The Hungarian crisis of 1956 led to many refugees coming to Manchester. Although no book has been written on the efforts made to help these refugees, there is coverage in Box 540 of the newspaper cuttings series (available at the Manchester Room@City Library), and there are references in the 'Council Proceedings' of 1956-57 (pages 1764-1772) and 1957-58 (pages 1626-1633). The Council Proceedings are available at the Greater Manchester County Record Office.
Around 800 refugees were housed at Styal Cottage Homes between 1956-1958. Reference to this made in the Council Proceedings for 1956-1957, 1957-1958 (see above). It is also mentioned in Tony Kusner, Remembering Refugees Then and Now (Unviersity of Manchester, 2006), pp.62-70, which we hold a reference copy of in the Manchester Room@City Library (325 21 KUS(835))
Brief mention is also made in:
- James Stanhope-Brown, A Styal of its own 1894-1964 (C. Pothecary, c1989) (362.732 St)
- W. Crawford, 'A Cosmopolitn City' pp.120-121 in Rich Inheritance: a Guide to the History of Manchester (Manchester Education Committee; Manchester Teachers, 1962), edited by N. J. Frangopulo (942.73 Fr)
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