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A Place in History

The original Manchester was an old town which has been inhabited from Roman times if not before. The area was part of the lands of the Brigantes tribe which when the Romans came around AD 69 was led by Venutius, they held out agaoinst the invaders for a short while untill being beaten and finaly subjicated.
The Roman General Julius Agricola built a fort between Chester, York and Ribchester to protect the important roads, The fort was constructed just north of the site of present day city in what is now Castlefield (just opposite the the air and space museum) on a hill with the natural defences of the rivers Irwell and Medlock to it's side.

(The first fort would have been built from turf and timber sometime around AD 79, the Romans named it Mamucium. The fort lasted quite a long time, it was expanded around AD 160 and was reinforced with stone around AD 200.)

The Romans and the local Celtic tribe soon found that they each had things to trade with each other, The Celts supplying food leather, wool and iron while the Romans traded imported goods such as pottery, glassware, wines and olive oil. This trade and to a certain extent freindship lead to a settlement soon appering outside the Fort and many romans would have married into the locals and some would have stayed in the area after leaving the army becoming farmers, shopkeepers and crsftsmen.

In AD 410 the romans left Britain and the fort and other roman buildings eventualy fell into ruin and the settlement became smaller.

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Manchester is now a vibrant city with a great deal to see and do.

Greater Manchester

I live in Greater Manchester just outside Oldham and about 5 miles away from the city Centre.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great City, easy to walk round, Great Buildings, Lots to Do and See and it's safe
  • Cons:You can not rely on the Weather!
  • In a nutshell:Manchester is Englands best city by far!!
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  • MacedonianUK's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Happy Birthday!!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I will be in Manchester on Monday, but only for a day! Great tips on things to do!

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2011 at 6:15 AM

    Hi, this is a very interesting page - so many things that are not in my travel book! The Roman fort, Tudor building and Pankhurst Centre sound great.

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    If one has to, one should also bring a large one for me! Gillybob greetings

  • spidermiss's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    Great tips on Manchester! I might check out the Rylands Library when I'm across on Saturday.

  • Myfanwe's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Lovely new tip on the library, it is a really great place isn't it :-) x

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2010 at 1:29 AM

    Helpful tip on hotel & accommodations! Too bad I didn't know about Build-A-Bear when I was visiting in Manchester. Thank you for birthday greetings.

  • davesut's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    It seems such a long time ago, hope to share a beer again soon

  • y2ketan2007's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    A nice page on a truly great city ! Regards.

  • mickeyboy07's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2009 at 7:37 AM

    Nice pics,good tip,great people and a great day

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