Hulme, Manchester, late 19th century. Home to Bernie's Irish family and in the vicinity of Mrs Franklin's secret lesbian ball. Hulme was mostly made up of Irish and other immigrants. ."on the very edges of the packed terraces of Hulme. An area which like Ancoats was home to the many factory and mill workers, a great deal of the city’s Irish being housed ..the terraces looked dense and despicable enough but in no sense could they be deemed as bad as some of the courts in Ancoats."