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Plymouth


Plymouth is a coastal city in Devon in Southwest England. The city is located between the mouths of the rivers Tamar and Plym, and is about 190 miles (310 kilometers) to the Southwest of London.

The city today has a population of approximately 250,000 people. The city is particularly known for its importance as a commercial shipping port, especially during the Industrial Revolution, and for its importance to the Royal Navy for shipbuilding and as a dockyard. The Royal Navy Base in Plymouth, HMNB Devonport, is the largest operational naval base in Western Europe (formerly known as "HMS Drake").


Key Facts about Plymouth


Here are some key facts about Plymouth:
  1. Plymouth is a city in Devon in Southwestern England.

  2. As of the 2011 census, Plymouth had a population of 256,384.

  3. Plymouth has a well-established reputation as a commercial shipping port.

  4. Plymouth is home to HMNB Devonport, the largest operating naval base in Western Europe, and an important centre of shipbuilding, as well as a dockyard, for the Royal Navy.

  5. The University of Plymouth is the 9th largest university in the UK (by number of students). The University has over 30,000 students, and nearly 3,000 staff.

  6. Plymouth's main road connection is the A38 dual-carriageway. The A38 runs East to West across the North of Plymouth. To the East, the A38 connects to the M5 motorway. To the East, the A38 connects to Devon and Cornwall via the Tamar Bridge (the longest suspension bridge in England).

  7. Plymouth is connected by rail to the CrossCountry Network. Additionally, the city is home to a number of smaller stations and local train services.

  8. Ferry services from Plymouth provide links to France and Spain.

  9. Until 2011, Plymouth was served by Plymouth City Airport, which was about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) North of the city centre. This aiport however closed in December 2011, and the nearest airports are now Exeter International Aiport and Newquay Cornwall Airport.



Weather in Plymouth


Like other parts of Southwest England, Plymouth has a temperate oceanic climate. Generally speaking, the region is on average milder and wetter than other the average for England, and the moderating effect of the sea, also means that seasonal variations is somewhat less marked than other parts of the UK.

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Books about Plymouth


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Historic England: Plymouth: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England (Historic England Series)

By Ernie Hoblyn

Amberley Publishing
Released: 2018-09-01
Paperback (96 pages)

Historic England: Plymouth: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England (Historic England Series)
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This illustrated history portrays one of England’s finest cities. It provides a nostalgic look at Plymouth’s past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites.The photographs are taken from the Historic England Archive, a unique collection of over 12 million photographs, drawings, plans and documents covering England’s archaeology, architecture, social and local history. Pictures date from the earliest days of photography to the present and cover subjects from Bronze Age burials and medieval churches to cinemas and seaside resorts.Plymouth’s location on Devon’s south coast, at the natural harbour created by the mouths of the Rivers Plym and Tamar has shaped its history as one of England’s most important ports. It was the home of the famous Elizabethan privateers Drake and Hawkins and at the heart of the developing Atlantic trade. The neighbouring town of Devonport, now merged with Plymouth, also became an important naval dockyard and shipbuilding centre and its strategic significance drew repeated aerial attacks during World War 2 so that by the end of the war much of the centre of Plymouth had been destroyed. The city was rebuilt after the war in the postwar style of modern town planning, expanding to take over outlying towns, and today it is a major city in the southwest of England. This book will help you to discover its remarkable history.

Good newes from New England: Or, A Relation of things remarkeable in that Plantation

By Edward Winslow

J. MacLehose and Sons
Released: 2015-03-20
Kindle Edition (46 pages)

Good newes from New England: Or, A Relation of things remarkeable in that Plantation
 
Product Description:
Edward Winslow (1595 – 1655) was a Separatist who traveled on the Mayflower in 1620. He was one of several senior leaders on the ship and also later at Plymouth Colony. Both Edward Winslow and his brother, Gilbert Winslow signed the Mayflower Compact. In Plymouth he served in a number of governmental positions such as assistant governor, three times was governor and also was the colony’s agent in London. In early 1621 he had been one of several key leaders that Governor Bradford depended on after the death of John Carver. He was the author of several important pamphlets, including Good Newes from New England or a True Relation of Things very Remarkable at the Plantation of Plimouth in New England. His writings, though fragmentary, are of the greatest value to the history of the Plymouth colony.


 
 
 

 
 
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