The Leech Family Diaries

This website is dedicated to a collection of family diaries donated to Chetham´s Library in 2008. A number of students have undertaken work upon this archive, and here we have attempted to produce an interactive resource in order to view this work. In the ´Diary´ section we present the transcribed sections of the diaries, with brief introductions to them. For more about the family members see ´Family´.

This is an outstanding collection of nineteenth-century diaries. Through them we gain an insight into life in nineteenth century Manchester, as well as the hidden life of Victorian middle-class women and children. Eventually we hope to provide diary transcriptions of the entire archive, and hope these diaries can be used by historians within their own research.

The Diaries

Read through the diaries at your own leisure.

The Leech family diaries as E-books


Take a look at the family pictures during the 19th Century.

The Leech family pictures around manchester in the 1900s

The Family

Read about each family member and get to know their story

The Leech family