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  • JacksjPaton

    Roads Roads Roads! Romans probably built one of the first roads in Oldham, The roman road from Chester to York. Before Roman invasion roads were mainly unpaved track ways and they were only just beginning to plot and engineer road networks. Romans laid a sophisticated network of roads for the transportation of large wagons throughout all seasons.

    • JacksjPaton

      The Romans left more than roads in oldham, they also left the roman snail, a survivor of the roman invasion. It was introduced during the roman invasion and has lived here ever since. Oldham conchologist fred taylor collected a number of specimens that are now in gallery oldham’s natural history collection. Here is a record from Fredd Stubb’s nature notes in the oldham chronicle that discusses them.

      • Patricia

        The largest European land snail – apparently good to eat.

  • JacksjPaton

    For century’s, Oldham locals have been trying to get the measure of Oldham, by observing and examining the natural history of the area. Oldham’s prominent Microscopical society was amongst the first of its kind in the country, and researched some of the tiny microcosms of the surrounding nature. They seemed to realize the importance of observing the miniscule and the everyday as a method for explaining the macrocosm of the universe. Oldham’s Naturalist leanord Kidd (author of the great book “Oldham’s natural history) examined the tiny fungus gnat, and now has a species named after him – the ZYGOMYIA KIDDI, Whilst Wilfred Jackson examined shells and used them to explain “the migrations of early culture.” Even now Oldham’s Brian Cox is working with a team of physicists colliding elementary particles at almost the speed of light in CERN’s hadron collider. By doing so they hope to be able to peer back in time, to see what happened less than a millisecond after the big bang.