South West England is one of nine official regions of England. It is the largest such region in area, covering 9,200 square miles (23,828 km2) and comprising Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Five million people live in South West England.
The region includes the area often known as the West Country and much of the ancient kingdom of Wessex. The size of the region is shown by the fact that the northern part of Gloucestershire, near Chipping Campden, is as close to the Scottish border as it is to the tip of Cornwall. The largest city is Bristol. Other major urban centres include Plymouth, Swindon, Gloucester, Exeter, Bath, and the South East Dorset conurbation of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. All counties either include at least one unitary authority or are unitary authorities themselves, as is the case with Cornwall and the Unitary Authority of Bristol. The region has 8 cities: Salisbury, Bath, Wells, Bristol, Gloucester, Exeter, Plymouth and Truro. It includes two National Parks and four World Heritage Sites, including Stonehenge.
The region is used for statistical analysis, being at the first level of NUTS for Eurostat purposes. Key data and facts about the region are produced by the South West Observatory. Following the abolition of the South West Regional Assembly and Government Office, some local government co-ordination across the region is now undertaken by South West Councils.
Traditionally, the South West of England has been well known for producing Cheddar cheese, which originated in the Somerset village of Cheddar, for Devon cream teas, crabs, Cornish pasties, and for cider. It is also well known as the home of the Eden Project, Aardman Animations, the Glastonbury Festival, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, trip hop music and also Cornwall's surfing beaches.
... Density (People/km²) Primary Settlement Major localities Metropolitan Area Country/Region of England 1 Greater London Urban Area 8,278,251 67 1,623.37 5,099.4 London London Boroughs (incl ... Manchester North West England 4 West Yorkshire Urban Area 1,499,465 26 370.02 4,052.4 Leeds Bradford, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Keighley Leeds-Bradford Yorkshire and the Humber 5 Greater Glasgow ... Helens Liverpool North West England 8 Nottingham Urban Area 666,358 15 158.52 4,203.6 Nottingham Beeston and Stapleford, Carlton, Long Eaton Nottingham-Derby East Midlands 9 Sheffield Urban Area 640,720 ...
... Sparkford Vale Hunt Cattistock Hunt Cotswold Hunt Cotswold Vale Farmers Croome and West Warwickshire Foxhounds Cury Hunt Dartmoor Hunt Duke of Beaufort's Hunt Dulverton Farmers Hunt (formerly ...
... The entries for England in this list were compiled from the 2010 list and 2011 amendments, while those for Scotland and Wales were complied from the 1994 list ... Region Ceremonial county Destination East of England Bedfordshire Bedford East of England Bedfordshire Dunstable East of England Bedfordshire Luton East of England Bedfordshire Luton Airport ... Powys Newtown Wales Powys Rhayader Wales Powys Welshpool Wales South Glamorgan Cardiff Wales West Glamorgan Neath Wales West Glamorgan Port Talbot ...
... Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury (boys) South Wilts Grammar School for Girls, Salisbury (girls) ...
... Local media include Two BBC regions – BBC South West, based in Plymouth which has the Spotlight programme and BBC West based in Clifton in Bristol with the Points West regional ... ITV West is based in Bristol and Westcountry Television is based in Plymouth ... Their joint news programme is The West Country Tonight ...
Famous quotes containing the words england, south and/or west:
“Why doesnt the United States take over the monarchy and unite with England? England does have important assets. Naturally the longer you wait, the more they will dwindle. At least you could use it for a summer resort instead of Maine.”
—W.H. (Wystan Hugh)
“While the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted.”
—Flannery OConnor (19251964)
“Where theres more of singing and less of sighing,
Where theres more of giving and less of buying,
And a man makes friends without half trying
Thats where the West begins.”
—Arthur Chapman (18731935)