twice became Mayor of Manchester. Yet before he found success his life was one of poverty and hardship, marked by a prison term in his pursuit of a free press. A campaigner for votes for all and social reform, Heywood attempted to enter Parliament twice, but his working-class origins and radical ideas proved an insurmountable obstacle. As councillor, alderman and mayor, he worked passionately and tirelessly to build the road, railway and tram systems, develop education, improve the provision of hospitals, museums and libraries, better the living conditions of the poor, and make Manchester a great city. Going beyond the experiences of one man, this book explores the wider political, cultural and class context of the Victorian city. It is an honest tale of rags to riches that will appeal to all who wish to discover more about the dramatic history of industrial Manchester and its people.
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JOANNA M. WILLIAMS is a native of the Manchester area and studied History at the University of Manchester at undergraduate and postgraduate level. After lecturing for the Department of Extra-Mural Studies, she taught history at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. Her fascination with the nineteenth century stemmed from her sixth-form teaching, and she has gone on to achieve a lifelong ambition by publishing this, her first biography.
  • Intro
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Figures
  • Abbreviations
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • 1 In the Shadow of Peterloo: Genesis of a Radical
  • Manchester, 'Shock City'
  • Young Abel
  • The Manchester Mechanics' Institution
  • The Owenite
  • Free press crusader
  • 2 The Chartist: National Notoriety
  • The 1832 election
  • Chartist leader
  • Defender of the free press
  • 3 The Businessman
  • Newspaper wholesaler, printer and publisher
  • Paper and wallpaper
  • New ventures
  • Abel Heywood & Son
  • 4 The Radical Liberal (1840-64)
  • Corn Law repealer and shopkeepers' leader
  • Social campaigner
  • Foreign affairs
  • 5 Police Commissioner, Town Councillor and Alderman (1836-62)
  • 'Incorporate Your Borough!'
  • Police commissioner (1836-43)
  • Town councillor (1843-53)
  • Alderman (1853 onwards)
  • 6 Political Aspirations: The Would-be MP (1859)
  • Liberal campaigner
  • Candidate
  • The election
  • Aftermath of defeat
  • 7 Mayor of Manchester (1862-63)
  • Election as mayor
  • The cotton famine
  • The royal marriage
  • Mayoral duties
  • Social campaigns
  • 8 The Emergence of the Liberal Elder Statesman (1860-76)
  • The council
  • The royal visit of 1869
  • Social campaigns
  • The Fenians
  • Foreign affairs
  • Free trade
  • Mortalities
  • 9 'Old Blazes': The 1865 Election
  • Reform agitation
  • The candidate
  • The election
  • The Second Reform Act 1867
  • The united Liberal party
  • 10 The Respectable Family Man
  • First marriage and children
  • Elizabeth Salisbury Heywood
  • The Albert memorial
  • Life in Bowdon
  • The Cromwell statue
  • Elizabeth's death
  • Religion
  • 11 The Building of the New Town Hall
  • The idea
  • The site
  • The competition
  • Construction
  • The bells and the clock
  • The final stages of construction
  • Artistic decoration
  • The organ
  • The first council meeting
  • Naming the 'municipal palace'
  • 12 Mayor of Manchester and the Inauguration of the Town Hall (1876-77)
  • Mayoral duties
  • Social and political campaigns
  • Foreign crises
  • The opening of the new Town Hall: the invitation to the Queen
  • The opening ceremonies
  • The end of the mayoralty
  • 13 Swansong (1878-93)
  • Council role
  • Social, cultural and political campaigns
  • Manchester Liberal
  • Bereavements
  • Honours and recognition
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Picture Section

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