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Towns of the United Kingdom
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a town is any settlement which has received a charter of incorporation, more commonly known as a town charter, approved by the monarch. In Scotland, the equivalent is known as a burgh, pronounced burra. There are two types of burgh: royal burghs and burghs of barony.
In more modern times it is considered that a town becomes a city (or a village becomes a town) as soon as it reaches a certain population. The charter system is still the official way of recognising town status in the United Kingdom however and it is not an unusal event for towns acros the UK to celebrate their charter in an annual Charter Day (normally a fair or medieval market). The population system of recognising towns has no official standing yet in the United Kingdom.
Lists of towns in the UK
- List of towns in England
- List of burghs in Scotland
- List of towns in Wales
- List of towns in Northern Ireland
Towns of the Isle of Man
Towns of the Channel Islands
- List of towns in the Republic of Ireland
- City status in the United Kingdom
- List of places in the United Kingdom
- UK topics
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