About Me


Born in Coventry, Chris’s interest in local history was first awakened by a primary school project on the history of the city. After attending King Henry VIII Grammar School in Coventry, he attended Manchester University where he read for a degree in History.

After graduating from University, he joined the staff of Manchester Public Libraries, working in the Local History Department before going on to obtain his professional qualifications. On his return to MPL in 1967, he re-joined the staff of the Local History Library and was the department’s librarian from 1969 to 1973. Between 1973 and 1986, he worked for the Greater  Manchester  Council  providing local historical  information  on a wide range of areas and subjects. Since 1986, he has been a free-lance local historian undertaking research on a many different aspects of Manchester’s history. He has taught many  courses for  Manchester  University Extra Mural Department,  WEA, Manchester  Adult  Education  Department, Wilmslow Guild, and Opportunities and Activities. He  is  still a  frequent  lecturer  on  various  aspects  of  Manchester’s history, and currently runs classes in Didsbury and Fallowfield.

Chris  has   written  and compiled almost 30 books  and  articles  on  the  history  of Manchester  and  is  a  member  of  the  editorial  board  of  the  Manchester  Region  History  Review.  He has also produced over 100 sets of notes for the Alan Godfrey series of Old OS Maps. He is a member of several local organisations and was elected a member of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1986.