St. Michael (Angel Meadow)
The future of the Angel Meadow and St. Michael's burial grounds as a high quality public open space has been successfully promoted by the friends of Angel Meadow (FOAM). FOAM are not simply concerned with the space as a public amenity, but are also concerned to discover and promote an interest in the history of the area. To this end, an important part of their work has been to set up information boards which tell something of Angel Meadow's story.
Now, in association with Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society (MLFHS), FOAM are working on a new project. While the former churchyard of St, Michael was substantially cleared of its memorials, a small number were left in situ as a reminder of the former churchyard. Members of FOAM have been working with MLFHS to discover the histories of those whose names appear on these memorials.
The work, which started in 2013, is coming along well and several families have been researched in some depth. Research has produced a descendant who became Lord Mayor of Manchester and shown family connections in America and Australia. There are also descendants who served in the armed forces in the Great War. Only a few of the memorials have so far been researched and so there are still many stories to be revealed.
The results so far can be seen on the FOAM web site
More information about MLFHS can be found on the society web site.