In 1879, Miss Jessie Heywood, herbalist and youngest daughter of Abel and Ann Heywood, left her home in Manchester and set sail to join her beloved sister Jane in New Zealand, where she took up her post as a librarian and so began her adventures.
Jessie Heywood's Gin Bar Manchester
The sisters soon became fellow companions in their merry pursuit of all things herbaceous and botanical.
Jessie regularly posted assorted packages of curious specimens and anthropological artefacts to the Manchester Museum. Her gusto for sending donations, was such that the museum soon ran out of space in its own storage vaults and so asked the family for help.
Her fortuitous brother, Abel Heywood Junior, began housing the rejected specimens. He carefully catalogued the artefacts and cultivated the seed specimens in an unused upstairs room of the family book shop, one day hoping to open up the room and proudly showcase the extensive collection of curio, flora, fruit and foliage on a wonderous public.
The damp atmosphere of the Manchester weather and the heat generated by the book shops gas-lights made for perfect propagating conditions and the specimens flourished.
Some 120 years later, when a fragrant floral perfume wafted through the book shop, the curious staff opened up the door to discover the exotic collection.
The spirit of Jessie and her South Pacific discoveries are clearly reflected in the spectacular hand-picked selection of food and drinks offered here.
Jessie Heywood's Gin Bar Manchester