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Brighton can trace its origins back to Brightelmstone which dates back to before the Domesday Book (1086) but developed as a health resort and spa during the 18th century. It was frequently used by the then Prince Regent and became a popular destination for Londoners to escape the city, especially the following the arrival of the railway in the 1840's.
Brighton's traditional economy for its first 700 years was centred on the fishing industry. Land called the Hempshares, the site of the present Lanes) provided hemp for ropes and sails were made from flax which was grown in nearby Hove. Fishing nets were dried and boast were kept on land which became Old Steine and fishermen lived and worked on the foreshore below east cliff. Herring and mackerel were the main products, but plaice, cod and conger eels were also fished.
In the 18th century the economy diversified as the town grew. Small-scale foundries were established, especially in the North Laine area; coal importers such as the Brighthelmston Coal Company set up business to receive fuel sent from Newcastle; and the rise of tourism and fashionable society was reflected in the proliferation of lodging house keepers, day and boarding school proprietors, dressmakers, milliners and jewellers.
Located in South Yorkshire, the city of Sheffield is a major industrial, cosmopolitan and cultural centre known for its green spaces, galleries and sporting facilities. It is also known throughout the world for its cutlery. The city lies mainly in South Yorkshire with Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to the west, south and east respectively.
Sheffield's city centre has seen significant work done to prioritise pedestrian access, including, amongst other things, excellent links from the railway station to the city centre and a comprehensive city-centre map and signage system. Most things to see and do can be reached on foot. Sheffield walking directions can be planned online with the walkit.com walking route planner.
The Millennium Galleries is free to enter and is an important attraction in the city. The Craft and Design Gallery displays the work of past and present craftsmen and designers. The Metalwork Gallery shows Sheffield's metal industries and the Ruskin Gallery hosts the collection of the Guild of St George. The Special Exhibition Gallery hosts touring exhibitions from galleries like the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Victoria Quays, previously known as the Canal Basin, is an attractive basin straddled by a warehouse and colourful narrowboats to look at. From Victoria Quays it is possible to follow the Sheffield and Tinsley canal towpath to Meadowhall Shopping Centre which is roughly 6.5km away.