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Plymouth
Plymouth
(/ˈplɪməθ/ ( listen)) is a city on the south coast of Devon, England, about 37 miles (60 km) south-west of Exeter
Exeter
and 190 miles (310 km) west-south-west of London. It lies between the mouths of the rivers Plym to the east and Tamar to the west, where they join Plymouth Sound
Plymouth Sound
to form the boundary with Cornwall. Plymouth's early history extends to the Bronze Age, when a first settlement emerged at Mount Batten. This settlement continued as a trading post for the Roman Empire, until it was surpassed by the more prosperous village of Sutton founded in the ninth century, now called Plymouth. In 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers
Pilgrim Fathers
departed Plymouth
Plymouth
for the New World and established Plymouth Colony
Plymouth Colony
– the second English settlement in what is now the United States of America. During the English Civil War, the town was held by the Parliamentarians and was besieged between 1642 and 1646. Throughout the Industrial Revolution, Plymouth
Plymouth
grew as a commercial shipping port, handling imports and passengers from the Americas, and exporting local minerals (tin, copper, lime, china clay and arsenic). The neighbouring town of Devonport became a strategic Royal Naval shipbuilding and dockyard town. In 1914 three neighbouring independent towns, viz., the county borough of Plymouth, the county borough of Devonport, and the urban district of East Stonehouse were merged to form a single County Borough. The combined town took the name of Plymouth
Plymouth
which, in 1928, achieved city status. The city's naval importance later led to its being targeted by the German military and partially destroyed by bombing during World War II, an act known as the Plymouth
Plymouth
Blitz. After the war the city centre was completely rebuilt and subsequent expansion led to the incorporation of Plympton and Plymstock
Plymstock
along with other outlying suburbs in 1967. The city is home to 264,200 (mid-2016 est.) people, making it the 30th-most populous built-up area in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and the second-largest city in the South West, after Bristol. It is governed locally by Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Council and is represented nationally by three MPs. Plymouth's economy remains strongly influenced by shipbuilding and seafaring including ferry links to Brittany (Roscoff and St Malo) and Spain (Santander), but has tended toward a service-based economy since the 1990s. It has the largest operational naval base in Western Europe – HMNB Devonport
HMNB Devonport
and is home to Plymouth
Plymouth
University.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early history 1.2 Early defence and Renaissance 1.3 Plymouth
Plymouth
Dock, naval power and Foulston 1.4 Plan for Plymouth
Plymouth
1943

2 Government

2.1 Local government history 2.2 City
City
Council

3 Geography

3.1 Urban Form 3.2 Climate

4 Education 5 Demography 6 Economy

6.1 Plymouth
Plymouth
2020

7 Transport 8 Religion 9 Culture 10 Sport 11 Public services 12 Landmarks and tourist attractions 13 Notable people 14 See also 15 References 16 Further reading 17 External links

History[edit] Main article: History of Plymouth See also: Timeline of Plymouth Early history[edit] Upper Palaeolithic
Upper Palaeolithic
deposits, including bones of Homo sapiens, have been found in local caves,[4] and artefacts dating from the Bronze Age to the Middle Iron Age
Iron Age
have been found at Mount Batten, showing that it was one of the main trading ports of the country at that time.[5] An unidentified settlement named TAMARI OSTIA (mouth/estuaries of the Tamar) is listed in Ptolemy's Geographia and is presumed to be located in the area of the modern city.[6] An ancient promontory fort was located at Rame Head
Rame Head
at the mouth of Plymouth
Plymouth
Sound[7] with ancient hillforts located at Lyneham Warren to the east [3], Boringdon Camp[8] and Maristow
Maristow
Camp [4] to the north [5]. The settlement of Plympton, further up the River Plym
River Plym
than the current Plymouth, was also an early trading port. As the river silted up in the early 11th century, mariners and merchants were forced to settle downriver at the current day Barbican near the river mouth.[9] At the time this village was called Sutton, meaning south town in Old English.[9] The name Plym Mouth, meaning "mouth of the River Plym" was first mentioned in a Pipe Roll of 1211.[10] The name Plymouth
Plymouth
first officially replaced Sutton in a charter of King Henry VI in 1440.[11] See Plympton
Plympton
for the derivation of the name Plym. Early defence and Renaissance[edit]

Prysten House, Finewell Street, 1498, is the oldest surviving house in Plymouth, and built from local Plymouth
Plymouth
Limestone
Limestone
and Dartmoor
Dartmoor
granite

During the Hundred Years' War
Hundred Years' War
a French attack (1340) burned a manor house and took some prisoners, but failed to get into the town.[12] In 1403 the town was burned by Breton raiders.[13] On 12 November 1439, the English Parliament made Plymouth
Plymouth
the first town incorporated. In the late fifteenth century, Plymouth
Plymouth
Castle, a "castle quadrate", was constructed close to the area now known as The Barbican; it included four round towers, one at each corner, as featured on the city coat of arms.[14] The castle served to protect Sutton Pool, which is where the fleet was based in Plymouth
Plymouth
prior to the establishment of Plymouth
Plymouth
Dockyard. In 1512 an Act of Parliament was passed for further fortifying Plymouth. A series of fortifications were built, including defensive walls at the entrance to Sutton Pool (across which a chain would be extended in time of danger).[15] Defences on St Nicholas Island
St Nicholas Island
also date from this time, and a string of six artillery blockhouses were built, including one on Fishers Nose at the south-eastern corner of the Hoe.[16] This location was further strengthened by the building of a fort (later known as Drake's Fort) in 1596; it was the site of the Citadel, established in the 1660s (see below).[17]

Siege of Plymouth, 1643

During the 16th century, locally produced wool was the major export commodity.[18] Plymouth
Plymouth
was the home port for successful maritime traders, among them Sir John Hawkins, who led England's first foray into the Atlantic slave trade,[19] as well as Sir Francis Drake, Mayor of Plymouth
Plymouth
in 1581 and 1593.[20] According to legend, Drake insisted on completing his game of bowls on the Hoe before engaging the Spanish Armada in 1588.[20] In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers
Pilgrim Fathers
set sail for the New World from Plymouth, establishing Plymouth Colony
Plymouth Colony
– the second English colony in what is now the United States of America.[21] During the English Civil War
English Civil War
Plymouth
Plymouth
sided with the Parliamentarians and was besieged for almost four years by the Royalists.[22] The last major attack by the Royalists was by Sir Richard Grenville leading thousands of soldiers towards Plymouth, but they were defeated by the Plymothians at Freedom Fields Park.[22][23] The civil war ended as a Parliamentary win, but monarchy was restored by King Charles II in 1660, who imprisoned many of the Parliamentary heroes on Drake's Island.[22] Construction of the Royal Citadel began in 1665, after the Restoration; it was armed with cannon facing both out to sea and into the town, rumoured to be a reminder to residents not to oppose the Crown.[24] Mount Batten
Mount Batten
tower also dates from around this time.[25] Plymouth
Plymouth
Dock, naval power and Foulston[edit]

John Foulston's Town Hall, Column and Library in Devonport

Black-eyed Sue and Sweet Poll of Plymouth
Plymouth
mourning their lovers, who are soon to be transported to Botany Bay, 1792

Unloading mail by hand from the Sir Francis Drake
Francis Drake
at Millbay
Millbay
Docks, March 1926

Throughout the 17th century Plymouth
Plymouth
had gradually lost its pre-eminence as a trading port. By the mid-17th century, commodities manufactured elsewhere in England cost too much to transport to Plymouth, and the city had no means of processing sugar or tobacco imports, major products from the colonies. It played a part in the Atlantic slave trade
Atlantic slave trade
during the early 18th century, although it was relatively small.[18] In the nearby parish of Stoke Damerel
Stoke Damerel
the first dockyard, HMNB Devonport, opened in 1690 on the eastern bank of the River Tamar. Further docks were built here in 1727, 1762 and 1793.[1] The settlement that developed here was called "Dock" or " Plymouth
Plymouth
Dock" at the time,[26] and a new town, separate from Plymouth, grew up. In 1712 there were 318 men employed and by 1733 the population had grown to 3,000 people.[9] Before the latter half of the 18th century, grain, timber and then coal were Plymouth's main imports.[27] During this time the real source of wealth was from the neighbouring town of Plymouth
Plymouth
Dock (renamed in 1824 to Devonport) and the major employer in the entire region was the dockyard.[9] The Three Towns
Three Towns
conurbation of Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport enjoyed some prosperity during the late 18th and early 19th century and were enriched by a series of neo-classical urban developments designed by London
London
architect John Foulston.[28] Foulston was important for both Devonport and Plymouth
Plymouth
and was responsible for several grand public buildings, many now destroyed,[29] including the Athenaeum, the Theatre Royal and Royal Hotel, and much of Union Street.[28] Local chemist William Cookworthy
William Cookworthy
established his short-lived Plymouth Porcelain
Porcelain
venture in 1768 to exploit the deposits of china clay that he had discovered in Cornwall. He was acquainted with engineer John Smeaton, the builder of the third Eddystone Lighthouse.[30] The 1-mile-long (2 km) Breakwater in Plymouth Sound
Plymouth Sound
was designed by John Rennie in order to protect the fleet moving in and out of Devonport; work started in 1812. Numerous technical difficulties and repeated storm damage meant that it was not completed until 1841, twenty years after Rennie's death.[31] In the 1860s, a ring of Palmerston forts
Palmerston forts
was constructed around the outskirts of Devonport, to protect the dockyard from attack from any direction.[32] Some of the most significant imports to Plymouth
Plymouth
from the Americas and Europe during the latter half of the 19th century included maize, wheat, barley, sugar cane, guano, sodium nitrate and phosphate.[33] Aside from the dockyard in the town of Devonport, industries in Plymouth
Plymouth
such as the gasworks, the railways and tramways, and a number of small chemical works had begun to develop in the 19th century, continuing into the 20th century.[34] Plan for Plymouth
Plymouth
1943[edit] During the First World War, Plymouth
Plymouth
was the port of entry for many troops from around the Empire. It was developed as a facility for the manufacture of munitions.[35] Although major units of the Royal Navy moved to the safety of Scapa Flow, Devonport was an important base for escort vessels and repairs. Flying boats operated from Mount Batten.[35]

Royal William Victualling Yard, Stonehouse by Sir John Rennie,1825–33.

During the Second World War, Devonport was the headquarters of Western Approaches Command until 1941, and Sunderland flying boats were operated by the Royal Australian Air Force. It was an important embarkation point for US troops for D-Day.[36] The city was heavily bombed by the Luftwaffe, in a series of 59 raids known as the Plymouth Blitz.[34] Although the dockyards were the principal targets, much of the city centre and over 3,700 houses were completely destroyed and more than 1,000 civilians lost their lives. This was largely due to Plymouth's status as a major port.[37] Charles Church was hit by incendiary bombs and partially destroyed in 1941 during the Blitz, but has not been demolished. It has been designated as an official permanent monument to the bombing of Plymouth
Plymouth
during World War II.[38] The redevelopment of the city was planned by Sir Patrick Abercrombie in his 1943 Plan for Plymouth
Plymouth
whilst simultaneously working on the reconstruction plan for London.[39] Between 1951 and 1957 over 1000 homes were completed every year, mostly using innovative prefabricated systems of just three main types/[40] By 1964 over 20,000 new homes had been built, transforming the dense overcrowded and unsanitary slums of the pre-war city into a low density, dispersed suburbia.[40][41] Most of the city centre shops had been destroyed and those that remained were cleared to enable a zoned reconstruction according to his plan.[40][41] In 1962 the modernist high rise of the Civic Centre
Civic Centre
was constructed, an architecturally significant example of mid-twentieth century civic slab-and-tower set piece. The Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Council allowed it to fall into disrepair but it was grade II listed in 2010 by English Heritage
English Heritage
to prevent its demolition.[40][42] Post-war, Devonport Dockyard was kept busy refitting aircraft carriers such as the Ark Royal and, later, nuclear submarines. New light industrial factories were constructed in the newly zoned industrial sector, attracting rapid growth of the urban population. The army had substantially left the city by 1971, after barracks were pulled down in the 1960s.[41] But the city remains home to the 42 Commando
42 Commando
of the Royal Marines.[41] Government[edit] Local government history[edit] The first record of the existence of a settlement at Plymouth
Plymouth
was in the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
in 1086 as Sudtone, Saxon for south farm, located at the present-day Barbican.[1] From Saxon times, it was in the hundred of Roborough.[43] In 1254 it gained status as a town and in 1439, became the first town in England to be granted a Charter by Parliament.[1] Between 1439 and 1934, Plymouth
Plymouth
had a Mayor.[44] In 1914 the county boroughs of Plymouth
Plymouth
and Devonport, and the urban district of East Stonehouse merged to form a single county borough of Plymouth.[9] Collectively they were referred to as "The Three Towns".[45] In 1919 Nancy Astor
Nancy Astor
was elected the first ever female member of parliament to take office in the British Houses of Parliament for the constituency of Plymouth
Plymouth
Sutton. Taking over office from her husband Waldorf Astor, Lady Astor was a vibrantly active campaigner for her resident constituents. Plymouth
Plymouth
was granted city status on 18 October 1928.[46] The city's first Lord Mayor
Lord Mayor
was appointed in 1935 and its boundaries further expanded in 1967 to include the town of Plympton and the parish of Plymstock.[9] In 1945, Plymouth-born Michael Foot
Michael Foot
was elected Labour MP for the war-torn constituency of Plymouth
Plymouth
Devonport and after serving as Secretary of State for Education and responsible for the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act, went on to become leader of the Labour party (1980-1983). The 1971 Local Government White Paper proposed abolishing county boroughs, which would have left Plymouth, a town of 250,000 people, being administered from a council based at the smaller Exeter, on the other side of the county. This led to Plymouth
Plymouth
lobbying for the creation of a Tamarside county, to include Plymouth, Torpoint, Saltash, and the rural hinterland.[47] The campaign was not successful, and Plymouth
Plymouth
ceased to be a county borough on 1 April 1974 with responsibility for education, social services, highways and libraries transferred to Devon
Devon
County Council. All powers returned when the city become a unitary authority on 1 April 1998 under recommendations of the Banham Commission.[48] In the Parliament of the United Kingdom, Plymouth
Plymouth
is represented by the three constituencies of Plymouth
Plymouth
Moor View, Plymouth Sutton
Plymouth Sutton
and Devonport and South West Devon
Devon
and within the European Parliament
European Parliament
as South West England.[49] In the 2015 general election all three constituencies returned Conservative MPs, who were Oliver Colvile
Oliver Colvile
(for Sutton and Devonport), Gary Streeter
Gary Streeter
(for South West Devon) and Johnny Mercer for Moor View. City
City
Council[edit]

Civic Centre, 1954–61, symbolic of the Post War 'Heroic Modernism' of the Welfare State; nationally listed in 2009 to prevent its demolition by Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Councillors

Main article: Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Council The City
City
of Plymouth
Plymouth
is divided into 20 wards, 17 of which elect three councillors and the other three electing two councillors, making up a total council of 57.[50] Each year a third of the council is up for election for three consecutive years – there are no elections on the following "fourth" year, which is when County Council elections take place.[50] The total electorate for Plymouth
Plymouth
was 188,924 in April 2015.[51] The local election of 7 May 2015 resulted in a political composition of 28 Labour councillors, 26 Conservative and 3 UKIP resulting in a Labour administration.[52] Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Council is formally twinned with: Brest, France
Brest, France
(1963), Gdynia, Poland (1976), Novorossiysk, Russia (1990) San Sebastián, Spain (1990) and Plymouth, United States (2001).[53] Plymouth
Plymouth
was granted the dignity of Lord Mayor
Lord Mayor
by King George V
George V
in 1935. The position is elected each year by a group of six councillors.[54] It is traditional that the position of the Lord Mayor alternates between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party annually and that the Lord Mayor
Lord Mayor
chooses the Deputy Lord Mayor.[54] Conservative councillor Dr John Mahony is the incumbent for 2015–16.[2]

The Great Hall in the Guildhall

The Lord Mayor's official residence is 3 Elliot Terrace, located on the Hoe.[55] Once a home of Waldorf and Nancy Astor, it was given by Lady Astor to the City
City
of Plymouth
Plymouth
as an official residence for future Lord Mayors and is also used today for civic hospitality, as lodgings for visiting dignitaries and High Court judges and it is also available to hire for private events.[55] The Civic Centre
Civic Centre
municipal office building in Armada Way became a listed building in June 2007 because of its quality and period features, but has become the centre of a controversy as the council planned for its demolition estimating that it could cost £40m to refurbish it, resulting in possible job losses.[56] Geography[edit] See also: List of places in Plymouth

Northeastward view of Plymouth Sound
Plymouth Sound
from Mount Edgcumbe Country Park in Cornwall, with Drake's Island
Drake's Island
(centre) and, behind it from left to right, the Royal Citadel, the fuel tanks of Cattedown, and Mount Batten; in the background, the hills of Dartmoor.

Plymouth
Plymouth
lies between the River Plym
River Plym
to the east and the River Tamar to the west; both rivers flow into the natural harbour of Plymouth Sound.[57] Since 1967, the unitary authority of Plymouth
Plymouth
has included the, once independent, towns of Plympton
Plympton
and Plymstock
Plymstock
which lie along the east of the River Plym.[9] The River Tamar
River Tamar
forms the county boundary between Devon
Devon
and Cornwall
Cornwall
and its estuary forms the Hamoaze on which is sited Devonport Dockyard.[57] The River Plym, which flows off Dartmoor
Dartmoor
to the north-east, forms a smaller estuary to the east of the city called Cattewater. Plymouth Sound is protected from the sea by the Plymouth
Plymouth
Breakwater, in use since 1814.[58] In the Sound is Drake's Island
Drake's Island
which is seen from Plymouth
Plymouth
Hoe, a flat public area on top of limestone cliffs.[59] The Unitary Authority
Unitary Authority
of Plymouth
Plymouth
is 79.83 square kilometres (30.82 sq mi).[3] The topography rises from sea level to a height, at Roborough, of about 509 feet (155 m) above Ordnance Datum (AOD).[60] Geologically, Plymouth
Plymouth
has a mixture of limestone, Devonian
Devonian
slate, granite and Middle Devonian
Devonian
limestone.[61] Plymouth
Plymouth
Sound, Shores and Cliffs is a Site of Special
Special
Scientific Interest, because of its geology.[62] The bulk of the city is built upon Upper Devonian
Devonian
slates and shales and the headlands at the entrance to Plymouth Sound
Plymouth Sound
are formed of Lower Devonian
Devonian
slates, which can withstand the power of the sea.[61] A band of Middle Devonian
Devonian
limestone runs west to east from Cremyll
Cremyll
to Plymstock
Plymstock
including the Hoe.[61] Local limestone may be seen in numerous buildings, walls and pavements throughout Plymouth.[61] To the north and north east of the city is the granite mass of Dartmoor; the granite was mined and exported via Plymouth. Rocks brought down the Tamar from Dartmoor
Dartmoor
include ores containing tin, copper, tungsten, lead and other minerals.[61] There is evidence that the middle Devonian
Devonian
limestone belt at the south edge of Plymouth
Plymouth
and in Plymstock was quarried at West Hoe, Cattedown
Cattedown
and Radford.[63] Urban Form[edit]

Armada Way looking north

On 27 April 1944 Sir Patrick Abercrombie's Plan for Plymouth
Plymouth
to rebuild the bomb-damaged city was published; it called for demolition of the few remaining pre-War buildings in the city centre to make way for their replacement with wide, parallel, modern boulevards aligned east–west linked by a north–south avenue (Armada Way) linking the railway station with the vista of Plymouth
Plymouth
Hoe.[39] A peripheral road system connecting the historic Barbican on the east and Union Street to the west determines the principal form of the city centre, even following pedestrianisation of the shopping centre in the late 1980s, and continues to inform the present 'Vision for Plymouth' developed by a team led by Barcelona-based architect David MacKay in 2003 which calls for revivification of the city centre with mixed-use and residential.[64] In suburban areas, post-War prefabs had already begun to appear by 1946, and over 1,000 permanent council houses were built each year from 1951–57 according to the Modernist
Modernist
zoned low-density garden city model advocated by Abercrombie.[41] By 1964 over 20,000 new homes had been built, more than 13,500 of them permanent council homes and 853 built by the Admiralty.[41] Plymouth
Plymouth
is home to 28 parks with an average size of 45,638 square metres (491,240 sq ft).[65] Its largest park is Central Park,[66] with other sizeable green spaces including Victoria Park, Freedom Fields Park, Alexandra Park, Devonport Park and the Hoe.[65] Climate[edit]

Plymouth[67]

Climate chart (explanation)

J F M A M J J A S O N D

    108     9 4

    84     9 4

    78     11 5

    67     13 6

    64     16 9

    57     18 11

    62     20 13

    67     20 13

    74     18 12

    113     15 9

    113     12 6

    119     10 5

Average max. and min. temperatures in °C

Precipitation
Precipitation
totals in mm

Imperial conversion

J F M A M J J A S O N D

    4.3     48 39

    3.3     48 38

    3.1     51 41

    2.6     55 43

    2.5     60 48

    2.2     64 52

    2.4     68 56

    2.6     68 56

    2.9     65 53

    4.4     59 49

    4.4     53 44

    4.7     49 40

Average max. and min. temperatures in °F

Precipitation
Precipitation
totals in inches

Along with the rest of South West England, Plymouth
Plymouth
has a temperate oceanic climate (Köppen Cfb) which is generally wetter and milder than the rest of England. This means a wide range of exotic plants can be grown. The annual mean temperature is approximately 11 °C (52 °F). Due to the modifying effect of the sea the seasonal range is less than in most other parts of the UK.[68] As a result of this summer highs are lower than points further north in the UK; however, the coldest month of February has mean minimum temperatures as mild as between 3 and 4 °C (37 and 39 °F). Snow is rare, not usually equating to more than a few flakes, but there have been exclusions, namely the European winter storms of 2009-10
European winter storms of 2009-10
which, in early January, covered Plymouth
Plymouth
in at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) of snow; more on higher ground. Another period of notable snow occurred from 17–19 December 2010 when up to 8 inches (20 cm) of snow fell through the period – though only 2 inches (5.1 cm) would lie at any one time due to melt. Over the 1961–1990 period, annual snowfall accumulation averaged less than 7 cm (3 in) per year.[69] July and August are the warmest months with mean daily maxima over 19 °C (66 °F).[67] South West England
South West England
has a favoured location when the Azores High pressure area extends north-eastwards towards the UK, particularly in summer. Coastal areas have average annual sunshine totals over 1,600 hours.[68] Rainfall tends to be associated with Atlantic depressions or with convection. The Atlantic depressions are more vigorous in autumn and winter and most of the rain which falls in those seasons in the south-west is from this source. Average annual rainfall is around 980 millimetres (39 in). November to March have the highest mean wind speeds, with June to August having the lightest winds. The predominant wind direction is from the south-west.[68] Typically, the warmest day of the year (1971–2000) will achieve a temperature of 26.6 °C (80 °F),[70] although in June 1976 the temperature reached 31.6 °C (89 °F),[71] the site record. On average, 4.25 days[72] of the year will report a maximum temperature of 25.1 °C (77 °F) or above. During the winter half of the year, the coldest night will typically fall to −4.1 °C (25 °F)[73] although in January 1979 the temperature fell to −8.8 °C (16 °F).[74] Typically, 18.6 nights[75] of the year will register an air frost.

Climate data for Mount Batten, Plymouth, 1981–2010, extremes 1960–

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 14.4 (57.9) 14.6 (58.3) 18.3 (64.9) 24.1 (75.4) 25.9 (78.6) 31.6 (88.9) 31.0 (87.8) 30.9 (87.6) 26.3 (79.3) 23.0 (73.4) 17.1 (62.8) 16.1 (61) 31.6 (88.9)

Average high °C (°F) 8.8 (47.8) 8.8 (47.8) 10.5 (50.9) 12.6 (54.7) 15.6 (60.1) 18.0 (64.4) 19.9 (67.8) 20.0 (68) 18.1 (64.6) 14.8 (58.6) 11.8 (53.2) 9.5 (49.1) 14.0 (57.2)

Average low °C (°F) 4.0 (39.2) 3.6 (38.5) 4.8 (40.6) 5.9 (42.6) 8.8 (47.8) 11.2 (52.2) 13.3 (55.9) 13.4 (56.1) 11.6 (52.9) 9.3 (48.7) 6.4 (43.5) 4.5 (40.1) 8.1 (46.6)

Record low °C (°F) −8.8 (16.2) −7 (19) −7 (19) −2.4 (27.7) −0.5 (31.1) 2.9 (37.2) 6.1 (43) 5.9 (42.6) 1.9 (35.4) −1 (30) −3.4 (25.9) −5.7 (21.7) −8.8 (16.2)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 108.3 (4.264) 84.1 (3.311) 78.0 (3.071) 66.9 (2.634) 63.8 (2.512) 57.2 (2.252) 62.3 (2.453) 67.4 (2.654) 73.7 (2.902) 113.4 (4.465) 113.4 (4.465) 118.8 (4.677) 1,007.4 (39.661)

Average precipitation days 15.1 11.6 12.4 10.9 10.4 8.5 9.4 10.1 9.9 14.4 15.0 14.5 142.1

Mean monthly sunshine hours 61.9 85.5 123.3 187.5 224.8 222.8 213.8 204.4 160.8 115.5 75.3 54.5 1,730.1

Source: Met Office[76]

Education[edit] See also: List of schools in Plymouth

The Roland Levinsky Building
Roland Levinsky Building
– Faculty of Arts of the University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth
University of Plymouth
enrolls 21,645 total students as of 2016/17 (38th largest in the UK out of 167).[77] It also employs 3,000 staff with an annual income of around £160 million.[78] It was founded in 1992 from Polytechnic South West (formerly Plymouth
Plymouth
Polytechnic) following the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.[79] It has a wide range of courses including those in marine focused business, marine engineering, marine biology and Earth, ocean and environmental sciences, surf science, shipping and logistics.[80] The university formed a joint venture with the fellow Devonian
Devonian
University of Exeter in 2000, establishing the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. The college is ranked 8th out of 30 universities in the UK in 2011 for medicine.[81] Its dental school was established in 2006, which also provides free dental care in an attempt to improve access to dental care in the South West. The University of St Mark & St John (known as "Marjon" or "Marjons") specialises in teacher training, and offers training across the country and abroad.[82] The city is also home to two large colleges. The City
City
College Plymouth provides courses from the most basic to Foundation degrees for approximately 26,000 students.[83] Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth College of Art
offers a selection of courses including media. It was started 153 years ago and is now one of only four independent colleges of art and design in the UK.[84] Plymouth
Plymouth
also has 71 state primary phase schools, 13 state secondary schools, eight special schools and three selective state grammar schools, Devonport High School for Girls, Devonport High School for Boys and Plymouth
Plymouth
High School for Girls.[85] There is also an independent school Plymouth
Plymouth
College. The city was also home to the Royal Naval Engineering College; opened in 1880 in Keyham, it trained engineering students for five years before they completed the remaining two years of the course at Greenwich. The college closed in 1910, but in 1940 a new college opened at Manadon. This was renamed Dockyard Technical College in 1959 before finally closing in 1994; training was transferred to the University of Southampton.[86] Plymouth
Plymouth
is home to the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (MBA; founded 1884) which conducts research in all areas of the marine sciences. The Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
(PML; founded 1988) was formed in part from components of the MBA. Together with the National Marine Aquarium, the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Sciences, Plymouth
Plymouth
University's Marine Institute and the Diving Diseases Research Centre, these marine-related organisations form the Plymouth
Plymouth
Marine Sciences Partnership. The Plymouth
Plymouth
Marine Laboratory, which focuses on global issues of climate change and sustainability. It monitors the effects of ocean acidity on corals and shellfish and reports the results to the UK government. It also cultivates algae that could be used to make biofuels or in the treatment of waste water by using technology such as photo-bioreactors. It works alongside the Boots Group
Boots Group
to investigate the use of algae in skin care protects, taking advantage of the chemicals they contain that adapt to protect themselves from the sun.[87] Demography[edit] From the 2011 Census, the Office for National Statistics
Office for National Statistics
published that Plymouth's unitary authority area population was 256,384;[88] 15,664 more people than that of the last census from 2001, which indicated that Plymouth
Plymouth
had a population of 240,720.[89] The Plymouth urban area had a population of 260,203 in 2011 (the urban sprawl which extends outside the authority's boundaries). The city's average household size was 2.3 persons.[90][91] At the time of the 2011 UK census, the ethnic composition of Plymouth's population was 96.2% White (of 92.9% was White British), with the largest minority ethnic group being Chinese at 0.5%.[88] The white Irish ethnic group saw the largest decline in its share of the population since the 2001 Census (-24%), while the Other Asian and Black African had the largest increases (360% and 351% respectively).[88][92] This excludes the two new ethnic groups added to the 2011 census of Gypsy or Irish Traveller and Arab. The population rose rapidly during the second half of the 19th century, but declined by over 1.6% from 1931 to 1951. Plymouth's gross value added (a measure of the size of its economy) was 5,169 million GBP in 2013 making up 25% of Devon's GVA.[93] Its GVA per person was £19,943 and compared to the national average of £23,755, was £3,812 lower.[93] Plymouth's unemployment rate was 7.0% in 2014 which was 2.0 points higher than the South West average and 0.8 points higher than the average for Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).[94] A 2014 profile by the National Health Service
National Health Service
showed Plymouth
Plymouth
had higher than average levels of poverty and deprivation (26.2% of population among the poorest 20.4% nationally). Life expectancy, at 78.3 years for men and 82.1 for women, was the lowest of any region in the South West of England.[95]

Ethnic group Representation, 2011 Change since 2001

White 96.15% -2%

Mixed 1.28% +98%

Asian 1.52% +157%

Black 0.65% +249%

Other 0.39% +83%

Economy[edit]

HMNB Devonport
HMNB Devonport
– the largest operational naval base in Western Europe.[96]

Because of its coastal location, the economy of Plymouth
Plymouth
has traditionally been maritime,[97] in particular the defence sector with over 12,000 people employed and approximately 7,500 in the armed forces.[98] The Plymouth Gin Distillery
Plymouth Gin Distillery
has been producing Plymouth Gin
Gin
since 1793, which was exported around the world by the Royal Navy.[99] During the 1930s, it was the most widely distributed gin and has a controlled term of origin.[99] Since the 1980s, employment in the defence sector has decreased substantially and the public sector is now prominent particularly in administration, health, education, medicine and engineering.[98] Devonport Dockyard is the UK's only naval base that refits nuclear submarines and the Navy estimates that the Dockyard generates about 10% of Plymouth's income.[96] Plymouth
Plymouth
has the largest cluster of marine and maritime businesses in the south west with 270 firms operating within the sector.[100] Other substantial employers include the university with almost 3,000 staff,[78] the national retail chain The Range at their Estover headquarters, as well as the Plymouth Science Park employing 500 people in 50 companies.[98] Plymouth
Plymouth
has a post-war shopping area in the city centre with substantial pedestrianisation.[41] At the west end of the zone inside a grade II listed building is the Pannier
Pannier
Market that was completed in 1959 – pannier meaning "basket" from French, so it translates as "basket market".[101] In terms of retail floorspace, Plymouth
Plymouth
is ranked in the top five in the South West,[102] and 29th nationally.[103] Plymouth
Plymouth
was one of the first ten British cities to trial the new Business Improvement District initiative.[104] The Tinside Pool
Tinside Pool
is situated at the foot of the Hoe and became a grade II listed building in 1998 before being restored to its 1930s look for £3.4 million.[105] Plymouth
Plymouth
2020[edit]

This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (February 2017)

Since 2003, Plymouth
Plymouth
Council has been undertaking a project of urban redevelopment called the "Vision for Plymouth" launched by the architect David Mackay and backed by both Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Council and the Plymouth
Plymouth
Chamber of Commerce (PCC).[64] Its projects range from shopping centres, a cruise terminal, a boulevard and to increase the population to 300,000 and build 33,000 dwellings.[64]

Interior of the Drake Circus Shopping Centre
Drake Circus Shopping Centre
in 2006

In 2004 the old Drake Circus shopping centre and Charles Cross car park were demolished and replaced by the latest Drake Circus Shopping Centre, which opened in October 2006.[106] It received negative feedback before opening when David Mackay said it was already "ten years out of date".[106] In contrast, the Theatre Royal's production and education centre, TR2, which was built on wasteland at Cattedown, was a runner-up for the RIBA Stirling Prize
Stirling Prize
for Architecture in 2003.[107] There is a project involving the future relocation of Plymouth
Plymouth
City Council's headquarters, the civic centre, to the current location of the Bretonside bus station; it would involve both the bus station and civic centre being demolished and a rebuilt together at the location with the land from the civic centre being sold off.[108] Other suggestions include the demolition of the Plymouth
Plymouth
Pavilions entertainment arena to create a canal "boulevard" linking Millbay
Millbay
to the city centre. Millbay
Millbay
is being regenerated with mixed residential, retail and office space alongside the ferry port.[109] Transport[edit]

The Royal Albert Bridge, 1859 (closest), and Tamar Bridge, 1961 (behind), connect Cornwall
Cornwall
with Plymouth[57]

See also: Railways in Plymouth The A38 dual-carriageway runs from east to west across the north of the city. Within the city it is designated as 'The Parkway' and represents the boundary between the urban parts of the city and the generally more recent suburban areas. Heading east, it connects Plymouth
Plymouth
to the M5 motorway
M5 motorway
about 40 miles (65 km) away near Exeter; and heading west it connects Cornwall
Cornwall
and Devon
Devon
via the Tamar Bridge.[110] Regular bus services are provided by Plymouth
Plymouth
Citybus, Stagecoach South West
Stagecoach South West
and Target Travel.[111] There are three Park and ride services located at Milehouse, Coypool (Plympton) and George Junction ( Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Airport), which are operated by Stagecoach South West.[112]

MV Pont-Aven: Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries
service to Roscoff, France and Santander, Spain
Santander, Spain
in Millbay
Millbay
Docks

A regular international ferry service provided by Brittany Ferries operates from Millbay
Millbay
taking cars and foot passengers directly to France (Roscoff) and Spain (Santander) on the three ferries, MV Armorique, MV Bretagne
MV Bretagne
and MV Pont-Aven.[113] The Cremyll
Cremyll
Ferry is a passenger ferry between Stonehouse and the Cornish hamlet of Cremyll, which is believed to have operated continuously since 1204.[114] There is also a pedestrian ferry from the Mayflower Steps
Mayflower Steps
to Mount Batten,[115] and an alternative to using the Tamar Bridge
Tamar Bridge
via the Torpoint
Torpoint
Ferry (vehicle and pedestrian) across the River Tamar.[116] The city's airport was Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Airport about 4 miles (6 km) north of the city centre.[117] The airport was home to the local airline Air Southwest,[118] which operated flights across the United Kingdom and Ireland.[119] In June 2003, a report by the South West RDA was published looking at the future of aviation in the south-west and the possible closure of airports.[120] It concluded that the best option for the south-west was to close Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Airport and expand Exeter
Exeter
International Airport and Newquay Cornwall
Cornwall
Airport, although it did conclude that this was not the best option for Plymouth.[121] In April 2011, it was announced that the airport would close,[122] which it did on 23 December. Fly Plymouth
Plymouth
has put forward plans to reopen the city airport by 2018, which would provide daily services to various destinations including London.[123] Plymouth
Plymouth
railway station, which opened in 1877,[124] is managed by Great Western Railway and also sees trains on the CrossCountry network.[125] Smaller stations are served by local trains on the Tamar Valley Line and Cornish Main Line.[126] First Great Western
First Great Western
have come under fire recently, due to widespread rail service cuts across the south-west, which affect Plymouth
Plymouth
greatly.[127] Three MPs from the three main political parties in the region have lobbied that the train services are vital to its economy.[128] There is a proposal to reopen the Exeter
Exeter
to Plymouth
Plymouth
railway of the LSWR which would connect Cornwall
Cornwall
and Plymouth
Plymouth
to the rest of the UK railway system on an all weather basis. There are proposals to reopen the line from Tavistock
Tavistock
to Bere Alston for a through service to Plymouth.[129] On the night of 4 February 2014, amid high winds and extremely rough seas, part of the sea wall at Dawlish
Dawlish
was breached washing away around 40 metres (130 ft) of the wall and the ballast under the railway immediately behind. The line was closed. Network Rail
Network Rail
began repair work[130] and the line reopened on 4 April 2014.[131] In the wake of widespread disruption caused by damage to the mainline track at Dawlish
Dawlish
by coastal storms in February 2014, Network Rail
Network Rail
are considering reopening the Tavistock
Tavistock
to Okehampton
Okehampton
and Exeter
Exeter
section of the line as an alternative to the coastal route.[132] Plymouth
Plymouth
is at the southern end of the 99-mile (159 km) long Devon
Devon
Coast to Coast Cycle Route ( National Cycle Route
National Cycle Route
27). The route runs mostly traffic free on off-road sections between Ilfracombe
Ilfracombe
and Plymouth. The route uses former railway lines, though there are some stretches on public roads.[133] Religion[edit]

The Catholic cathedral

Plymouth
Plymouth
has about 150 churches and its Roman Catholic cathedral (1858) is in Stonehouse.[134][135] The city's oldest church is Plymouth
Plymouth
Minster, also known as St Andrew's Church, (Anglican) located at the top of Royal Parade—it is the largest parish church in Devon and has been a site of gathering since AD 800.[134] The city also includes five Baptist churches, over twenty Methodist chapels, and thirteen Roman Catholic churches.[136] In 1831 the first Brethren assembly in England, a movement of conservative non-denominational Evangelical Christians, was established in the city, so that Brethren are often called Plymouth
Plymouth
Brethren, although the movement did not begin locally.[137] Plymouth
Plymouth
has the first known reference to Jews in the South West from Sir Francis Drake's voyages in 1577 to 1580, as his log mentioned "Moses the Jew" – a man from Plymouth.[134] The Plymouth
Plymouth
Synagogue is a Listed Grade II* building, built in 1762 and is the oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue in the English speaking world.[138] There are also places of worship for Islam, Bahá'í, Buddhism, Unitarianism, Chinese beliefs and Humanism.[139] 58.1% of the population described themselves in the 2011 census return as being at least nominally Christian and 0.8% as Muslim with all other religions represented by less than 0.5% each. The portion of people without a religion is 32.9%; above the national average of 24.7%. 7.1% did not state their religious belief.[140] Since the 2001 Census, the number of Christians and Jews has decreased (-16% and -7% respectively), while all other religions have increased and non-religious people have almost doubled in number.[141] Culture[edit] Main article: Culture of Plymouth

The New Palace Theatre
New Palace Theatre
in 2008

Built in 1815, Union Street was at the heart of Plymouth's historical culture.[142] It became known as the servicemen's playground, as it was where sailors from the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
would seek entertainment of all kinds.[142] During the 1930s, there were 30 pubs and it attracted such performers as Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
to the New Palace Theatre.[142] It is now the late-night hub of Plymouth's entertainment strip,[143] but has a reputation for trouble at closing hours.[144] Outdoor events and festivals are held including the annual British Firework Championships in August, which attracts tens of thousands of people across the waterfront.[145] In August 2006 the world record for the most amount of simultaneous fireworks was surpassed, by Roy Lowry of the University of Plymouth, over Plymouth
Plymouth
Sound.[146] From 2014 MTV Crashes Plymouth
Plymouth
has taken place every July on Plymouth
Plymouth
Hoe, hosting big-name acts such as The 1975, Little Mix, Tinie Tempah and Busted.[147] Between 1992 and 2012 the Music of the Night celebration was performed in the Royal Citadel by the 29 Commando Regiment and local performers to raise money for local and military charities.[148] A number of other smaller cultural events taken place annually, including Plymouth
Plymouth
Art Weekender,[149] Plymouth
Plymouth
Fringe Festival[150] and Illuminate Festival.[151] The city's main theatre is Theatre Royal Plymouth, presenting large-scale West End shows and smaller works as well as an extensive education and outreach programme. The main building is locatedin the city centre and contains three performance spaces - The Lyric (1,315 capacity),[152] Drum Theatre (200 capacity),[153] and The Lab (60 capacity) - and they also run their own specialised production and creative learning centre called TR2, based in Cattedown.[154] Plymouth Pavilions has multiple uses for the city staging music concerts, basketball matches and stand-up comedy.[155] There are also three cinemas: Reel Cinema at Derrys Cross, Plymouth Arts Centre
Plymouth Arts Centre
at Looe Street and a Vue cinema at the Barbican Leisure Park.[156] Barbican Theatre, Plymouth
Plymouth
delivers a theatre and dance programme of performances and workshops focused on young people and emerging artists contains a main auditorium (110 - 140 capacity) and rehearsal studio;[157] they also host the B-Bar (80 capacity), which offers a programme of music, comedy and spoken word performance.[158] The Plymouth
Plymouth
Athenaeum, which includes a local interest library, is a society dedicated to the promotion of learning in the fields of science, technology, literature and art. In 2017 its auditorium (340 capacity) returned to use as a theatre, having been out of service since 2009.[159] The Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Museum and Art Gallery is operated by Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Council allowing free admission – it has six galleries.[160] Plymouth
Plymouth
is the regional television centre of BBC
BBC
South West.[161] A team of journalists are headquartered at Plymouth
Plymouth
for the ITV West Country regional station, after a merger with ITV West
ITV West
forced ITV Westcountry to close on 16 February 2009.[162] The main local newspapers serving Plymouth
Plymouth
are The Herald and Western Morning News with Radio Plymouth, BBC
BBC
Radio Devon, Heart South West, and Pirate FM being the local radio stations with the most listeners.[163] Sport[edit] Main article: Sport in Plymouth

Home Park

Plymouth
Plymouth
is home to Plymouth
Plymouth
Argyle F.C., who play in the third tier of English football league known as Football League One. The team's home ground is called Home Park
Home Park
and is located in Central Park.[164] It links itself with the group of English non-conformists that left Plymouth
Plymouth
for the New World
New World
in 1620: its nickname is "The Pilgrims".[165] The city also has four Non-League football
Non-League football
clubs; Plymouth
Plymouth
Parkway
Parkway
F.C. who play at Bolitho Park, Elburton Villa F.C. who play at Haye Road, Vospers Oak Villa F.C. who play at Weston Mill and Plymstock
Plymstock
United F.C. who play at Deans Cross. All four clubs play in the South West Peninsula League. Other sports clubs include Plymouth Albion R.F.C.
Plymouth Albion R.F.C.
and the Plymouth Raiders basketball club. Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club
Plymouth Albion Rugby Football Club
is a rugby union club that was founded in 1875 and are currently competing in the third tier of Professional English Rugby. They play at the Brickfields.[166] Plymouth Raiders
Plymouth Raiders
play in the British Basketball League – the top tier of British basketball. They play at the Plymouth Pavilions
Plymouth Pavilions
entertainment arena and were founded in 1983.[167] Plymouth cricket club was formed in 1843, the current 1st XI play in the Devon
Devon
Premier League. Plymouth Devils are a speedway team in the British National League,.[citation needed] Plymouth
Plymouth
was home to an American football
American football
club, the Plymouth Admirals until 2010. Plymouth
Plymouth
is also home to Plymouth
Plymouth
Marjons Hockey Club, with their 1st XI playing in the National League last season. Plymouth
Plymouth
is an important centre for watersports, especially scuba diving and sailing. The Port of Plymouth
Plymouth
Regatta is one of the oldest regattas in the world, and has been held regularly since 1823. In September 2011, Plymouth
Plymouth
hosted the America's Cup World Series
America's Cup World Series
for nine days.[168] Public services[edit]

The Devonport Leat
Devonport Leat
on Dartmoor
Dartmoor
looking up stream

Since 1973 Plymouth
Plymouth
has been supplied water by South West Water. Prior to the 1973 take over it was supplied by Plymouth
Plymouth
County Borough Corporation.[169] Before the 19th century two leats were built in order to provide drinking water for the town. They carried water from Dartmoor
Dartmoor
to Plymouth. A watercourse, known as Plymouth
Plymouth
or Drake's Leat, was opened on 24 April 1591 to tap the River Meavy.[170] The Devonport Leat
Devonport Leat
was constructed to carry fresh drinking water to the expanding town of Devonport and its ever-growing dockyard. It was fed by three Dartmoor
Dartmoor
rivers: The West Dart, Cowsic and Blackabrook. It seems to have been carrying water since 1797, but it was officially completed in 1801. It was originally designed to carry water to Devonport town, but has since been shortened and now carries water to Burrator Reservoir, which feeds most of the water supply of Plymouth.[171] Burrator Reservoir
Burrator Reservoir
is located about 5 miles (8 km) north of the city and was constructed in 1898 and expanded in 1928.[172]

The Plymouth
Plymouth
Combined Crown and County Courts

Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Council is responsible for waste management throughout the city and South West Water is responsible for sewerage.[173][174] Plymouth's electricity is supplied from the National Grid and distributed to Plymouth
Plymouth
via Western Power Distribution.[175] On the outskirts of Plympton
Plympton
a combined cycle gas-powered station, the Langage Power Station, which started to produce electricity for Plymouth
Plymouth
at the end of 2009.[176] Her Majesty's Courts Service
Her Majesty's Courts Service
provide a Magistrates' Court and a Combined Crown and County Court
County Court
in the city.[177][178] The Plymouth Borough Police, formed in 1836, eventually became part of Devon
Devon
and Cornwall
Cornwall
Constabulary.[179] There are police stations at Charles Cross and Crownhill
Crownhill
(the Divisional HQ) and smaller stations at Plympton
Plympton
and Plymstock.[180] The city has one of the Devon
Devon
and Cornwall
Cornwall
Area Crown Prosecution Service Divisional offices.[181] Plymouth
Plymouth
has five fire stations located in Camel's Head, Crownhill, Greenbank, Plympton
Plympton
and Plymstock
Plymstock
which is part of Devon
Devon
and Somerset
Somerset
Fire and Rescue Service.[182] The Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
have an Atlantic 85 class lifeboat and Severn class lifeboat
Severn class lifeboat
stationed at Millbay Docks.[183] Plymouth
Plymouth
is served by Plymouth
Plymouth
Hospitals NHS Trust and the city's NHS hospital is Derriford Hospital
Derriford Hospital
4 miles (6 km) north of the city centre. The Royal Eye Infirmary is located at Derriford Hospital.[184] South Western Ambulance Service
South Western Ambulance Service
NHS Foundation Trust operates in Plymouth
Plymouth
and the rest of the south west; its headquarters are in Exeter.[185] The mid-19th century burial ground at Ford Park Cemetery
Ford Park Cemetery
was reopened in 2007 by a successful trust and the City
City
council operate two large early 20th century cemeteries at Weston Mill and Efford
Efford
both with crematoria and chapels. There is also a privately owned cemetery on the outskirts of the city, Drake Memorial Park which does not allow headstones to mark graves, but a brass plaque set into the ground.[186] Landmarks and tourist attractions[edit]

Grade I listed Town Hall, Column and Library in Devonport

Elliot Terrace, Plymouth
Plymouth
Hoe

After the English Civil War
English Civil War
the Royal Citadel was built in 1666 on the east end of Plymouth
Plymouth
Hoe, to defend the port from naval attacks, suppress Plymothian Parliamentary leanings and to train the armed forces. Guided tours are available in the summer months.[24] Further west is Smeaton's Tower, which was built in 1759 as a lighthouse on rocks 14 miles (23 km) off shore, but dismantled and the top two thirds rebuilt on the Hoe in 1877.[187] It is open to the public and has views over the Plymouth Sound
Plymouth Sound
and the city from the lantern room.[188] Plymouth
Plymouth
has 20 war memorials of which nine are on The Hoe including: Plymouth
Plymouth
Naval Memorial, to remember those killed in World Wars I and II, and the Armada Memorial, to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish Armada.[189] The early port settlement of Plymouth, called "Sutton", approximates to the area now referred to as the Barbican and has 100 listed buildings and the largest concentration of cobbled streets in Britain.[190] The Pilgrim Fathers
Pilgrim Fathers
left for the New World
New World
in 1620 near the commemorative Mayflower Steps
Mayflower Steps
in Sutton Pool.[191] Also on Sutton Pool is the National Marine Aquarium which displays 400 marine species and includes Britain's deepest aquarium tank.[192] One mile (two kilometres) upstream on the opposite side of the River Plym is the Saltram estate, which has a Jacobean and Georgian mansion.[193] On the northern outskirts of the city, Crownhill
Crownhill
Fort is a well restored example of a "Palmerston's Folly". It is owned by the Landmark Trust
Landmark Trust
and is open to the public.[194] To the west of the city is Devonport, one of Plymouth's historic quarters. As part of Devonport's millennium regeneration project, the Devonport Heritage Trail has been introduced, complete with over 70 waymarkers outlining the route.[195] Plymouth
Plymouth
is often used as a base by visitors to Dartmoor, the Tamar Valley and the beaches of south-east Cornwall.[196] Kingsand, Cawsand and Whitsand Bay
Whitsand Bay
are popular.[197] The Roland Levinsky building, the landmark building of the University of Plymouth, is located in the city's central quarter. Designed by leading architect Henning Larsen, the building was opened in 2008 and houses the University's Arts faculty. It has been consistently considered one of the UK's most beautiful university buildings.[198]

Images of landmarks

Smeaton's Tower

Plymouth Sound
Plymouth Sound
and Breakwater

National Armada memorial (Britannia)

Naval War Memorial

The Parade, Barbican

The Mayflower Steps
Mayflower Steps
Memorial

Saltram House
Saltram House
remodelled by the architect Robert Adam

Notable people[edit] Main article: List of people from Plymouth

Sir Francis Drake

People from Plymouth
Plymouth
are known as Plymothians or less formally as Janners.[199] Its meaning is described as a person from Devon, deriving from Cousin Jan (the Devon
Devon
form of John), but more particularly in naval circles anyone from the Plymouth
Plymouth
area.[200] The Elizabethan navigator, Sir Francis Drake
Francis Drake
was born in the nearby town of Tavistock
Tavistock
and was the mayor of Plymouth.[201] He was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world and was known by the Spanish as El Draco meaning "The Dragon" after he raided many of their ships.[202] He died of dysentery in 1596 off the coast of Puerto Rico.[203] In 2002 a mission to recover his body and bring it to Plymouth
Plymouth
was allowed by the Ministry of Defence.[204] His cousin and contemporary John Hawkins was a Plymouth
Plymouth
man. Painter Sir Joshua Reynolds, founder and first president of the Royal Academy
Royal Academy
was born and educated in nearby Plympton, now part of Plymouth. William Cookworthy born in Kingsbridge
Kingsbridge
set up his successful porcelain business in the city and was a close friend of John Smeaton
John Smeaton
designer of the Eddystone Lighthouse. On 26 January 1786, Benjamin Robert Haydon, an English painter who specialised in grand historical pictures, was born here. The naturalist Dr William Elford Leach
William Elford Leach
FRS, who did much to pave the way in Britain for Charles Darwin, was born at Hoe Gate in 1791. Antarctic
Antarctic
explorers Robert Falcon Scott
Robert Falcon Scott
and Frank Bickerton
Frank Bickerton
both lived in the city.[205][206] Artists include Beryl Cook
Beryl Cook
whose paintings depict the culture of Plymouth[207] and Robert Lenkiewicz, whose paintings investigated themes of vagrancy, sexual behaviour and suicide, lived in the city from the 1960s until his death in 2002.[208] Illustrator and creator of children's series Mr Benn
Mr Benn
and King Rollo, David McKee, was born and brought up in South Devon
Devon
and trained at Plymouth College
Plymouth College
of Art. Jazz musician John Surman, born in nearby Tavistock, has close connections to the area, evidenced by his 2012 album Saltash
Saltash
Bells. The avant garde prepared guitarist Keith Rowe was born in the city before establishing the jazz free improvisation band AMM in London
London
in 1965 and MIMEO in 1997. The musician and film director Cosmo Jarvis
Cosmo Jarvis
has lived in several towns in South Devon
Devon
and has filmed videos in and around Plymouth.[209] In addition, actors Sir Donald Sinden
Donald Sinden
and Judi Trott. George Passmore of Turner Prize
Turner Prize
winning duo Gilbert and George
Gilbert and George
was born in the city, as was Labour politician Michael Foot
Michael Foot
whose family reside at nearby Trematon Castle.[210] Notable athletes include swimmer Sharron Davies,[211] diver Tom Daley,[212] dancer Wayne Sleep,[213] and footballer Trevor Francis.[214] Other past residents include composer journalist and newspaper editor William Henry Wills, Ron Goodwin,[215] and journalist Angela Rippon
Angela Rippon
and comedian Dawn French.[216] Canadian politician and legal scholar Chris Axworthy hails from Plymouth. America based actor Donald Moffat, whose roles include American Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson in the film The Right Stuff, and fictional President Bennett in Clear and Present Danger, was born in Plymouth.[217] Cambridge
Cambridge
spy Guy Burgess
Guy Burgess
was born at 2 Albemarle Villas, Stoke whilst his father was a serving Royal Navy
Royal Navy
officer. See also[edit]

Devon
Devon
portal

Fortifications of Plymouth Grade I listed buildings in Plymouth Grade II* listed buildings in Plymouth

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Further reading[edit]

Dunning, Martin (2001). Around Plymouth. Frith Book.  Gill, Crispin (1993). Plymouth: A New History. Devon
Devon
Books.  Robinson, Chris (2004). Plymouth
Plymouth
Then & Now. Plymouth Prints.  Casley, Nicholas (1997). The Medieval Incorporation of Plymouth
Plymouth
and a Survey of the Borough's Bounds. Old Plymouth
Plymouth
Society.  Carew, Richard (1555). The Survey of Cornwall.  N.B. Carew refers to Plymouth Hoe
Plymouth Hoe
as "the Hawe at Plymmouth" Abercrombie, Patrick; Watson, James; Stamp, Laurence; Robinson, Gilbert (27 April 1944). A Plan for Plymouth. Underhill.  N.B. the publication carries the date 1943, although published on 27 April 27, 1944 A Plan for Plymouth
Plymouth
– The Encyclopaedia of Plymouth
Plymouth
History W Best Harris – Plymouth
Plymouth
Plymouth
Plymouth
Council of Social Service (undated) W Best Harris – Stories From Plymouth's History – Self-Published, Plymouth
Plymouth
(undated) W Best Harris – The Book of Plymouth
Plymouth
– Guild of Social Service, Plymouth
Plymouth
(undated) W Best Harris – The New Book of Plymouth
Plymouth
– Guild of Social Service, Plymouth
Plymouth
(undated) W Best Harris – The Second Book of Plymouth
Plymouth
– Guild of Social Service, Plymouth, 1957 W Best Harris – Place Names of Plymouth, Dartmoor
Dartmoor
and the Tamar Valley – Self-Published, Plymouth, 1983 W Best Harris – Welcome to Plymouth
Plymouth
Plymouth
Plymouth
City
City
Council (undated)

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Unitary authorities of England

Districts

Bath and North East Somerset Bedford Blackburn with Darwen Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brighton and Hove Bristol Central Bedfordshire Cheshire East Cheshire West and Chester Cornwall County Durham Darlington Derby East Riding of Yorkshire Halton Hartlepool Herefordshire Isle of Wight Kingston upon Hull Leicester Luton Medway Middlesbrough Milton Keynes North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Somerset Northumberland Nottingham Peterborough Plymouth Poole Portsmouth Reading Redcar and Cleveland Rutland Shropshire Slough Southampton Southend-on-Sea South Gloucestershire Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Swindon Telford and Wrekin Thurrock Torbay Warrington West Berkshire Wiltshire Windsor and Maidenhead Wokingham York

Councils

Bath and North East Somerset Bedford Blackburn with Darwen Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brighton and Hove Bristol Central Bedfordshire Cheshire East Cheshire West and Chester Cornwall Derby Durham Darlington East Riding of Yorkshire Halton Hartlepool Herefordshire Isle of Wight Kingston upon Hull Leicester Luton Medway Middlesbrough Milton Keynes North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Somerset Northumberland Nottingham Peterborough Plymouth Poole Portsmouth Reading Redcar and Cleveland Rutland Shropshire Slough Southampton Southend-on-Sea South Gloucestershire Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Swindon Telford and Wrekin Thurrock Torbay Warrington West Berkshire Wiltshire Windsor and Maidenhead Wokingham York

Local elections

Bath and North East Somerset Bedford Blackburn with Darwen Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brighton and Hove Bristol Central Bedfordshire Cheshire East Cheshire West and Chester Cornwall County Durham Darlington Derby East Riding of Yorkshire Halton Hartlepool Herefordshire Isle of Wight Kingston upon Hull Leicester Luton Medway Middlesbrough Milton Keynes North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Somerset Northumberland Nottingham Peterborough Plymouth Poole Portsmouth Reading Redcar and Cleveland Rutland Shropshire Slough Southampton Southend-on-Sea South Gloucestershire Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Swindon Telford and Wrekin Thurrock Torbay Warrington West Berkshire Wiltshire Windsor and Maidenhead Wokingham York

Authority control

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