Manchester,England: The world’s first industrial city, and more interesting facts

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Hi all! Welcome back to my blog. I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend.

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In this blog, I would like to introduce Manchester, my home city. Have any of you ever visited? If so, what did you think? Be sure to leave your comments.

Location

Manchester is one of UK’s most popular cities. It is located in the north West of England and is the fifth largest city in the UK.

Here are a few of my favourite facts about Manchester

The World’s First Industrial City

It was the world’s first industrial city which led the way to transforming people’s lives in the area and across the world.

Due to it’s astounding growth of the cotton industry in the early 19th century it became a major global centre for trading and manufacturing. Textiles was the driving force, but it soon emerged to producing all kinds of products.

Manchester’s Symbol ‘The Worker Bee’

The Bee was adopted from the period when the city first became the global centre and leader in the Industrial Revolution. At the time it had been described as being like a hive for activity due to it’s hard working population, this was the motif behind it. Since this time, the Bee symbol has been the feature of the city and you’ll be sure to spot several symbols in and around the city .

Britain’s first ever black professor worked at Manchester University

Manchester University

Sir W. Arthur Lewis became Britain’s first ever black professor at aged 33, he was a Saint Lucian economist who come to work at Manchester University in 1948. Not only was he a professor, but a Noble prizewinner who was able to persuade and negotiate with world leaders.

He helped post- war Afro-Caribbean people arriving and settling in the areas of Hulme and Moss Side by creating centres of support for them. These centres supported people for socialising and learning at the height of racism and prejudice views. One of the centres still exists today in the moss side area. Sir Arthur wasn’t a Mancunian born, but he will be forever in the heart of manchester for his work and courage, and is commemorated at Manchester University with a building named after him.

The Suffragette Movement was founded here

Emmeline Prankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, known as the Suffragettes Movement in 1903. Emmeline a local Women from Manchester and her members fought to enfranchise women here in the UK, using militant strategies. In 1918 women were given limited rights to vote, and full voting rights in 1928 just before the passing of Emmeline Pankhurst.

One of the first cities in the world to celebrate and commemorate LGBT

Manchester was one of the first cities in the world to commemorate LGBT people by commissioning a local artist to paint the city with rainbow tiles in to flagstones across the city. Manchester Pride is one of the UK’ s leading charities celebrating LGBT and helping individuals to thrive as well as fighting for equality. It has held one of the worlds leading pride festivals since 1985 every year which is centred around the vibrant gay village.

The place where Charles Rolls and Henry Royce first ever met

It was at Manchester’s Midland Hotel where Rolls and Royce first met, and just two years later the pair formed the Rolls Royce company. There is a statue at the hotel dedicated to this meeting.

Hope you enjoyed my blog today. Which was your favourite fact? Do you have a favourite you know of that is not listed here?

I appreciate your visit today

Have a fantastic week

Stay blessed 🙏🏾❤

North Yorkshire:Bolton Abbey

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Hi there, hope everyone is good.

This post is going to be about Bolton Abbey, a place I visited on the day I visited Malham Cove.

Did you read my last post on Malham Cove? If not and your considering visiting here you may want to take a look at the post as the two are within only a half an hour drive from each other.

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Location

Bolton Abbey is a village and civil parish in North Yorkshire, England, near the little market town of Skipton and is situated on the border of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Things to do here:

Priory Church and Ruins

There are a number of things to do and see in Bolton Abbey, but the main attraction is the Priory Church and Ruins.

The church and its ruins are of an Augustinian Priory which had be given to Augustinian Canons (A Roman Catholic Order group) in 1154 by Alice de Rumilly, a lady of craven and Skipton, who had inherited the area. The Canons lived here until it was stripped of its assets during the dissolution of the monasteries.

This is a perfect place for escaping the 21st century and getting a glimpse of some incredible views.

Walk along the stepping stones

There are 60 stepping stones here which have become the challenge for visitors to take. I sat this one out as I had just almost broke my neck after stumbling at the top of malham Cove earlier this day.

The stones used to be the crossing point for the lay workers who worked at the priory. Can you imagine having to cross these everyday to get to and from work?

Just North of the stones is a large popular beach. This is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the surrounding views and views of the priory.

A walk to the Valley of Desolation & Simon’s Seat

The valley is linked with the River Wharfe. There is a beautiful waterfall and the walk can be continued where visitors will arrive at Simon’s seat where they experience beautiful views.

Other things include

Strid Wood and the Strid which is an ancient woodland

Flora and Fauna, a wildlife habitat

Burden Tower, a ruin which was a hunting lodge

The Aqueduct bridge that stands over the river Wharfe

Have a walk around the quaint Bolton Abbey Village. The village has a number of cute cottages, tea rooms, a book store, a post office and a steam railway.

Tickets

The Bolton Abbey Estate is open from 9am to 5pm, tickets are £10- £12.50

For more information visit here

Hope you enjoyed the blog today

Many thanks for stopping by

Stay blessed 🙏🏾

Natalie ❤

Chester England: This place gave me the shivers

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St John the Baptist Church sits in a beautiful location on top of a cliff overlooking the River dee. It was founded in around the late 7th century by the Anglo Saxons, and used to be the former cathedral of chester in the early middle ages.

Church ruins

it operates today as a fully functioning parish church, but also features a number of ruins which used to be part of the Church which were left in ruin after the dissolution of the monasteries.

The spooky coffin

Engraved in the walls is the most bizarre phenomena your most likely to see here. This coffin bearing the words Dust to Dust!

I tried to find out the story behind this, but kept coming across myth stories such as ‘it’s the coffin of a murdered monk’

As much as we all love a good dramatic story the most believable was: It’s a rare survival of a medieval coffin that was discovered during renovation or grave digging in or around the 1840s.

What is unclear is that no-one seems to know why it has been positioned here. Maybe it’s was to attract tourists or to create some made up mythological stories. Who knows! But what I can say is, this is a bit of a spooky place and the coffin only adds to it. I came here alone and can honestly say it sent shivers down my spine besides this, I thought it was a great place to experience. Unfortunately I didn’t get to go inside the church as it was closed at the time of visiting.

Location

if you would like to visit here you can find it at: Vicars Ln, Chester, CH1 1SN

Thanks for stopping by

Stay blessed

Natalie x

Chester, England: The almost roman capital city of Britain

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I vsited this fascinating city back in April of this year. The visit came after discovering the city may have been, or at least planned by the Romans to become their capital city. There has been a growing speculation of this over the years after the discovery of a Roman maps for the city.

I wouldn’t mind, but I’ve been here before and didn’t realise just how historical this place is.

A bit about Chester

Chester is situated in the northwest of England. It was founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st century A.D.

It’s captivating beauty and distinctive character makes it one of the UK’s well liked destinations.

The place where the Romans trooped to war, the Vikings caused destruction and the Normans defeated the Anglo Saxons. And with that being said, you’ll probably know there is plenty of rich history in this little city.

Over the next few posts I will be sharing the places I come across whilst here.

Until next time☺

Natalie x