Manchester, they do things differently. First said by Tony Wilson otherwise known as ‘Mr Manchester’, the often-named Capital of the North is the 2nd largest city in the UK after London and is known as a hotbed of British history and culture.
Here are some of the features which define Manchester as one of the UK’s best and most important cities historically and in the present era.
It began as a Roman fort in AD 79.
Manchester has been responsible for many of the world’s most technological advances and cultural landmarks which can all be traced back to one Roman fort named Mancuniam way back in AD 79. Its citizens are known as ‘Mancunians’ in relation to this.
It’s most linguistically diverse city in Western Europe.
With a population of 2.5 million people, 200 languages are spoken in Manchester, reinforcing the fact it is a true international city. It has the second largest Chinatown in the UK and the third largest in Europe, containing many Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Malaysian restaurants amongst others.
It is the football capital of the world!
Football defines Manchester and it’s a known fact Manchester United are one of the biggest and most successful football clubs in the world. They compete regularly with local rivals Manchester City in the Premier League in one of the fiercest derby games in English football. The National Football Museum is also located in Manchester which preserves and contains football memorabilia.
It was the world’s first industrial city.
Manchester has a rich industrial heritage and had a huge role in Britain’s Industrial Revolution in the 19th Century. Fact is, the city was referred to as Cottonopolis because of its role in the cotton industry and was also famous for its textile manufacturing.
The atom was split in Manchester.
This was a major scientific breakthrough that shaped how we all live our lives today. In 1911, Ernest Rutherford was able to split the atom and create a new scientific discipline of nuclear physics. He did so whilst in the Chair of Physics at Manchester University.
It’s famous for its music scene.
Many of the UK’s best musicians and bands have originated from Manchester including Oasis, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Stone Roses and The 1975. Many of these bands amongst others formed part of the ‘Madchester’ music scene during the 1980s/90s. Two famous symphony orchestras are also from Manchester, those being the Halle and the BBC Philharmonic.
Rolls Royce was founded there!
Rolls-Royce is one of the most famous British luxury car producers known globally which all began in Manchester. In 1904, Henry Royce was introduced to Charles Rolls and two years later the entrepreneurs founded Rolls-Royce Ltd, and it has since evolved into a global brand that many around the world want to drive. In 2017, Rolls Royce announced its second highest sales record in its 113 year history.
It has the world famous ‘Curry Mile!’
Over 70 South Asian cuisine restaurants are located within half a mile next to each other in Manchester. An interesting fact is that this is the largest concentration of South Asian restaurants outside the Indian subcontinent. Britain sure does love its curries and nowhere more so than Manchester.
It has the largest student population of any city in Europe.
Over 100,000 students study in Manchester, many of which attend the University of Manchester which is known as one of the best universities in the UK. In fact, 25 Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied there including Ernest Rutherford and James Chadwick noted for their work on nuclear fission.
It had the first ever free public library.
Chethams Library was opened in Manchester in 1653 and is still open to this day. It stands as the oldest public library in the English-speaking world and holds over 100,000 volumes of printed books. Karl Marx often frequented Chethams Library and started writing ‘The Communists Manifesto’ there.
It had the world’s first passenger train station.
Founded in 1830 in tandem with Liverpool, the station linked the two cities together in the North West of England. It was the first railway to rely exclusively on steam power and to have a double track throughout its length.
It is a UNESCO City of Literature.
Many famous writers have originated or based themselves in Manchester down the years. Charles Dickens is reputed to have set his novel ‘Hard Times’ in the city and Anthony Burgess wrote his most well-known work here, A Clockwork Orange. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels would go onto found Marxist Theory together and published the book ‘The Conditions of the Working Class in Britain’ in 1845 which was based on their personal observations and research in Manchester.
Manchester is consistently ranked as both a fantastic city to live in as well as invest in which appeals to many investors looking to maximise their return on investment in a city they know is a fundamentally sound option.
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