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About Bury

The town of Bury can be found on the River Irwell, 8 miles from Manchester.

Like many towns in this part of the country, Bury was a mill-town, manufacturing textiles during the Industrial Revolution, though the town’s origins can be traced back to Roman times.

The textile industry in Bury was in operation as long ago as the 17th Century when weavers produced woollen cloth in cottage-industry operations.  Later, as the industry mechanised, production moved to cotton cloth, and scaled up as steam power became available.

When the town was linked to the canal network and, later, the railways - industry thrived.  This continued until after the Second World War, when the textile industry in Britain declined in the face of overseas competition.

Today, Bury is popular with commuters to Manchester as the Metrolink tram enables very quick and convenient journeys.

Visitors to the town shouldn’t miss the beautiful Parish Church in the town centre.  The Whitehead Tower is another local landmark well worth seeing.

If you like Black Puddding - that staple of the full English Breakfast - you’ll want to try some in Burnley - as that’s where it was invented.  There’s an open-air market on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays which is a great place to buy some.