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Books About Manchester (1 of 2)

A Bibliography of Manchester Books

The lion’s share of the following list of
books and publications formed the basis of reference sources
used in compiling this website. Others have been added later
as they are discovered and material updated. We recommend them
as good starting points for further reading and research about
the City of Manchester and wider Northwest region of England.
If you know of or are the author of other books that you feel
ought to be listed here, please contact us directly by email.

Please note that some of these books
may by now be out of print.


"A&G Murray and the Cotton Mills of Ancoats"
Murray and the Cotton Mills of Ancoats”

"Manchester from the Air" by Jonathan Webb of Webb Aviation Aerial Photography
from the Air”

Underground manchester by Keith Warrender

"A History of Manchester" by Stuart Hylton
“A History of Manchester”

"A Portrait of Manchester" by Len Grant
“A Portrait of Manchester”

"Cotton Mills of Greater Manchester" by Mike Williams and D A Farnie
“Cotton Mills
of Greater Manchester”

Manchester 2005″

"Images of England: Clayton & Openshaw"
“Images of England:
Clayton & Openshaw”

"The Buildings of England: South Lancashire" by Professor Nikolaus Pevsner
“The Buildings
of England:
South Lancashire”

"Manchester: a Guide to Recent Architecture"
a Guide to
Recent Architecture”

The Hacienda Must be Built
“The Hacienda
be Built”

Haunted Manchester

Manchester - an Architectural History
“Manchester – an
Architectural History”

Manchester - a Guidebook
“Manchester – A Guidebook”

Manchester - Town & City Histories
“Town & City Histories – Manchester”

Guide to Manchester
“Guide to Manchester”

Food & Drink Guide to Manchester
“Food & Drink Guide”

Exploring Manchester
“Exploring Manchester”

“A Walk Around
Manchester Statues”

The Making of Victorian Salford by  R L Grenall
“The Making
of Victorian Salford”

"Around the M60 - Manchester's
the M60 – Manchester’s Orbital Motorway”


‘The Official Story of Manchester United & the Irish’
by John D T White & MYFC
Limp cover published by Simon & Schuster in November 2011.
ISBN 978-0-85720-644-2.
The full story of the Irish and Manchester United, featuring Irish
footballers from the early days in Newton Heath, through the Busby
Babes and up to modern times at Old Trafford.

& G Murray and the Cotton Mills of Ancoats”

by Ian Miller and Chris Wild.
Paperback published in June 2007 by Oxford Archaeology (Lancaster
ISBN 978-0-904220-46-9. The findings of a systematic archaeological
survey of one of the most important steam powered cotton spinning
mills by Adam and George Murray at the end of the 18th century.

from the Air”

By Jonathan Webb.
Published 2007 by Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-557-9.
Hardback 167 pages. Jonathan Webb of Webb Aviation Aerial Photography
spent four years assembling hundreds of aerial photographs of
Manchester and Salford. From this collection, over 100 images
have been chosen for the book to show some of the most interesting
views of the city and its buildings. Aerial Stockport and Liverpool
books also available.


by Keith Warrender.
Published Nov 2007 (Paperback) by Willow Publishing. ISBN 9780946361410
First hand accounts of entering forgotten routes beneath Manchester.
Details of the ‘Guardian’ nuclear bunker. Discoveries of crypts,
waterwheels, ‘lost’ rivers, caverns and mines. Rumours of buried
treasure and many other subterranean secrets revealed. Website:

History of Manchester”

by Stuart Hylton.
Published in 2003 by Phillimore & Co. Ltd, Chichester, West
Sussex, England.
ISBN: 1 86077 249 4. (Hardback). A new history of Manchester from
Roman times to the present, including the birth and growth of
the industrial city, living and working conditions and modern

Portrait of Manchester”

by Len Grant.
Published in 2004 by Halsgrove, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6SS. (Hardback).

Email: Website:
ISBN: 1 84114 380 4. A glossy photographic essay on the modern
city by award winning photographer. Some accompanying texts by
the author.

“Cotton Mills in Greater Manchester”
by Mike Williams with D A Farnie, Greater Manchester Archaeological
Unit in association with the Royal Commission on the Historical
Monuments of England. Published in softback cover 1992 by Carnegie
Publishing Limited, Lancaster LA1 4SL. Website:

ISBN: 0 948789 89 1.
A comprehensive account of the mills of the region copiously illustrated
with graphic drawings, schematics and period photographs as well
as detailed text accounts of construction and histories. A major
reference work.