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About The North West of England
Manchester and Liverpool are the Northwest’s largest cities and both are important ports. Liverpool is Britain’s second largest port after London and is in the area known as Merseyside because it stands on the river Mersey. The port of Manchester lies 58 kilometres inland but is connected to the sea by the Manchester Ship Canal. Both these cities are probably best known for their football teams! Manchester and Liverpool both have busy airports. Chester is Cheshire’s chief town. Another large town is Blackpool famous for its illuminations.
Liverpool is also famous as being the home of the Beatles. Their first single Love Me Do was released in October 1963.
The region became famous in the 18th century for spinning and weaving, and cotton mills and factories dotted the Lancashire landscape. The industrial revolution developed round Manchester. As cotton trade grew, mill towns replaced ancient cities. Modern Manchester’s industries include clothing, banking and manufacturing.
From the medieval times Cumbria mined iron core, lead and silver. This mining and the mining for coal has mainly stopped but some steel is still made in south Cumbria. The most important industry in Cumbria is power production at the Sellafield nuclear plant.