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- MANCHESTER is my home city. Its name comes from Mamuciam , the Latin for “breast like hill”, or the Brthyonic for “mother”, and the Old English ceaster ––“Roman fort”, itself from the Latin castra ––“fortified
- It is both a city and a borough in the county of Greater Manchester. Manchester borough borders Trafford, Salford, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside, Stockport, and Cheshire East, which is the only border outside of Greater Manchester.
- It is home to several natural habitats, including Blackley Forest, Clayton Vale, Chorlton Water Park, Debdale Park, Heaton Park, the Irk Valley, the Medlock Valley, the Mersey Valley, and Wythenshawe Park. Nico Ditch, which travels from Tameside at Denton, into Stockport borough at Reddish, and then into the borough of Manchester borough at Gorton, ends in Stretford. It is a Scheduled National Monument.
- Before it became Mamucium under the Romans, the area was held by a Celtic tribe known as the Brigantes . In more modern times, it was the centre of the Industrial Revolution. Manchester was built primarily on cotton, and gained the nickname ‘ Cottonopolis ’. Therefore, it gained much of its fortune via the enslavement of African people.
- In contrast it is associated with fighting for human rights, as seen the recent Peterloo film, about the 1819 Peterloo Massacre. Manchester is also the birthplace of the Suffragettes Lydia Becker, and Emmeline, Christabel, Sylvia, and Adela Pankhurst.
- Other notable Mancunians include: Anthony Burgess (author), Norman Foster (architect); Howard Jacobson (author), Wes Brown (footballer), Darren Campbell (athlete), Karl Pilkington (comedian), and John Thaw (actor).
- The codebreaker Alan Turing lived in Manchester after World War 2. The engines in the planes that flew in the war were made in Manchester by Rolls Royce, which was founded in the city.
- Its rich musical heritage varies from the Hallé Orchestra, Chetham’s School of Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music, to acts like The Stone Roses, Oasis, Happy Mondays, A Guy Called Gerald, Doves, and Bugzy Malone.
- The band New Order, Alan Erasmus, Rob Gretton , and the impresario Tony Wilson gave the city Factory Records, and the infamous club, FAC51: The Haçienda Wilson is quoted as saying “every generation builds its own cathedrals”.
- Manchester Cathedral was built in 1421. St Mary’s Mulberry St aka the ‘Hidden Gem’, the main Roman Catholic Church in Manchester was built in 1848.
- The borough has around 500 thousand residents. It has a Labour controlled council, and 5 Labour MPs in Blackley and Broughton, Manchester Central, Manchester Gorton, Manchester Withington, and Wythenshawe and Sale East.