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10 Secrets of Manchester revealed

Ian Watson Jun 16, 2017, 10:31 AM


You may feel as though you know Manchester but there is a great deal that the city has to offer. Even people who have spent considerable time in the city can still learn a lot of new facts about the area. Here are 10 secrets of Manchester that we hope will be of interest to you.

  1. Manchester is one of the leading student areas in the world with the city having the largest student population in western Europe. This is just one of the factors that has helped drive the demand for rental property in the city.
  2. Continuing the educational theme, Manchester is home to the oldest public library in the whole of the English speaking world. Chetham Library holds this prestigious accolade, making it a natural attraction for book lovers.
  3. The atom was first split in 1919 and it happened in Manchester. This was down to the work of Ernest Rutherford, a man who had already been awarded a Nobel Prize in 1908 for his Chemistry work on radiation.
  4. One of the most famous brands in the world has Manchester to thank for this development. This is because the city was the setting for the first ever meeting of Henry Royce and Charles Rolls. This meeting took place in 1904 and the two combined to make the Rolls-Royce company.
  5. Another major brand that took a great step forward in Manchester was Marks & Spencer. While the store is more commonly associated with Leeds, where the first market stall of the firm was opened, Manchester was the home of the company’s first store.
  6. The nature of travel was improved considerably in Manchester. This is down to the fact that the first passenger train station was opened in the city back in 1830.
  7. While there is a great sense of history in Manchester, modern day Manchester has a lot to offer. The benefits of modern Manchester were acknowledged when a study found Manchester to be the most liveable UK city of 2013.
  8. Not everything in the city lives up to its billing with the Curry Mile actually only being half a mile long. However, if you are looking for a curry, this is one of the best destinations you will find, so it is worth overlooking the inaccuracy in the locations title.
  9. A major step forward for computers was taken in Manchester with the development of the Small Scale Experimental Machine, which was referred to as Baby or SSEM. This was designed and constructed in 1948 at the University of Manchester and it is hailed as the world’s first programmable computer.
  10. Vegetarianism was started in Salford by a group of people who were keen to advocate the benefits of a meat free diet.

As one of the largest citi4es in the United Kingdom and an important hub in European business, you may not think that there is much to learn about the secret side of Manchester. Hopefully these facts have helped you learn about some of the best secrets Manchester has to offer.

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