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Weekly City Spotlight: Birmingham


Birmingham is situated in the West Midlands, approximately 100 miles north of London, and is the second most populated city in Britain, with London being the first. The Domesday Book lists Birmingham as a small manor in 1086, valued at 20 shillings.  In 1889, Birmingham was granted city status.  Previously, the presence of an Anglican cathedral in a town was a prerequisite of gaining city status.  However, this connection with the Anglican diocese stopped when Birmingham, which didn’t have a cathedral at the time, was awarded city status due to the size of its population and its local government history. Some years later in 1905, St Philip’s parish church became a cathedral.

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