Christian dating manchester

He was a diligent puritan, turning out ale houses and banning the celebration of Christmas; he died in 1656.

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Throughout the Middle Ages Manchester remained a manorial township but began to expand "at an astonishing rate" around the turn of the 19th century.

The church is now Manchester Cathedral; the domestic premises of the college house Chetham's School of Music and Chetham's Library.

Manchester became an important centre for the manufacture and trade of woollens and linen, and by about 1540, had expanded to become, in John Leland's words, "The fairest, best builded, quickest, and most populous town of all Lancashire." During the English Civil War Manchester strongly favoured the Parliamentary interest.

The Irwell and Mersey were made navigable by 1736, opening a route from Manchester to the sea docks on the Mersey.

The Bridgewater Canal, Britain's first wholly artificial waterway, was opened in 1761, bringing coal from mines at Worsley to central Manchester.

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