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Tell us about your city. Economic facts, statistics, positive press, infrastructure, developments, interesting facts. Keep it positive and please no arguing over which is more important. Think of it as a way to showcase your city. No figments of peoples imagination or ficticious statements please. A lot of people on these forums dont know much about each others cities so give us the lowdown.
 

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Tell us about your city. Economic facts, statistics, positive press, infrastructure, developments, interesting facts. Keep it positive and please no arguing over which is more important. Think of it as a way to showcase your city. No figments of peoples imagination or ficticious statements please. A lot of people on these forums dont know much about each others cities so give us the lowdown.
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I'll going to try and look on the brightside, I think a good percentage of people are capable of keeping it clean. I want hard facts so people really can get an overall view of each of the UK cities. If people post bullshit with no sources then they will be found out. Anything positive, a little gem of a building that no-one knows outside your city, any snippet that makes you proud, showcase your city.
 

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New Hall Manor in Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham is the oldest inhabited house in the country :yes:.
 

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Tell us about your city. Economic facts, statistics, positive press, infrastructure, developments, interesting facts. Keep it positive and please no arguing over which is more important. Think of it as a way to showcase your city. No figments of peoples imagination or ficticious statements please. A lot of people on these forums dont know much about each others cities so give us the lowdown.
The world's oldest condom was found in Dudley Castle. (Not that there weren't condoms before this, but they don't exist any more or haven't been found yet.)
 

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Telfordboy - You could tell us what invention/event/structure/building was significant in said location and give a rational explination of your case.
 

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London Underground is the worlds oldest underground system and is one of the largest in terms of route length.
Services began on January 10 1863 on the Metropolitan Railway most of that initial route is now part of the Hammersmith & City Line.Despite its name about 55% of the network is above ground.
 

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Glasgow is the world's third oldest underground - its the only entirely underground system in the UK and the only system outside London in the UK. Glasgow Chamber Of Commerce is the oldest english speaking chamber in the world.
 

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By 1882, Birmingham was producing half of the world's manufactured goods. It was still a town.
 

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Telfordboy - You could tell us what invention/event/structure/building was significant in said location and give a rational explination of your case.
Well using coke instead of charcoal for smelting leading to the ability to mass produce iron, The worlds first Iron Bridge, the first industrial area in the world being the Ironbridge Gorge which is now a world heritage site because of its key role in the industrialisation of the world.


Abraham Darby I, born in 1677 at nearby Dudley, to put all of these vital ingredients together; he was the first, in 1709, to master the science of smelting iron with coke, rather than costly charcoal. He leased an old furnace in Coalbrookdale to do so. The son of a Quaker farmer, Darby was the first to use the cheaper iron, rather than brass, to cast strong thin pots for the poor.

The Coalbrookdale works flourished and expanded under his son Abraham Darby II (1711-63). Throughout the decades that followed there was a whole series of world firsts to emanate from Ironbridge including cast iron rails, iron wheels, steam cylinders, steam locomotives, iron boats and, most famously, the still proud and erect first iron bridge.

It was in November 1777 that Abraham Darby III began erecting the 378 tons of cast iron to build the bridge which spans the 30 m/100 ft of the Shropshire gorge. The bridge itself was completed in 1779 with the fitting of the balustrade and the road surface along with the obligatory toll house. The first tolls were taken on New Year's Day 1781.

By this time the beautiful Severn Gorge had been transformed with the hive of industry, iron foundries, kilns and fires making the area a buzzing, smoke-filled port which was dark and dusky, even on a clear day.

The Ironbridge Gorge is also home to the Coalport China Museum. The National Collections of Coalport and Caughley china are displayed in the original riverside buildings. Some of Europe’s finest porcelain was made here until 1926. Across the river at Jackfield, the old Craven Dunnill Works houses the Jackfield Tile Museum which re-opens this summer with a fascinating range of gas-lit rooms and period room settings. Completing the area’s wealth of ceramic industry exhibits, a mile further south, is the Broseley Pipeworks where, in 1957, the doors closed behind the last traditional clay pipe maker after 350 years of production.

From this website, http://www.historic-uk.com/DestinationsUK/Ironbridge.htm which was the first result in google when i searched bitplace industrial revolution.
 

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BT Tower in Birmingham can withstand a one megation nuclear explosion from as little as a mile away (Source: SSN).
 

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Obvious one for Sheffield - Greenest city in the UK & Europe (and more trees per person than any city in Europe).

Some others:

- Won the 2005 Entente Florale (I think Cardiff won in 2006)
- Sheffield Castle is among the largest in the UK. Shame it's burried under some crap 60's market building.
- The Hallam district is the richest in the UK outside of London (2004, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3871857.stm)
- Fastest rising office rents outsidde of london (2004, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/south_yorkshire/4314628.stm)
- Worlds oldest football club, Sheffield FC, and Hallam FC who play in the worlds oldest football ground.
- Worlds oldest major football ground, (http://1889.me.uk/)
- UK's largest athletics stadium, Don Valley Stadium, (c. 25,000 seated)
- Largest theatre complex outside of London (including the Crucible which hosts the World Snooker Championships and English Open Squash tournement anually)
- Europes largest dry ski-resort (with the UK's largest indoor snow-resort hopefully to be built next to it)
- 7.2% employed in the 'creative industries', way up on the 4% national adverage
- Lots of good bands are from the city :)
- UK's favorite Independant Cinema, the Showroom (2002, http://film.guardian.co.uk/2002/story/0,,853812,00.html), i've got a feeling it could be the largest independant, but i'm not sure about that.

That's some facts for you. :) But otherwise, Sheffield really is just a brilliant place to live.
 

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Sutton Park covers an area of 2,400 acres (Over 1 quarter of all the parkland in Birmingham) and is the largest urban nature reserve in Europe.
 

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^^Same here! Birmingham doesn't have one but it has a manor house that was home to the de Birmingham family buried underneath the wholesale markets in Digbeth.

It'll be interesting to see what they'll uncover when they demolish the markets.
 
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