North West Geography

Volume 1, 2001

A field-based approach to integrating catchment and river channel processes

G. L. Heritage, A. Chappell and A. D. Thomas,
Division of Geography, School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford.

The paper provides a methodology for teaching and learning of catchment landform and processes and their linkages to the dynamic behaviour of river channel form and process. Fieldwork is described. An overview is provided of the processes and landforms in the study area.
The paper is focused on teaching and learning. In addition it emphasises the need and importance of research into two key areas: (1) the spatial and temporal variation in sediment sources and their direct linkage to channel change using tracer studies; (2) the quantification of sediment-borne heavy metal contamination in the river channel and the efficacy of current engineering works in reducing contaminated sediment transfer to the channel and enhancing channel stability.

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Esker formation and the nature of deglaciation: the Ballymahon Esker, Central Ireland

Catherine Delaney,
Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University.

The Ballymahon esker, central Ireland, is one of a series of eskers formed shortly after a drumlinising event towards the end of the last glaciation. It lies within a belt of composed of segments, each of which comprises a narrow, sharp-crested ridge composed of coarse-grained sediments leading down-ice to a flat-topped terminus. The segments are interpreted as subglacial tunnel/channel to ice-marginal ‘beads’, deposited sequentially as the ice margin retreated. Tunnel/channel deposits underlie the esker remnants, indicating that short-lived drainage routeways existed to either side of the main routeway during ice margin retreat. The evidence indicates that deglaciation in this area was characterised by stagnation-zone retreat, rather than mass in situ downwasting of the ice.

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Research report on Irish Nationalist Processions in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Manchester

Mervyn Busteed,
School of Geography, University of Manchester.

This is a report on an ongoing research project into aspects of remembering and identity amongst Irish migrants in Manchester in the last decades of the nineteenth and the first years of the twentieth century. In 2000 Manchester Geographical Society kindly awarded me a grant which was used to begin reading into the subject and start gathering empirical data.

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The North West in Maps

Ordnance Survey 25 inch maps: Rochdale (South), 1908

Paul Hindle,
Manchester Geographical Society.

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Representing regional life: the place discourses of Granada Tonight

Mark Banks,
Department of Geography, Lancaster University.

This paper analyses a regional news bulletin in order to illustrate the ways in which media discourse may contribute to popular understandings about place and social relations. Initially then, the programme Granada Tonight is shown to buy into dominant and conventional discourses about North West ‘reality’ and, as such, reaffirm the historical ‘othering’ of North West culture in the regional and national psyche. However, the same text is then shown to be the site for resistant or oppositional ideas that undermine conventional discourse and encourage a more pro-active North West political culture.

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Recreational users of Lake District bridleways: conflict or camaraderie?

Andrew J. Dougill,
Department of Geography, University of Salford.
Matt Stroh,
School of Geography, University of Leeds.

In recent years the use of upland British bridleways has increased. It has been suggested that conflicts exist between the ‘new’ user group of mountain bikers and more ‘traditional’ users, and that the presence of mountain bikers denudes the sense of wilderness for which many traditional users visit upland areas. This study investigates the extent and type of conflict between different users on upland bridleways in the Lake District. Through semi-structured interviews it is found that rather than ‘getting away from everything’, the presence of like minded ‘outdoor’ people is an important element of many peoples’ enjoyment of upland bridleways, and that this camaraderie can overcome user group differences.

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“I shall never return to Hibernia’s bowers” Irish migrant identities in early Victorian Manchester

Mervyn Busteed,
School of Geography, University of Manchester.

This paper interrogates the text of five broadside ballads dealing with Irish concerns in early Victorian Manchester. By way of introduction, there will be a discussion of the significance of soundscapes in Geography, with particular reference to Political Geography. The origin and nature of broadside ballads will then be examined and the history and geography of Irish migrant settlement in Manchester discussed. Five recurring themes which emerge from a ballad collection printed in the city will be analysed, and it will be argued that they reveal a people caught between two contrasting culture worlds.

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Reconstructing the history of heavy metal pollution in the southern Pennines from the sedimentary record of reservoirs: methods and preliminary results

Laura Shotbolt, Andrew D. Thomas, Simon M. Hutchinson,
Telford Institute of Environmental Systems, University of Salford.
Andrew J. Dougill
School of the Environment, University of Leeds.

Although the southern Pennine uplands have experienced industrially derived heavy metal pollution for almost two hundred years, an historical analysis of its depositional record has not yet been undertaken. The area has no natural lakes but has many reservoirs, and despite the potential for sediment disturbance due to fluctuating water levels, reservoir sediments can be used as a record of heavy metal pollution. A methodology for the selection of reservoirs with undisturbed sedimentary records, and the verification of sediment stratigraphy is proposed. Preliminary results of metal analysis from the Howden reservoir indicate trace metal contamination with Zn > Pb > Cr > Ni = Cu.

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The influence of the Gay Village on migration to central Manchester

Paul Hindle,
Department of Geography, University of Salford.

Contemporary migration into city centres is linked to redevelopment, gentrification and changing lifestyles. The population of Manchester’s city centre had fallen to only 800 in 1991, but had increased sixfold by 1999. A survey of single male households in the city centre suggested that about one quarter of the households are headed by gay males. Most of these males are young, arrived in the 1990s, and were attracted by the Gay Village. A further one quarter of the households are headed by ‘straight’ males who have many similar characteristics. However, both these groups are different from the pre-existing population of the city centre. This movement of young males to the city centre is seen as a pioneer migration, in which the role of gay men is significant.

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The North West in Maps

Ordnance Survey One Inch Maps:
Rossendale 1895

Paul Hindle,
Manchester Geographical Society.

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Volume 24, Number 1, 2024

Rebecca Holland and Patrick Byrne,
Spatial and Temporal Variability of Road-Deposited Sediment (RDS) Within the Greater Manchester Urban Conurbation, UK.

Kimberley Peters,
Geography H2O: Compounding Water Studies.

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Volume 23, Number 1, 2023

James Watts,
“Carrying with her a most influential and intelligent audience.” Women Lecturers, the British Empire, and the Manchester Geographical Society, 1884-1920.

Rachael Jones,
The changing face of Whalley Nab, Lancashire: A naturalistic and cultural landscape.

Ian Douglas
Obituary: Nigel Lawson 1941-1922.

Steve Rigby
Book Review ‘Are mathematicians human?’ Alan Turing’s Manchester. By Jonathan Swinton

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Volume 22, Number 2, 2022

Jonathan G.A. Lageard and Eleanor A. Robinson,
An investigation of subfossil Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) from Curlew Lane, Lancashire.

Volume 22, Number 1, 2022

Andrew Taylor,
Mapping the city: One man’s contribution to city centre maps.

Dr Samantha Wilkinson and Dr Catherine Wilkinson,
Not a hair out of place? Embracing messy positionality when researching the geographies of hair in Greater Manchester.

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Volume 21, Number 1, 2021

Haseeb Mahmood and Robert Sparkes,
Spatio-temporal analysis of the potential toxicological burden of pollutants in a fluvial system, the River Irwell, Manchester, through anthropogenic activities (present and historical) and natural mechanisms.

Rachael Jones,
Reconstructing the late-nineteenth century landscape and natural habitats of south west Accrington using the artwork of Thomas Frederick Worrall (1872–1957).

Osborne, A.W., Keightley, A.T., Ingleby, E.R., Longden, M.T., Rogers, A.V., Steel, D. and Davies, M.C.,
From bare peat desert to nature reserve within ten years: a review of restoration practice on Little Woolden Moss, Manchester, UK.

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Volume 20, Number 1, 2020

Thomas A.G. Smyth, Ella Thorpe and Paul Rooney,
Blowout Evolution Between 1999 and 2015 in Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve, England.

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Volume 19, Number 2, 2019

Rory Scott and Neil Entwistle,
Toward a protocol for UAV surveying in Environmental Sciences.

Philip D. Hughes, Matt D. Tomkins and Andrew G. Stimson,
Glaciation of the English Lake District during the Late-glacial: a new analysis using 10Be and Schmidt hammer exposure dating.

Volume 19, Number 1, 2019

P J Murphy,
The Vaccary Walls of Wycoller, Pennine East Lancashire – a geologist’s view.

Paul Hindle,
Book Review. Manchester – Mapping the City, T. Wyke, B. Robson & M. Dodge.

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Volume 18, Number 2, 2018

Brian Robson,
Mapping the Rise and Fall of Ancoats Hall.

William J. Fletcher and Peter A. Ryan,
Radiocarbon constraints on historical peat accumulation rates and atmospheric deposition of heavy metals at Holcroft Moss, Warrington.

Ian Douglas
Obituary: Kieth Sutton 1943-1918

Volume 18, Number 1, 2018

Michael Hardman, Rebecca St. Clair, Richard Armitage, Veronica Barry, Peter Larkham and Graeme Sherriff,
Urban agriculture: evaluating informal and formal practices.

Samantha Wilkinson and Catherine Wilkinson,
‘Working from home’: academics and Airbnb, an autoethnographic account.

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Volume 17, Number 2, 2017

K. R. Butt and P. D. Putwain,
Earthworm community development in organic matter-amended plots on reclaimed colliery spoil.

Jonathan Lageard, Lizzie Bonnar, Thomas Briggs, Simon Caporn, Emma Clarke, Chris Field, Callum Hayles, Anna Keightley, Graham Smith, Lydia McCool, Peter Ryan and Tor Yip,
Educational potential of peatlands and prehistoric bog oaks in Lancashire and adjoining region.

Brian Robson and Nick Scarle,
Bury in 1831: a newly-discovered early plan of the town.

Jennifer O’Brien,
A–Level Geography Workshop — a funding report.

Volume 17, Number 1, 2017

Richard Payne
Fieldwork is good – but why?

Kathy Burrell,
Stories from “The World in One City”: Migrant Lives in Liverpool.

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Volume 16, Number 1, 2016

Cathy Delaney and Oliver Sikora,
Evidence for Paleolake Rawtenstall around Stacksteads, Upper Irwell Valley, Rossendale, U.K.

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Volume 15, Number 2, 2015

Rodolfo Alves da Luz, Nigel Lawson, Ian Douglas and Cleide Rodrigues,
Historical sources and meandering river systems in urban sites: the case of Manchester, UK.

Volume 15, Number 1, 2015

Irene Delgado-Fernandez, Matthew McBride, Rachel Platt and Mark Cameron,
Sefton Coast’s vulnerability to coastal flooding using DEM data.

Simon J. Cook, Toby N. Tonkin, Nicholas G. Midgley and Anya Wicikowski,
Analysis of ‘hummocky moraine’ using Structure-from-Motion photogrammetry

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Volume 14, Number 1, 2014

Peter Wilson and Tom Lord,
Towards a robust deglacial chronology for the northwest England sector of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet.

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Volume 13, Number 2, 2013

Brian Robsom,
John Wood’s town plans and the evolving urban hierarchy of Cumbria.

Volume 13, Number 1, 2013

Peter Wilson,
Did a glacier exist in the valley of Bleatarn Gill, central Lake District, during the Loch Lomond Stade?

Mark Toogood and Hannah Neate,
Preston Bus Station: Heritage, Regeneration, and Resistance

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Volume 12, Number 1, 2012

Claire Smith and Nigel Lawson,
Exceeding climate thresholds: Extreme weather impacts on the environment and population of Greater Manchester.

Philip D. Hughes, Roger J. Braithwaite, Cassandra R. Fenton and Christoph Schnabel,
Two Younger Dryas glacier phases in the English Lake District: geomorphological evidence and preliminary 10Be exposure ages.

Jonathan Darling, Ruth L Healey and Lauren Healey,
Seeing the City anew: Asylum Seeker perspectives of ‘belonging’ in Greater Manchester.

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Volume 11, Number 2, 2011

Peter Wilson,
Re-interpretation of the ‘relict protalus rock glacier’ at Grasmoor End, northwest Lake District.

Volume 11, Number 1, 2011

Ramirez, F. A., Armitage, R. P., Danson, F. M., and Bandugula, V.,
Characterising phenological changes in North West forests using terrestrial laser scanning: some preliminary results.

Peter Wilson,
The last glacier in Dovedale, Lake District.

Colin Richards,
Thomas Jeffery’s Map of “The County of Westmoreland” (1770): an evaluation of its contribution to understanding late eighteenth century landscape.

Richard J. Payne,
Meteors and perceptions of environmental change in the annus mirabilis AD1783-4.

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Volume 10, Number 2, 2010

Richard J. Payne,
The ‘Meteorological Imaginations and Conjectures’ of Benjamin Franklin.

M Cross,
The use of a field open-sided direct shear box for the determination of the shear strength of shallow residual and colluvial soils on hillslopes in the south Pennines, Derbyshire.

Paul Hindle,
Continuing change: Manchester Geographical Society, 1998-2010.

Paul Hindle,
Book reviews.

Volume 10, Number 1, 2010

C. A. Delaney, E. J. Rhodes, R. G. Crofts, and C. D. Jones,
Evidence for former glacial lakes in the High Peak and Rossendale Plateau areas, north west England.

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Volume 9, Number 2, 2009

Gary Warnaby,
Changing Representation of the Industrial Town: an analysis of official guides in Bury from 1925.

Derek Antrobus,
Three Stories of Salford: transformation, identity and metropolitan peripheries.

Volume 9, Number 1, 2009

Chris Perkins,
Placing golf.

Ian Whyte,
The Impact of Parliamentary Enclosure on a Cumbrian Community: Watermillock, c. 1780-1840.

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Volume 8, Number 2, 2008

Charles Rawding,
Changing Land Use in North East Lancashire during the Second World War.

Volume 8, Number 1, 2008

Mervyn Busteed,
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Irish Manchester, 1825-1922.

Nigel Lawson and Sarah Lindley,
A deeper understanding of climate induced risk to urban infrastructure: case studies of past events in Greater Manchester.

Chris Perkins and Martin Dodge,
The potential of user-generated cartography: a case study of the OpenStreetMap project and Mapchester mapping party.

S. Watkins and I. Whyte,
Extreme flood events in upland catchments in cumbria since 1600: the evidence of historical records.

Andrew M. Folkard,
Temperature structure and turbulent mixing processes in Cumbrian lakes.

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Volume 7, Number 2, 2007

Richard D. Knowles and Adwoa A. Ametepe,
Bus Patronage, Bus Deregulation and Ten Year Transport Plan Targets in Gateway Cities: the case of Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

Volume 7, Number 1, 2007

Kevin R. Butt and Emma J. Chamberlain,
Distribution of earthworms across the Sefton Coast sand dune ecosystem.

Peter Wilson,
Kirkby Fell rock slope failure.

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Volume 6, Number 1, 2006

Charles Rawding,
East Lancashire housing markets.

Fabienne Carraz, Kevin G. Taylor, Stefan Stainsby and Davina Robertson,
Contaminated urban road deposited sediment (RDS), Greater Manchester, UK: a spatial assessment of potential surface water impacts.

Human or Physical? People and Places of Edge Hill,
New Book.

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Volume 5, Number 1, 2005

David W. Shimwell,
Evidence for the vegetation and habitat of the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) in the Loch Lomond stadial of north-west England.

Paul Hindle,
The tram roads of the Manchester Bolton & Bury canal

Chris Perkins and Anna Z.Thomson,
Mapping for health: cycling and walking maps of the city.

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Volume 4, Number 1, 2004

Paul Hindle,
Large scale plans of Manchester.

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Volume 3, Number 2, 2003

Richard D. Knowles and Adwoa A. Kevin R. Butt, Christopher N. Lowe and Tim Walmsley,
Monitoring earthworm communities in translocated grasslands affected by the construction of Runway 2 at Manchester Airport.

Volume 3, Number 1, 2003

Charles Rawding,
Agricultural practices and state intervention during the Second World War: a case study of South West Lancashire.

Dawn Nicholson,
Breakdown mechanisms and morphology for man-made rockslopes in North West England.

Catherine Delaney,
The last glacial stage (the Devensian) in North West England.

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Volume 2, Number 2, 2002

Ian Whyte,
Whose Lake District? Contested landscapes and changing sense of place.

Chris Perkins,
Tactile mapping quality: the Manchester experience.

Paul Hindle,
Ordnance Survey 25 inch Maps of Lancashire.

Chris Perkins,
Stockport Green A-Z, Section 1: Brinnington, Reddish and the Heatons.

Volume 2, Number 1, 2002

Richard Phillips,
Exploring an imperial region: North West England.

A. D. Thomas, A. J. Dougill, K. Berry and J. A. Byrne,
Soil crusts in the Molopo Basin, Southern Africa.

M. E. J. Cutler, J. McMorrow and M. Evans,
Remote sensing of upland peat erosion in the southern Pennines.

Paul Hindle,
The North West in Maps: Thomas Donald’s map of Cumberland, 1774.

Wilfred H. Theakstone,
‘Manchester’ by Clare Hartwell.

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Volume 1, Number 2, 2001

G. L. Heritage, A. Chappell and A. D. Thomas,
A field-based approach to integrating catchment and river channel processes.

Catherine Delaney,
Esker formation and the nature of deglaciation: the Ballymahon Esker, Central Ireland.

Mervyn Busteed,
Research report on Irish Nationalist Processions in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Manchester.

Paul Hindle,
The North West in Maps: Ordnance Survey 25 inch maps – Rochdale (South), 1908.

Volume 1, Number 1, 2001

Mark Banks,
Representing regional life: the place discourses of Granada Tonight.

Andrew J. Dougill and Matt Stroh,
Recreational users of Lake District bridleways: conflict or camaraderie?

Mervyn Busteed,
”I shall never return to Hibernia’s bowers“ Irish migrant identities in early Victorian Manchester.

Laura Shotbolt, Andrew D. Thomas, Simon M. Hutchinson and Andrew J. Dougill,
Reconstructing the history of heavy metal pollution in the southern Pennines from the sedimentary record of reservoirs: methods and preliminary results.

Paul Hindle,
The influence of the Gay Village on migration to central Manchester.

Paul Hindle,
The North West in Maps: Ordnance Survey One Inch Maps – Rossendale 1895.

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