The Place Names of Manchester, UK

Ever wondered why Manchester is called Manchester, why it has two rivers starting with an ‘Ir’ sound, why Moss Side isn’t near a moss, or what the hell Crumpsall is supposed to mean? Ever wondered what it looks like to fail at green-screen? Hear about Viking settlements, Roman nostalgia for the homeland and a general obsession with bogs and swamps. Hear about the dirty brooks filled with excrement that forever blessed parts of Manchester.

The history of Manchester is wrapped up in its district names, including Gorton, Beswick, Longsight, Levenshulme, Hulme, Rusholme, Chorlton cum Hardy and Chorlton on Medlock, Openshaw, Miles Platting, Ardwick, Blackley, Cheetham Hill, Ancoats, Wythenshawe, Baguley, Didsbury, Newton Heath, Moston and yes even a little bit of Salford.

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