Manchester's Radical Mayor: Abel Heywood, the Man who Built the Town Hall
A free history talk by author Joanna Williams
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 of Manchester, 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.
Join Joanna Williams, author of Manchester's Radical Mayor for a free talk about this fascinating Manchester figure.
Joanna 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. She is also wuthor of The Great Miss Lydia Becker and is currently researching the life of Richard Marsden Pankhurst for a further, long-overdue, biography.
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