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    Default What is Manchester????

    I may be missing something basic here or maybe i'm just dumb, but why is it that whenever i walk into the bedding department in the stores in NZ I see "Manchester" written everywhere? If i was to link anything with manchester (the city) it would be football fans, chip butties, and orange buses- not bedding

    please feel free to point out something obvious and have a laugh at my expense

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    It's the name of the firm that makes the linen.

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    Awwww it that all? No- "not many people know this but..." type of storey? Oh well thanks anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlosparky
    Awwww it that all? No- "not many people know this but..." type of storey? Oh well thanks anyway
    I didn't know that . I thought it was just another word for bed linen

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    It's a boring answer from me isn't it, but it's true, it's just the brand of linen. I'm sure I can make something up that will be much more exciting!

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    I thought it was a reference to the fact that Manchester had a lot of cotton mills, therefore made a lot of bedding...

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    Hhhhm ... interesting. I too thought it was all connected with the Manchester cotton mills etc.

    I wouldn't have thought it was a brand name (like Watties or Whittakers etc), because alot of the department stores and places like Warehouse have 'Manchester' depts, but you don't see Watties departments.

    Interesting subject.

    Diny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diny
    I too thought it was all connected with the Manchester cotton mills etc.
    That is also my understanding. Being from the U.S., I was mystified by the nomenclature when we arrived here, and did some research into how linens acquired that name.

    Interestingly, when Derryfield, NH became a textiles center, it was renamed to Manchester because it reminded New Englanders of the city in the U.K.



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    I could have answered with some witty repartee about it being a bit of a dive, but thought better of it!! Ready to duck now....
    Last edited by StevieD; 26th October 2006 at 08:08 AM.

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    I'm pretty sure it just refers to "bed linen" in general .........


    I know of stcks of manufacturers names - none of them being Manchester as such.
    And yes - it probably does stem from the olden days of the dark satanic mills....

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