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Ramsbottom is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Greater Manchester, England. Historically within Lancashire, it is situated on the course of the River Irwell, in the West Pennine Moors. It is located 3.9mi north-northwest of Bury, and 12mi north-northwest of Manchester. The name Ramsbottom is believed to derive from the Old English ramm and botm, meaning "valley of the ram". Ramsbottom is described as a "thriving market town in spectacular surroundings". Its Victorian architecture, Pennine landscape, industrial heritage and the East Lancashire Railway contribute to heritage tourism in the town.HistoryToponymyThe name probably means "ram's valley" from the Old English ramm, a ram and botm, a valley. However some toponymists interpret it as wild-garlic-valley, with the first element representing the Old English hramsa meaning "wild garlic". A record from 1324 recording the name as Ramesbothum is inconclusive. The town was alternatively recorded as Ramysbothom in 1540.Early historyEvidence of prehistoric human activity has been discovered in the hills surrounding the town. Early records show that in Norman times Ramsbottom was part of the Forest of Rossendale. There are a number of Bronze Age burial sites around the town, the most notable of which is Whitelow Cairn, one mile (1.6 km) southeast of the town centre and three miles (4.8 km) north of Bury. The cairn was excavated by Bury Archaeological Group between 1960 - 62, under the leadership of Norman Tyson. Finds include one main and seven secondary cremations, four in urns, dating to the mid Bronze Age. Artefacts found during the excavation are housed in Bury Museum.
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