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This part of Manchester holds an enormous and rich heritage; The birth place of the Manchester Art Gallery opened in Ancoats as the Manchester Art Museum by Thomas Horsfall.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Manchester United began life as NewtonHeath Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Football Club playing in the area for over 20 years.Brian Kidd and 1966 world cup winner Nobby Stiles, both legends of the game in their own right were born in Collyhurst, along with a world champion flyweight boxer Jackie Brown.

Well, I never knew that.

Miles Platting meanwhile was offering up one of their own to the world of politics and theatre, with the two times Cannes Jury Prize winning Play-Write Jim Allen. Jim’s first play was directed by Ridley Scott whose films have gone on to win 9 Oscars with over 30 Academy Award nominations.Jim Allen went onto work with Ken Loach who won the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2006 for the The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Changing the world on your doorstep.

Ancoats Dispensary established the world’s first clinic dedicated to the treatment of fractures. Coupled with Manchester’s first x-ray department a specialist Aural department and physiotheraphy in the 1920s Ancoats became a world leader not only in industry but health care. It’s innovations were not just in health. The capacity for Ancoats Dispensary to be a Manchester, UK and international leader in health care was largely due to local workers establishing a Workpeople’s Fund Committee ensuring the institution was without debt.

A Work of Art…or two.

The dispensary and part of Newton Heath were captured by LS Lowry in his respective paintings; Ancoats Hospital Outpatients Hall and Going to Work capturing workers walking to the Mather & Platt stainless steel foundary in Newton Heath.

Sing aloud, sing it proud.

More recently St Peter’s Church in Ancoats has become home to the Hallé Orchestra, Hallé Youth Orchestra, Hallé Choir, Hallé Youth Choirs and Hallé Children’s Choir and East Manchester is developing further it’s focus on sport following on from the Commonwealth Games Legacy.