North West

09195 Marple Wharf viaduct 142 with 11.03 Manchester Picc - New Mills Central aqueduct IMGP4235Welcome to the North West Regional Group Page. The group was formed in 1958. Although based in Manchester, we cover the geographical areas of North West England and North Wales.

Our aim to provide a varied programme of indoor meetings and outdoor visits to locations or areas which will be of interest to members (and guests) who wish to study, research, or simply explore the history of railways, canals, and industrial archaeology. Copies of the summaries of our events (indoor meetings and outdoor walks) may be found using the links: NW Events Report 2015 and NW Events Report 2016. Notes written to accompany most of the walks are available to members by request by email to Roger Brice, the NW Group Secretary.

We provide a programme of monthly indoor meetings that starts in October and ends in April. The meetings are usually held on the second Saturday in the month at the Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street in central Manchester (see below) and normally commence at 14:00 hours. A voluntary contribution of £2.50 is suggested to help to defray the meeting expenses.

Each month the Group arranges a walk or visit to a railway or canal location (an example is the Sept 2016 canal walk) and occasionally to industrial and transport museums and record offices that have significant holdings of transport-related material. For the past few years we have had an annual rail tour, using scheduled trains (an example is the 2016 rail tour) and a pre-Christmas short walk and lunch (e.g. 2016 Pre-Christmas event). In 2017, as a new venture, we will have a lecture followed a few weeks later by a coach trip and walk – see events listing link below.

Members of other Regional Groups and visitors are welcome to take part in these meetings and visits.

Click here to see North West events

For contact information see the North West Group Contacts page.

Go to the Events Page to see a list of all RCHS events


Location of the Friends’ Meeting House

The Friends’ Meeting House is located at 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS. Mount Street connects Peter Street with Albert Square and is immediately to the rear of the Central Library adjacent to the Town Hall (see Location Map). The nearest Metrolink tram stop is St. Peter’s Square in front of the main entrance to Central Library. Oxford Road and Deansgate railway stations are about about five minutes walk away. The nearest car parks are in Watson Street and Manchester Central (formerly GMEX).