Manchester Group AGM and talk: The Rylands and the Longford Estate by Richard Bond; Saturday 25 January 2020 at Stretford Town Hall
In keeping with our aim of visiting Victorian venues being saved for and used by the community, our next AGM will be held at Stretford Public Hall. This hall was built by John Rylands and opened in 1878 for the specific use of the community. John and Enriqueta Rylands lived at the nearby Longford Park. In 2015 Stretford Public Hall was taken over by the Friends of Stretford Hall to restore it and maintain its community use: there is more information about its activities on its website stretfordpublichall.org.uk.
Richard Bond is a retired archivist who worked for twenty years for the Archive and Local Studies Collections of Manchester Central Library. He is now Chair of the Friends of Longford Park and has researched the Park's history extensively. The Rylands' home, Longford Hall (demolished in 1995) and estate were sold to the local council and Richard's talk will aim to reveal some of the hidden stories of the Rylands and their estate.
1 45pm for 2 pm
Stretford Public Hall
Stretford M32 0LG
Cost: AGM free; talk £5
No need to book