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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.
Manchester is now a vibrant city with a great deal to see and do.
I live in Greater Manchester just outside Oldham and about 5 miles away from the city Centre.
- 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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