Last year we brought you some Impressive Facts About Manchester, one of the key cities in the UK’s Northern Powerhouse. Once known as the Cottonopolis, this historic centre for trade and manufacturing was an engine during the industrial revolution, driving the country forward, and now Manchester is playing a vital part in Britain’s modern economy. But what other curious facts are there to learn about this bustling, Northern metropolis?
1. First Steam-Powered Mill
In 1783, the first mill using steam power was set up by Richard Arkwright on Miller Street in the city centre. This innovation paved the way for mass production techniques, pushing the industrial revolution forward significantly.
2. Where’s the Beef?
Manchester is the birthplace of Vegetarianism! The Reverend William Cowherd of the Bible Christian Church in Salford drove the movement, often giving sermons on the virtues of a meat-free diet during the early 1800s.
3. Scientific Breakthroughs
Not only was the first atom split in the city, but Manchester was also the place where the first law in thermodynamics was discovered by James Prescott Joule in 1850! And in 2010, scientists at the University of Manchester created the world’s thinnest material, graphene, earning themselves the Nobel Prize for Physics!
Manchester played host to the very first international art exhibition, the Art Treasures of Great Britain exhibition in 1857. It was, and remains, the largest art exhibition to be held in the UK, if not the world!
5. You’ve Got To Fight For Your Rights
In 1903, in her Nelson Street home, Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, with the aim of recruiting working class women into the suffragette movement to aid the struggle for the vote. The home still stands and has become the Pankhurst Centre, a heritage and community centre.
6. Drama Queen
Manchester is the setting and filming location for the world’s longest running TV soap opera, Coronation Street, which was launched in 1960 by Granada Television.
7. Money Maker
Outside of London, Greater Manchester is the UK’s main centre for the Business, Financial & Professional Services industries. This sector employs 324,000 people and generates £16.2 billion of the region’s GVA annually.
8. The Home of Football
Manchester not only boasts two of the biggest, most successful football teams in the world – Manchester City and Manchester United – it is also the birthplace of the world’s first professional football league. In 1888, The Football League was created in a meeting at the Royal Hotel, Piccadilly. No wonder the city is also home to the National Football Museum!
9. Most Liveable UK City
Once again, Manchester is the highest ranking British city in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking for 2017. The city has come top in the UK for the past six years running, quite the achievement!
10. Fastest Growing House Prices
Perhaps it’s the city’s high liveability rating that explains the growth in property prices! According to Hometrack’s average house price index, Manchester prices rose by 8.8% in the year up to March 2017, a greater increase than any other city across the country.
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