Books about Manchester, England
A large city in the north of England, Manchester has a rich industrial heritage and received city status in 1853.
From the late C12th until 1974 this area was part of the large north-west county of Lancashire. Since then it has been the central district of the newly formed (in 1974) ceremonial county of Greater Manchester.
Accounts of the history of Manchester typically begin with the Brigantes, a Celtric tribe whose territory is described as including parts of the centre of modern Manchester as well as some of the surrounding areas. Roman Manchester dates from 79 AD. Records of medieval Manchester include mention of its market in 1282 and the construction of a parish church in 1421. The period of Manchester's history that tends to receive most attention is the manufacuring and commercial activity of the industrial revolution. That can be traced back to the textile industry in the area from the 1500s. Over time the processing of cotton replaced the production of woollen fabrics. By the late 1700s products were exported via canal barges then onwards through the port of Liverpool. The C19th was a time of huge productivity and expansion during which Manchester was the scene of political as well as industrial activity but living was very hard for many people who worked in the factories and supporting occupations.
Modern Manchester is widely considered to be among the most important centres in the north of England. It has long been known for its busy international airport, sports such as football, and cultural activities especially in the fields of music, media and the performing arts.
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