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Famine influx and residential clustering
Angel Meadow
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From 1845 to the early 1850s there was a rapid growth of Irish numbers in Manchester as refugees from the famine sought relief. The cause of the famine was the fungus phythophthora infestans, commonly referred to as 'blight'. This chapter focuses on Angel Meadow, a long-lived Irish neighbourhood on the northern side of the city. It examines the rapid build-up of the resident Irish population of the city in the late 1840s and discusses the spatial distribution of the Irish in the network of streets set back from the main roads of the Angel Meadow study area. Underlying the concern for the living conditions and health of the inhabitants of such districts was a multi-layered fear of total societal breakdown, verging at times on moral panic. The pattern of residential segregation that emerged in mid-century lies in a combination of economic resources, the Manchester context and Irish social solidarity.

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