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Manchester: The Hidden History [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Mike Nevell
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11 Aug 2008

In the first book to deal with the history of Manchester from its Roman foundations to the era of the Industrial revolution, Dr Michael Nevell uses the results of nearly ten years of archaeological excavation to illuminate the fascinating changes that this great city has gone through over the last millennium.

Including never before published photographs and plans,  and dealing with archaeology both below ground and still standing buildings, particular attention is paid to the eighteenth and nineteenth century industrial growth which brought profound changes to the city and its surrounding environment, and made Manchester Britain’s first industrial city.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (11 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752447041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752447049
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Nevell is the Director of the University of Manchester Archaeological Unit, a council member for the Association for Industrial Archaeology and Chairman of the Council for British Archaeology North West Industrial Archaeology Panel. He has 25 years of experience in field archaeology with a special interest in standing buildings and monuments.

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Mike Nevell has been writing books on Manchester's history for over twenty years. An Industrial Archaeologist at heart, in this book he looks at Manchester's history from prehistoric to present day, in many cases using sites in which he himself was involved in the excavation of. This in fact lies at the heart of the 'hidden' in the title, as many of the sites lay undisturbed and undiscovered until excavation. Others, such as mills, cellar dwellings, weavers cottages and other buildings used during the cities growth from small township to being in essence the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, are hidden only in as much as passers by do not understand their original purpose, or recognise them for the use they once held. With Mills being re-used as apartment blocks or hotels, Georgian dwellings into office space, and even Medieval houses, of which there are still a number in existence in Manchester, not being understood in the context in which they were built and used, this book is a timely reminder of what was, amongst what now is. The book does not however, merely look at archaeology. The author is at pains to explain not just when innovations occurred, but how and why. For example, while medieval Manchester grew from the wool trade, it was coal that the Duke of Bridgewater was interested in when he caused the famous canal to be built, which indirectly caused the growth of trade around Manchester, and led to the opening of the world's first railway station. Here, in a book of almost 200 pages, filled with maps, site plans, drawings and photographs to assist the text, can be found the history of one of the world's greatest and most influential cities, and is a 'must have' for not only Mancunians, but for anyone interested in the development of trade, industry and culture.
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