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Historical interest: Manchester

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Manchester began when a wooden fort was built by the Roman army on a plateau about a mile south of the present cathedral in about 80AD. The Romans called it Mamuciam (breast shaped hill). Soon a civilian settlement grew up around the fort, however in 407 the Roman army left Britain and the civilian settlement disappeared. In 7th century the Saxons created a new village. The Saxons called any Roman town or fort a caster, therefore they called the old fort at Manchester Mamm caester. In 919 the king repaired the old Roman fort as a defence against the Danes and named it Castlefield.

Things changed in the 12th century as the population of the country grew and trade and commerce increased rapidly. The village of Manchester was made into a town in the early 13th century, and the Lord of the Manor, Robert Grelly, built a manor house nearby. In the year 1222 Manchester was granted the right to hold an annual fair, which attracted buyers and sellers from all over Lancashire. In the late Middle Ages water from a spring was brought along elm pipes to a conduit in the town where the townspeople could fetch water. The spring gave its name to Spring Gardens and Fountain Street. Manchester became famous for wool, cotton and silk.

In the late 18th century the industrial revolution began and the population of Manchester soared. The town continued to be famous for manufacturing wool, cotton, linen and silk. St Anns church was built in 1712 and a quay was built on the Irwell River in 1735. One of the most notorious episodes in Manchester's history occurred on 16 August 1819. Eleven people died and more than 600 were wounded by hussars called in to disperse a crowd listening to radical speakers at St. Peters field. Bitterly the people called the massacre Peterloo after Waterloo.

Throughout the 19th century Manchester's infrastructure improved. From 1828 horse drawn buses ran in the streets. In 1830 a railway to Liverpool opened. The Royal Institution for the promotion of Literature, Science and the Arts was built in 1829 and was made an art gallery in 1882. A natural history museum opened in 1835, while in 1846 the first public parks were created; Peel Park, Queens Park and Phillips Park. The church of St Mary was made a cathedral in 1847, and a tower was added in 1868. In the early 19th century Manchester became world famous as a manufacturing centre. Wool, silk and cotton were manufactured and vast numbers of working people worked 12 hour days in the mills. There was also a paper making industry and iron foundries. In 1894 the Manchester ship canal opened, turning Manchester into an inland port.

During World War II and again in 1996 (by IRA bombs) the centre of Manchester was devastated and rebuilt. Tourism also became an important industry in the late 20th century. Many edutainment attractions were constructed, and Castlefield was turned into an 'Urban Heritage Park', including a reconstruction of the Roman Fort. From the 1970s a Chinatown grew up in Manchester, and both the Chinese Arch and Chinese Arts Centre were built in 1987.

Selection of hotels in this region:

The Midland Manchester (Room only)

The Manchester Whitehouse Hotel

Alias Hotel Rossetti

The Midland Manchester

Princess on Portland

Great John Street Hotel

Radisson Edwardian Manchester

Quality Hotel Manchester Central Park

Mitre Hotel

Arora International Manchester

Travelodge Manchester Central

Marriott Worsley Park Hotel & Country Club Golf Package

Travelodge Manchester North (Birch)

Golden Tulip Manchester

Britannia Hotel

Le Meridien Victoria & Albert

Jurys Manchester Inn

Sachas Hotel - City Rooms

Sachas Hotel

Novotel Manchester West

Britannia Hotel

Menzies Avant Hotel

The Place Apartment Hotel

Village Hotel & Leisure Club, Bury

Renaissance Manchester

Bower Hotel

Somerset Atrium

Copthorne Hotel Manchester

Le Meridien Palace

Gardens Hotel

De Vere Mottram Hall

Jarvis Piccadilly Hotel

Quality Hotel - Manchester East/Sport City

Marriott Worsley Park Hotel & Country Club

Village Hotel & Leisure Club, Hyde

Village Hotel & Leisure Club, Cheadle

Malmaison Manchester

Express by Holiday Inn Manchester East

The Lowry

Tulip Inn Trafford Centre

Novotel Manchester Centre

Old Trafford Lodge

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