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What Makes a City a City?

What Makes a City a City?
What Makes a City a City?, The presence of a cathedral meant St David's in Pembrokeshire had city status with a population of around 2,000. Image Courtesy of Alamy
The presence of a cathedral meant St David's in Pembrokeshire had city status with a population of around 2,000. Image Courtesy of Alamy

You probably use the word 'city' on a daily basis, but if put on the spot - could you give it a concise definition? Under the rule of Henry VIII, the title of city was given to virtually any settlement in the United Kingdom with a diocesan cathedral. Obviously, times have changed. For Robert Bevan's thoughts on the title's past and present meaning, read his article on The Guardian here.

Cite: Jennifer Whelan. "What Makes a City a City?" 15 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/506558/what-makes-a-city-a-city/> ISSN 0719-8884