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Birmingham is at the heart of England and is set amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Tolkein country. It is the largest and most populous British city outside London and close to tourist destinations such as Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick.
Birmingham dates back to the stone age, 100,000 years ago, with the first major settlements in the bronze age. The Romans struggled to advance through its dense forests in the 1st century but did stop and build a large fort in modern day Edgbaston in AD48 as well as building a number of roads.
Birmingham itself was founded in the anglo-saxon era (6th and 7th century) and was initially called Beormingaham, from the Old English meaning the home or settlement of theBeormingas.
Because of this, people from Birmingham are called Brummies, a term derived from the city’s nickname of Brum. This originates from the city’s dialect name, Brummagem. They have a distinctive accent and expect to be greeted with the phrase “y’our right?”.
Over the next few centuries it waned and by the Domesday Book in 1086 the manor of Birmingham was one of the poorest and least populated in Warwickshire, valued at only 20 shillings. It picked up again in the next century and has continue to grow ever since.
Perhaps the most important invention in British history, the industrial steam engine, was invented in Birmingham. The West Midlands is linked to both the industrial revolution and manufacturing industries.
It boasts excellent public and road transport links.
It’s not all industry though – there are 571 parks within Birmingham
– more than any other European city
– totalling over 3,500 hectares (14sq miles) of public open space. The city has over six million trees, and 250 miles (400 kilometres) of urban brooks and streams. It famously has more miles of canals than Venice.
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