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6 things you never knew about Manchester

Ah, Manchester, we may be a little bias, but we think it’s the best city. Packed full of culture, with heaps of history, a world renowned music scene, top class night life, amazing restaurants, bars and great beer. It’s got it all, and we are proud to call it our home.

The Slate Yard offers stylish homes to rent right in the heart of the city next to the busy and vibrant area of Spinningfields, so you can take advantage of everything that Manchester has to offer.

In celebration of this wonderful city, we’ve rounded up some interesting facts that you never knew about Manchester. Get ready to fall even more in love.

1. It’s the home of vegetarianism

You may not know that the concept of vegetarianism originated in Manchester. It was founded by a group in Salford wishing to advocate the benefits of following a meat-free diet. They then went on to form the basis of the Vegetarian Society in 1847. And so vegetarianism was born...

2. It became an industrial powerhouse

Manchester became the world’s first industrialised city and paved the way for the industrial revolution. At the start of the 18th century, Manchester was a small, market town, but by the end of the century, it had transformed into Britain’s second city. This was the result of the booming coal and cotton industry, which increased the demand for labour and led to exponential population growth as well as economic growth. Manchester became the symbol and centre of the industrial revolution. Pretty cool, right?

Fun fact: because of the dominance of cotton the city became known as Cottonopolis.

3. Manchester’s Roman name meant ‘breast-shaped hill’

Manchester was created when the Roman army came and invaded and built a fort in Castlefield around 79 AD. The Romans named it Mamucium, which is thought to derive from the Celtic word to mean ‘breast-shaped hill.’ It then became Mameceaster in 1086; ‘ceaster’ is an Old English term meaning ‘Roman town or city’. Who knew?

4. It has 25 Nobel Prize winners

Did you know that Manchester boasts a staggering 25 Nobel Prize winners? Making it second only to Oxford and Cambridge.

Ernst Rutherford, a professor based at Manchester School of Physics, is often seen as the father of nuclear physics and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1901 for his work splitting the atom. James Chadwick was awarded the prize in 1935 for discovering the neutron, which was a previously unknown particle. He was born in Bollington, schooled in Manchester and studied at Manchester University. The list goes on...

It’s safe to say that Manchester is home to a pretty brainy bunch.

5. Curry mile isn’t a mile long

Now, this one shocked us. Manchester’s infamous curry mile not a mile at all. It actually measures a mile and a half long. Oh well, we say the more curry restaurants the better. Anyone up for a delicious curry after work?

6. It doesn’t always rain here

“You live in Manchester? Doesn’t it always rain there?” Well, despite its reputation, Manchester is not the rainiest city in the country. In fact, Cardiff was named the rainiest city.

In Manchester, an average of 867mm of rain fell in the city each year between 1981 and 2015, which makes it 15th in the list of the wettest towns and cities in the UK. It’s not even top 10! So, it’s not as rainy as many think, but it doesn’t matter because a bit of rain never bothered us Mancunians anyway.

So there you have it, some excellent facts about Manchester and we’re sure you’ll agree that it’s a pretty fantastic city and a great place to call home.

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