Huddled in the darkness inside a dilapidated chamber, a group of urban explorers listened carefully. Moments earlier, they had heard a peculiar noise echoing through the gloom. “Why’s that sound keep happening?” one of them had asked. Torches in hand, they waited. They listened – then they heard it – and then they ran.
Once the site of a Roman fortress, the city of Manchester in northern England has a history spanning 2,000 years. In medieval times, it had become a township enthralled to a manor. But during the industrial revolution, its population exploded thanks to its textile factories. Consequently, Manchester was the world’s first industrialized city. So it is a place with history. And spooky subterranean secrets too.