The Scuttler Gangs of Victorian Manchester Guided Walking Tour
You thought gangs were a modern problem? Not so. During the last three decades of the 19th century, the slums of industrial Manchester and Salford were the battle ground for gangs of violent youths called scuttlers. The dangerous game called scuttling involved fighting turf wars that left many injured, maimed and sometimes dead. Their uniform of brass tipped clogs, bell bottom trousers, long soaped down fringes with angled caps, Burberry-like scarves and belts with a heavy buckle said were ready for a fight; typically a seething mass of sixty lads fighting with sticks, stones and belts.
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