- This article is about the town of Bury. For burial, see burial. For other uses, see bury (disambiguation).
Bury is a town on the northern side of Greater Manchester in North West England, between Rochdale and Bolton and just west of the M66. It is the largest town in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury.
Bury was first mentioned as a parish in 962 AD and also contains several Roman ruins. It remained a small town until the Industrial Revolution when the proximity to Manchester and the abundant supply of fast running water for waterwheels allowed a dearth of factories to spring up in the area (similarly for Rochdale and Bolton). The primary product was cotton cloth which was taken to Manchester which was to become a world port thanks to the Manchester Ship Canal (together with Liverpool).
Bury has a professional football club, Bury F.C., which plays at Gigg Lane.
The Met arts centre, based in the Derby Hall on Market Street, is a small performing arts venue promoting a programme of theatre, music and comedy events.
Bury Art Gallery and Museum on Moss Street is home to a fine collection of Victorian and 20th century art, including works by Turner, Constable, Landseer and Lowry.
Bury Grammar School has existed since the 16th Century, and Bury College since 1991.
Local radio is provided by Tower FM, a station based in nearby Bolton which broadcasts across both towns.
The town's local newspaper is the Bury Times , although the Manchester Evening News and Bolton Evening News are also widely available.
Bury's main tourist attraction is the East Lancashire Railway, a heritage railway which runs north from the town to Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall .
Bury is famous for its black pudding – so much so, that it is not uncommon to see it as "Bury black pudding" on a menu.
Bury also has a world famous market, which has been on the same site for nearly 600 years; the original license for a market was granted in 1444.
Famous People from Bury
Sir Robert Peel, the nineteenth century British Prime Minister best known today for the repeal of the corn laws and the invention of the modern police force (hence the terms "bobbies" and "Peelers"), was born in Bury. A monument (Peel Tower ) now exists to his memory. As this is situated nearly 1,000 feet above sea level, it is easily recognizable for miles around. The tower itself was not built for Sir Robert, but to provide work for local workers and was later dedicated to him. A statue of Sir Robert Peel exists in the Market Square.
Cherie Blair, the wife of the current Prime Minister Tony Blair, was born in Bury.
- Rock band Elbow was formed in Bury.
- Comedienne Victoria Wood is from Bury.
- Footballers Gary Neville, Philip Neville, Andy Goram and netball player Tracy Neville were all born in Bury.
- Author Richmal Crompton was born in Bury.
- Musician Peter Skellern was born in Bury.
Last updated: 08-14-2005 20:47:11