A Brief Introduction to Douglas, the Capital of the Isle of Man

May 29, 2009 at 2:53 am (Uncategorized)

Douglas is the capital and largest town of the Isle Of Man, which is an independent administrative area subject to the British Crown. With a population of just over 26,000, it is located by a bay at the delta of the Douglas River. The town has a harbour which is also a significant commercial port. The town is by far the most significant place for business, shopping, entertainment and transport connections to the island.

Douglas is also the seat of the government of the island. It was established in 1869 as the administrative capital and rapidly became the centre of tourism and business for the country. One of the things that Douglas is famous for is its trams, still drawn be horses which still run along the seafront and a the only ones still in use. It remains due to the popularity amongst tourists.

There is believed to have been a settlement in the area since Viking times, however, it was not until 1511 that the town became well documented. During the 17th and 18th centuries the town grew in importance and population and started to profit greatly during the Industrial Revolution when it started to become popular place for holidaymakers.

Douglas has an abundance of attractions and places of historic and tourist interest. These include the Tower Of Refuge, a number of novelty steam trains which still run and a local theatre which is recently undergone extensive repairs and face lifting. The town is set to host the famous Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011.

The Isle Of Man also has an airport with regular connections to Great Britain and Ireland and you can find various very connections to Northern Ireland and the British mainland. There are two ports in the northwest of England with direct ferry connections to the island.


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The City of Dundee, Angus, Scotland

May 23, 2009 at 2:52 am (Uncategorized)

The city of Dundee, Angus, Scotland is the fourth-largest city in the country. It enjoys a current population of around 142,000 people, which is down from a high of 182, 000 back in 1971. It also sits on the northern banks of the Firth of Tay, which the River Tay feeds into and which in turn then empties into the North Sea.

The local government council area of Angus borders onto Dundee, though that city is now considered one of the country’s 32 council areas in its own right. The historic ties between the two entities, though, lead many to include the city as part of the area of Angus. There has also been continuous human presence in the region of the city and the council area since at least the Mesolithic, or Middle Stone Age.

Dundee as a city grew up around its port, which initially profited from the old wool trade. This trade involved exporting the woolen product from the out regions of the Angus hinterlands, the practice of which lasted for several centuries. In fact, there was still a notable trade in fabrics of all kinds, due to its extensive weaving, or textile, industry up through the 1800s. In the mid-19th century, the city became noted for the quality of its jute fabric, and its jam.

In the late 19th century, Dundee became a center of shipbuilding in the region, with over 2,000 ships built in one ten year stretch between 1871 and 1881. It was in this city’s shipyards that the ship of famed Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott was built. The RRS Discovery was also the last wooden three-masted ship built in Britain.

The local government council area of Angus has a population of about 110,000 people. Though it doesn’t officially have any oversight of Dundee, it is considered to be a historic adjunct to the city, which is its own council area. Both entities share a long and interesting past, not only with each other but as a part of the wider Scotland in which they both reside.

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Elgin, Moray – The Small Scottish Town

May 17, 2009 at 2:51 am (Uncategorized)

Elgin is a small Scottish town and former royal burgh of considerable antiquity that was founded under the charter of King David I of Scotland. It is situated to the south of the river Lossie and is known as an erstwhile cathedral town. It is the commercial and administrative center for Moray and is known for its medieval architecture and numerous places of worship including ancient cathedrals with a rich history.

It also serves as an educational center and market town for Moray. It was home to many monarchs in the Middle Ages and subject to their patronage. The cathedrals that were erected in the town were mostly under the auspices of the kings who used the place as a retreat and also held court there and hunted in the surrounding forests. The town has had many wealthy patrons in the past including royals who have contributed generously to its development over the centuries.

The economy of Elgin depends heavily on the royal air force stations that have been established there. The other sectors which provide employment include entertainment, food and beverage industry and construction and real estate. The main industries that flourish here are the whisky distilleries and wool milling industry.

The history of the sleepy town is steeped in religion and religious places of worship and their rise and fall. The most popular attraction for tourists visiting the town of Elgin is the Elgin Cathedral which is undoubtedly the one of most magnificent pieces of medieval architecture in Scotland. It is also known as the lantern of the north. The Iron Age, manmade well called Burghead well, the Birnie church is probably the oldest surviving church in Scotland and the magnificent Brodie castle estate are some of the other places of interest for tourists visiting the town. The Druffus castle, seat of the Murray family is another striking example of medieval architecture and is among the prominent monuments to visit in the town.

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A Brief Introduction to Ely, Cambridgeshire

May 12, 2009 at 2:49 am (Uncategorized)

Ely is one of the more magnificent cities in East Anglia. It is the cathedral city and only about 40 miles away from Cambridge to the northeast. In spite of only having a population of just over 15,000 people, its cathedral is considered one of the most impressive in the country and actually one of the seven wonders of the medieval world.

The city is famous for its number of listed buildings and a number of sites of historic interest. Unlike a great deal of other towns it still retains a number of traditional shops town winding streets and there is still a lively market every Thursday and Saturday.

The city enjoyed an important status as a significant port, since it is located on the River Great Ouse. This lasted until the 18th century when eventually the Fens were drained and Ely was no longer on an island. The history of the city extends as far back as 673 AD when the abbey was first established there. Unfortunately, Viking invaders destroyed the Abbey and the year eight certainty and it was not rebuilt until 100 years afterwards. The abbey played a significant part in the Norman conquest.

By far the most popular and impressive site in the town is the cathedral. The cathedral was established by William I in the year 1083. During the time of Oliver Cromwell, who had lived in Ely, various parts of the cathedral was severely damaged and it is evident today from the vast number of statues and figurines which are missing their heads inside the cathedral.

Getting to the city is fairly simple since it is on the main line with direct reigns to London and Cambridge amongst other places. The nearest main road to the city is the A10 which leads to King’s Lynn and London.

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A Brief Introduction to Farnham, Surrey

May 7, 2009 at 2:45 am (Uncategorized)

Farnham is a large town in the county of Surrey, England which is in the Biro of Waverley. It is about 42 miles away from London due south west and in the far west of the county. The town has a population of well over 100,000. There are many places of historic interest there, the castle, the original Bishop’s palace and the ruins of Waverley Abbey.

Farnham has always had a convenient geography, being placed on the River Wey and because of this it has been a significant trading outpost that most of its history. It’s river eventually joins the river Thames the town of Weybridge.

People have settled the area in which Farnham is located for thousands of years, as far back and maybe beyond the early Stone Age. The area continue to grow insignificance during the Bronze Age and into the Iron Age when a number of hill fort are established around the area. The town was also significant during the Roman period.

The old area of the town is particularly extensive and has a lot of interest to offer visitors. Not only are there are a great number of historical sites, but there is an abundance of accommodation on offer and a number of shops and markets around the town. One of the most popular sites for tourists visit is Farnham Castle. This castle was constructed by the Normans. Farnham Park also offers a very pleasant place to walk and an interesting variety of wildlife.

Farnham is also famous for its arts and crafts including pottery, painting and performing arts. It has long had a powerful association creativity. Although the performing arts are not as popular as they once were in the town, there are still fairly frequent productions at the Maltings. The Maltings on the creative arts centre of the town.

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Folkestone in Kent – More Than Just the Eurostar

May 1, 2009 at 2:44 am (Uncategorized)

Located on the South East coast of Kent, Folkestone is a delightful English town. Whether for a relaxing break, a chance to view the charming period architecture, something a little more active, or to simply enjoy traditional English Ale. This town, once mentioned by Charles Dickens as being, “One of the prettiest watering places on the south coast”, could be the ideal place to visit.

The town is ideally positioned just an hour from central London, and under two hours from London Heathrow Airport, making it very accessible for the tourist. It is also just minutes away from the Eurotunnel, connecting you with mainland Europe in minutes, via the international high speed railway.

It is much more than a gateway to far flung locations however; rich in its own unique history and culture, that is such an aspect of the county dubbed, “The Garden of England.” From Felixstowe, it is not hard to understand why. Respected for its gardens, the flora displayed through the spring and summer months, is a joy to witness, as the carefully cultivated arrangements burst into color.

There are many historic monuments to visit too. The Church of Saint Mary and St.Eanswythe, where the great west window dominates the building, was badly damaged in bombing raids throughout the Second World War, and makes an interesting start to uncovering the history of the area. Whilst the home of “War of the Worlds” author H. G. Wells, also makes for a wonderful trip, to understand the mind of the, “Father of science fiction.”

Folkestone in Kent also allows the visitor to enjoy a host of water sports and fishing for bass, conger, and occasionally cod. With a wealth of restaurants, some lovely curiosity shops to browse around, and even Kent’s only racecourse, a day out here is sure to be great fun for many people.

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