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The London region, especially the part close to the banks of river Thames, has been continuously inhabited since the Bronze Age. This is heavily supported by archeological evidence discovered recently in the area. Over the course of the 5th century, London, then called Lundenwic, was developing under Anglo-Saxon rule. It soon grew into a major trade center boasting a huge port, which, however, was often subjected to Viking raids. During the Middle Ages London grew and prospered...



Belfast dates back to the early 17th century and although a relatively young settlement, is Northern Ireland’s largest, and the island of Ireland’s second largest city. It is located on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast of Ireland. The name Belfast comes from the Gaelic “Beal Feirste” which could be translated as the “mouth of the sandy ford”.

In the early 17th century Belfast was a small town with a population...



The first traces of human inhabitation in the area of Bristol date back hundreds of thousands of years but the city proper was established sometime in the early 1000s. At first, Bristol was founded as a minting centre producing silver pennies but over the coming centuries it developed into one of the most important port towns in England and the world.

During the 15th and 16th centuries, Bristol was the...