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LANCASHIRE, is at heart of North West England and is the old shire or county of Lancaster, a former Roman settlement on the River Lune. The county offers breathing space and leisure attractions for nearby cities like Manchester and Liverpool which were historically Lancashire towns. The open country of the Pennines dominates the north of the county, while the Lancashire coast is the home of Blackpool, Britain's biggest holiday resort. The populous south of Lancashire is dominated by the city of Manchester and a whole host of neighbouring towns, most of which developed as huge cotton producing centres in the nineteenth century. In what was traditionally the south west of Lancashire, the county's industrial wealth helped in the development of Liverpool as Europe's major Atlantic port. Further south and only a short journey from Manchester and Liverpool is North Cheshire which offers many delights for the tourist, most notably the ancient walled city of Chester. Chester was a stronghold, strategically located close to the border with Wales.
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