Researching Hulme

Researching Hulme: Resources


Halls of Residence?

Hulme: a beautiful wooded area, well watered by natural rivers and streams, upon which was built Hulme Hall - a hall of residence of its day.

Gradually the industrial housing of Manchester reached out into these pleaseant avenues and created streets of terraces with Halls of different kinds - dance halls, entertainment halls, church halls. Then another change to modern, concrete halls that swept in curves around green areas, halls that consisted of modern flats and landings.

The greens lost their brightness, the modern 'halls' lost their shine of newness and innovation, and Hulme is now an area of many different parts, housing students and families in modern housing and, as seen from Deansgate in early 2019, attracting a new workforce living close to Manchester City Centre, a return to the 'walk to work' population.

Just eighteen months later after this view was snapped the scene has changed again as more high rise blocks have been completed close to the centre tower.The photograph was taken from Spinningfield on Deansgate, and caught a setting February setting sun turning the tower into gold. 

Researching Ancestors in Hulme

Our main resource is undoubtedly our huge database of over 2,700,000 records!

Anyone can search the database, public results are shown first, and member area results are shown by clicking on the Members heading. To see the results you will have to log in - or join the society - as visitors will only see the number of records in each section. Members can also access our large collection of documents.

Our bookshop is open to all and stocks a wide range of book and CDs, some of which are also available as downloads. A selection of items relating to Hulme is listed below. 

  • From Hulme All Blessings Flow - £4.50:

    H Watkin. Author's childhood in Hulme, including serving as an apprentice at Metropolitan Vickers. Illustrated. A5 96pp.

  • Hulme Memories - £5:

    M Jordan. The author's grandparents came to Hulme in early 19th century when the township was just beginning. Well illustrated with family photographs. A4 44pp.

  • People of Hulme - £6.00:

    Collected by Neil Scott. Recollections of life in Hulme in the 1930s-1950s, by the people who lived, worked and went to school there. Well illustrated. A book full of nostalgia. A4, 87pp.

  • My Father's Eyes. (Neil Richardson) - £3.50:

    F Davies. Recollections of a Hulme man born in 1908 and life with his blind father. Illustrated with photographs.

  • Manchester Hulme St George 1849 - £3.00:

    Godfrey Map Number 38. Hulme, Manchester. 1844 36 inches to 1 mile. Includes; Great Jackson St., Riga St., Medlock St. Glassworks, George St. Chapel, Cambridge St. Mills, Scotch Church Ormond St. Chorlton upon Medlock Union Workhouse, Trinity Church and Zion Chapel on Stretford New Rd., St Wilfred’s R.C Chapel and Burial Ground, Clopton St.

  • Manchester Hulme St George 1849 - £3.00:

    Godfrey Map Number 37. Hulme, St. George's, Manchester. 1849 36 inches to 1 mile Includes; Hulme Hall dry dock, Hulme Hall Bridge over the Bridgewater Canal, Queen St. Wesleyan Methodist School, The Prince of Wales public house, Pryme St./Silver St. Christ Church School and Burial Grounds, Cedar St., Cavalry Barracks, Corbrook Park.