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Author Topic: Which is the smallest city in Englan?  (Read 1776 times)

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Which is the smallest city in Englan?
« on: 19 January, 2016, 10:58:17 PM »
We were arguing about this earlier this evening and the best we could come up with was Ely or Ripon which we reckon are about the same size with roughly 15,000 Elyans or Riponians.

Are we right? What is the smallest city in England?

Someone suggested that there is an even smaller city in Wales but couldn't remember its name.
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Re: Which is the smallest city in Englan?
« Reply #1 on: 20 January, 2016, 07:48:07 AM »
The Welsh one is St Davids - nice place nestled in a little valley near the south west corner. Population <2000 I believe, but with the requisite cathedral to render it city-like. Cracking pub, too (or it was 10+ years ago).

No idea about England

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Re: Which is the smallest city in England?
« Reply #3 on: 21 January, 2016, 03:21:32 PM »
That'll be Wells
http://www.wellssomerset.com/about_wells.php?sid=ed65d48b2cbe469de15358a7b363c165

Thanks for the answers and I must say I am surprised. I mean, Wells has a population, if you can call it that, of just over 11,000 and it's a city.

Where I live in Lewes is over half as big again with a population of 16,000 odd souls (some of them decidedly and definitely very odd souls) and yet we are just a bliddy market town. There ain't no sense or justice in it just because some medieval oik forgot to build a cathedral here.

Who invented this law that to be called a 'city' you had to have a cathedral?
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Re: Which is the smallest city in Englan?
« Reply #4 on: 11 February, 2017, 01:51:29 PM »
there is no rule that you have to have a cathedral or indeed a university to become a city. it is usually up to the queen to grant city status regardless of population, cathedral, university or owt. a common myth........