Plymouth, a city located on the coast of Devon in England, is situated 190 miles to the southwest of London. The area has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, when the first settlement was established. The present day Plymouth was earlier known as Sutton, and developed as a trading centre in the era of the Roman Empire. Notably in 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers departed from Plymouth to found the Plymouth Colony in the American colonies. At the time of the English Civil War, the town was controlled by the Parliamentarians and was under siege for several years.
The Industrial Revolution was a significant time for Plymouth, as it developed into a major port, with passengers and imports from the Americas passing through. Ships intended for use by the Royal Navy were also constructed at Plymouth. The city’s status as a major naval centre made it a target during World War II, and the city was partly destroyed. The city centre was rebuilt after the end of hostilities. Presently Plymouth is a major city and is represented In Parliament by three MPs.
As a coastal city, Plymouth has by tradition featured an economy based on maritime industries, and even today houses a plethora of firms engaged in maritime or marine industries. Plymouth’s Devonport Dockyard is Britain’s only naval base capable of refitting nuclear submarines. However, in recent years the importance of marine industries has decreased somewhat, with the public sector rising in importance.
The Central Park is one of Plymouth’s major attractions. The park area has been designated as trust land, meaning that it cannot be built on or occupied. Central Park offers a breathtaking view over the city and is popular with joggers and walkers.
Recreation and sport is the major function of the park, offering facilities such as football, cricket and rugby pitches, a bowling green, golf course, baseball court, swimming pool and a leisure centre. Additionally there is a newly built playground area with a representation of the continents of the world.
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