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A Victorian building in Birmingham, faced with terracotta tiles

Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England. More than one million people live in Birmingham, making it the United Kingdom's second most populated city.


Birmingham began as a small town in 1166. Many industries were developed in Birmingham during the 18th and 19th centuries. These included making weapons and food. Queen Victoria gave city status to Birmingham in 1889. It played a big role in the war effort in the First and Second World Wars. However, there is now a far lower amount of industry than at the end of the war.

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