Pathway SkillsZone Greater Manchester
The history of Greater Manchester goes back centuries to the Iron Age. However, it was only created in 1974. During the Middle Ages, much of what became Greater Manchester lay within the hundred of Salfordshire – an ancient division of the county of Lancashire, encompassing several parishes and townships, some of which, like Rochdale, were important market towns and centres of England’s woollen trade. The Industrial Revolution transformed the local domestic system; mechanisation enabled the industrialisation of the region’s textile trade, triggering rapid growth in the cotton industry and expansion in ancillary trades.