In that dark period from the first millennium to the Enlightenment, Manchester was growing from Nowheresville into a thriving town. This was Northumbria, with sophisticated Anglo-Saxon laws and customs and with Salford in its prime. Then came the Normans, 1066 and all that changed our world forever. Lords of the Manor ruled for the next 800 years.
They built the cathedral, a fine manor house, gave us charters and sorted out transport. This is Manchester’s untold story but the bones of that medieval world can still be seen in the modern city. You just have to know where to look.