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Bristol, Gloucester and Somerset, England



Bristol is a city and county in South West England with apopulation of 463,400.[5] The wider district has the10th-largest population in England. The urban areapopulation of 724,000 is the 8th-largest in the UK. Thecity lies between Gloucestershire to the north and Somersetto the south. South Wales lies across the Severn estuary.

Iron Age hill forts and Roman villas were built near theconfluence of the rivers Frome and Avon, and around thebeginning of the 11th century, the settlement was known asBrycgstow (Old English "the place at the bridge"). Bristolreceived a royal charter in 1155 and was historicallydivided between Gloucestershire and Somerset until 1373when it became a county of itself. From the 13th to the18th century, Bristol was among the top three Englishcities, after London, in tax receipts. Bristol wassurpassed by the rapid rise of Birmingham, Manchester andLiverpool in the Industrial Revolution.


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