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Nottingham


Nottingham is a city in the East Midlands region of England. As of 2011, it had an estimated population of 303,900.


Key Facts about Nottingham


Here are some key facts about Nottingham:
  1. Nottingham is a city in the East Midlands region of England.

  2. As of 2011, Nottingham had an estimated population of 303,900.

  3. Nottingham was granted its city charter in 1897, as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria.

  4. Nottingham is internationally famous for its links with the legend of Robin Hood. According to the legend, Robin Hood was a heroic outlaw, who was a skilled archer, and who, together with his band of "Merry Men", robbed from the rich to give to the poor, during the Middle Ages.

  5. During the Industrial Revolution period, Nottingham became a centre of bicycle and tobacco manufacturing, as well as lace-making.

  6. Nottingham is home to the headquarters of many well-known companies, including Alliance Boots (formerly Boots the Chemist).

  7. Although Alliance Boots is no longer a research pharmaceutical company, former Boots researchers, and university spin-offs, have created a thriving biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and science sector in the city.

    • Nottingham was made one of six science cities in the UK in 2005, by then Chancellor, Gordon Brown.

    • Nottingham is home to BioCity, the UK's largest bioscience innovation and incubation centre. BioCity is a joint-venture between Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, and is home to approximately 80 science-based companies.

  8. Nottingham was the birthplace of Raleigh Cycles. Bicycles were manufactured in the city from 1886 onwards, although Raleigh's factory in the city on Triumph Road was demolished in 2003. Today, bicycles are still designed and assembled in Eastwood just outside Nottingham (and still bear the city's name on the logo).

  9. Nottingham is also the birthplace of the Paul Smith, high fashion house.

  10. Software development is also an important and growing sector of the Nottingham economy. Software companies based in the city include Serif Europe, Reuters, Crytek UK, Nexor, and Legendary Games. Additionally, Atos Origin, who develop software for railway ticket machines and platform departure boards, are also based in the city.

  11. Nottingham is close to the M1 motorway, as well as the major roads the A46 and A52. The A52 West of Nottingham which leads towards Derby is known as the Brian Clough Way after the legendary soccer manager who served as manager of both Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

  12. Nottingham was named as "England's least car-dependent city" by the Campaign for Better Transport in 2010. This no stems from the presence of local bus services, and the fact that since 2004 (with the opening of Nottingham Express Transit), Nottingham is one of only six English cities to have a light rail (tram) system.

  13. Passenger rail services from Nottingham provide links to both local destinations, and further away places. East Midlands Trains offers services to London, Doncaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Scarborough, Sheffield, and York. CrossCountry offers a service to Cardiff via Birmingham and Bristol.

  14. East Midlands Airport is 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Nottingham. It provides flights to both domestic and international locations.



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