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For the wider metropolitan county, see Greater Manchester. For other uses, see (disambiguation), see Manchester (disambiguation).Manchester is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The recorded history of Manchester began with the civilian settlement associated with the Roman fort of Mamucium or Mancunium, which was established in about AD 79 on a sandstone bluff near the confluence of the rivers Medlock and Irwell.
Competition between the various forms of transport kept costs down. This enabled oceangoing ships to sail right into the Port of Manchester.
Manchester began expanding "at an astonishing rate" around the turn of the 19th century as people flocked to the city for work from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and other areas of England as part of a process of unplanned urbanisation brought on by the Industrial Revolution.
Engineering firms initially made machines for the cotton trade, but diversified into general manufacture.
The Roman habitation of Manchester probably ended around the 3rd century; its civilian settlement appears to have been abandoned by the mid-3rd century, although the fort may have supported a small garrison until the late 3rd or early 4th century.
Thomas de la Warre, lord of the manor, founded and constructed a collegiate church for the parish in 1421.