11 more places in Manchester and the meanings behind their names - including Piccadilly and Levenshulme

A look at the place names of Manchester is a fascinating sweep through around 2,000 years of the city’s history, from Roman times to the Industrial Revolution.
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For many people, looking at a map of Manchester will quickly provoke thoughts about how many of the intriguing place names in the city came to be called what they are.

At ManchesterWorld we’ve already taken a look at 11 places in the city and the stories behind their names, including Manchester itself, Wythenshawe and Miles Platting. Now, though, we’ve taken another glance at the map and drawn out 11 more interesting places and found out the origins of the names we know today.

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It’s a fascinating sweep through almost 2,000 years of history. Manchester’s places have names derived from Roman times, from the Viking and Anglo-Saxon periods, through to the early modern era and then the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian period which reshaped the way the city looked forever. This process of continuous change through time can also be seen in the number of places whose names refer to features of the natural world, reminding us of when large swathes of what are now built-up urban areas were far more rural.

So here are 11 places in Manchester, ranging from Piccadilly to Rusholme, and the stories of what their names mean and how they got them.

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