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Manchester Italian Catholic Procession
Manchester Italian Catholic Procession

Manchester Italian Catholic Procession 1902

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Manchester Italian Catholic Procession 1902

United Kingdom

Though a settlement existed in Roman times, Manchester's Italian community grew in earnest from the early 19th century. Craftsmen, artisans and unskilled workers escaping dire poverty at home flocked to what became known as 'Little Italy': the streets around Ancoats' many Catholic churches. This film records the community at its Edwardian peak, taking part in the annual Whit Walk procession.

Despite a once thriving ice cream industry and the best efforts of Manchester's Catholic Church-led Italian Society, Little Italy would not survive the travails of the 20th century. Two world wars and the slum clearances of the 1960s saw the city centre lose many of its distinctive close-knit communities, in this case one bound together by the combined power of family and organised religion.

Genres

Non-Fiction

Tags

Catholic Church Manchester Parades and Marches

Collection

Sunday Best

Released

1902

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

Mitchell and Kenyon

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