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Tue 11th Oct 2022
Brian Groom - Northerners from the Ice Age to the 21st century.

Brian is from Stretford and a former journalist on the Financial Times. The first human habitation in the Chorley area was linked to the Round Load burial mound on Anglezarke Moor which goes back to around3,500BC. The first documented occupation was when the Roman arrived and Hadrian built his wall around 122AD. By the 3rd century Northern Britannia was named and after the Romans came the Anglo-Saxon period around 7 - 9th centuries. After the Romans King Oswald of Northumbria was the most powerful ruler from 634 until his death at the Battle of Maserfield in 641. Relics of his body have been claimed to exist in 5 separate churches. The Viking raid on Lindisfarne in 793 was another milestone in Britain's History and Viking occupation of York continued through the 10th century.
Border Reivers were a problem through the 12-13th century and Chorley was sacked by the Scotts & Robert the Bruce in 1322. Lancashire caused problems during the Tudor reign as a centre for Catholicism. In the 1760s the early developments began in the north of the Industrial revolution, probably the greatest milestone in our history. The damp weather in the north-west was ideal for the cotton industry and many immigrant labourers came in from Ireland and Scotland to help build the mills, canals and railways. This development caused a massive population explosion and many employed in agriculture migrated to the towns and mills. Today the Northern economy is still larger than many countries.
Brian Groom with his book
Northerners from the Ice Age to the 21st century.

A History, from the Ice Age to the Present Day

Book signing.

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