A new Manchester quote

May 7, 2009 at 7:50 am 1 comment

By Liam

‘When Pliny lost his life, and Herculaneum was buried, Manchester was born. Whilst lava and ashes blotted from sight and memory fair and luxurious Roman cities close to the Capitol, the Roman soldiery of Titus, under their general Agricola, laid the foundations of a distant city which now compete with the great cities of the world. Where now rise forests of tall chimneys, and the hum of whirling spindles, spread the dense woods of Arden; – and from the clearing in their midst rose the Roman castrum of Mamutium, which has left its name of Castle Field as a memorial to us.’

From ‘The Manchester Man’ by G Linnaeus Banks

Just started reading this for my book group. I’m hoping it will have lots of zedding interest, but even if it doesn’t, the hero is named Jabez Clegg. As well as being a great name in its own right, it’s also become the name of a grubby student pub off Oxford Street, which will be a nice image to bear in mind as I wade through a heavy Victorian novel.


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  • 1. Greg  |  May 8, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Hello there, lovely site, discovered via Manchizzle, looking forward to seeing it grow. Jabez has been there for, oh, at least 15 years. I drakn myself blind in there a dozen times at Uni. It’s a loveable pit. I am a bit of a psychogeographer buff myself. The novel I’m writing, nearly done, is set in Manchester and has a bit of a psych slant to it. Hopefully one day it will be published and you can read all about it. Check out my blog too if you have time, and welcome to the fray!


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