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June 9, 2012

Torquay Devon

Filed under: England,Facts,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , , — needahand @ 4:55 pm

Torquay is a town on the south coast of England, in the County of Devon and extending along the coast of Torbay. In the nineteenth century was known as the English Riviera for its healthy climate. Among the various origins of its name, the most accepted is the word torr or tower, Old English, and designating the small hills of southwest England. It is present in several names of Devon and Cornwall. Remains found in a rock known as “the face”, located in a cave called Kent, demonstrate that Roman troops arrived in Torquay when Britain belonged to the Roman Empire. The first construction of prominence in Torquay was Torre Abbey, a monastery founded in 1196. The favorable climate of Torquay attracted many visitors, especially to convalesce, and mostly coming from cold northern regions. The population of Torquay grew apace passing 838 inhabitants in 1801 to 11,474 in 1851. There are currently 70,214 people living in Torquay. Nearby resorts and towns include Paignton, Babbacombe and Teignmouth.

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June 5, 2012

Blackpool Lancashire

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 3:22 pm

Blackpool is an English coastal town on the Irish Sea. Traditionally, part of the county Lancashire, but was on 1 April 1998 made an independent unitary authority. Blackpool has three piers, Blackpool Tower was built in 1894 and represents a 158 metre high copy of the Eiffel Tower. The outer skin was gold plated, after the building was allowed to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Along the beach promenade of the town run Trams which – have long been the only ones in the British Isles – after the abolition of the regular trams in the 1950s and 1960s. Since the late 20th Century, however, the tram networks in many British cities expanded again. To date, unique in Europe, the double-decker trams in Blackpool. From the 19th Century the town was a special destination for the northern English working class. The amusement park Blackpool Pleasure Beach is one of the largest in Europe. Blackpool is located to the north of Liverpool.

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June 4, 2012

Plymouth Devon

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Plymouth is a city in the county of Devon, in southwest England. Plymouth has a population of over 250,000 inhabitants. It lies between the River Plym and Tamar River and is part of one of the largest and most spectacular natural harbours in the world. The city has a rich maritime past and was one of the most important foundations of the United Kingdom. Because of this it was a prime target for the Luftwaffe during World War II. The Port of Plymouth Line has a ferry that connects to the city of Santander, in Spain.

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St Austell Cornwall

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St Austell is a town on the southern coast of the English county of Cornwall, England. In 2001 St Austell had 22,658 inhabitants and is the largest town in Cornwall. After the 18th Century large kaolin deposits had been discovered, creating a significant kaolin industry. By about 1850 the St Austell Clay District employed some 7,000 men, women and children. In the town itself is the St Austell Brewery, producing traditional ale supplies. The brewery has since 1893 been held by the founding family. In 2003, the brewery tried the first whiskey distilling in Cornwall. The first bottles of the relatively small production went on sale in 2011. Near to St Austell are a number of towns and coastal resorts, important for tourism in the area, these include Par, Mevagissey, Polperro and Looe.

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