Yorkshire N, W & E

Discover Amazing Women by Rail

Cheshire, Yorkshire, Lancasire and Greater Manchester

Discover Amazing Women by Rail

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Discover Amazing Women by Rail invites you to leave your car at home and use the train (along with buses and trams) to explore the fascinating, and often hidden, histories of women who lived and worked in areas along the Mid Cheshire and Calder Valley railway lines. From writers, artists and sportswomen to campaigners, suffragettes and politicians, this booklet will introduce you to both familiar and forgotten names. Read their captivating stories alongside our suggested itineraries that allow you to walk in the footsteps of these amazing women and discover the interesting places you can visit connected to their history. You’ll be spoilt for choice with suggestions including Chester Zoo, Tatton Park,The Pankhurst Centre, Shibden Hall, People’s History Museum and Brontë Parsonage. This booklet focuses on inspirational stories of women throughout history who have connections based around the Mid Cheshire and Calder Valley railway lines.The Mid Cheshire Line starts from Manchester Piccadilly and travels via Stockport and Altrincham through to Chester.The Calder Valley Line starts at Manchester Victoria and journeys to Leeds and Bradford, in addition to Blackburn via the Todmorden Curve. It is significant that Manchester is common to all these railway lines as Manchester has many firsts: home to the first passenger railway line run entirely by steam locomotives, the beginning of the militant suffragette movement and home to many other important women who fought the fight for equality. Throughout this project we have been uncovering more and more hidden histories and inspiring stories of women throughout the area.

Visit website: amazingwomenbyrail.org.uk/

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