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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.
The combination of competition and improved efficiency halved the cost of coal and halved the transport cost of raw cotton.
Manchester's unplanned urbanisation was brought on by a boom in textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution, Manchester achieved city status in 1853.
The Manchester Ship Canal opened in 1894, creating the Port of Manchester and linking the city to the sea, 36 miles (58 km) to the west.
The Irwell and Mersey were made navigable by 1736, opening a route from Manchester to the sea docks on the Mersey.
The Bridgewater Canal, Britain's first wholly artificial waterway, was opened in 1761, bringing coal from mines at Worsley to central Manchester.