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Sheffield is a city located in South Yorkshire and takes its name from the River Sheaf which runs through the city. The city lies in the valleys of the River Don and its four tributaries, the Loxley, the Porter Brook, the Rivelin and the Sheaf. The city has gained a reputation for its steel production which began in the 19th century. The city is home to many innovations including crucible and stainless steel which led to an almost tenfold increase in its population during the Industrial Revolution. Sheffield is a very green city with more than 250 parks, woodlands and gardens in the city.
Sheffield is a major retail centre and is home to many national chain stores, department stores and designer boutiques. The main shopping areas in the city centre are The Moor precinct, Fargate, Orchard Square and the Devonshire Quarter. Outside the city centre is Meadowhall shopping centre and retail park.
Sheffield has been home to several well-known bands and musicians, with an unusually large number of synthpop and other electronic bands originating from the city. These include The Human League, Heaven 17 and ABC. Also the Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Paul Carrack, Richard Hawley and Joe Cocker were either born or established in Sheffield.
Located in the county of Hampshire, the city of Portsmouth, sometimes referred to as "Pompey", lies on the south coast of England and is home to the Royal Navy. The city's Historic Dockyard contains one of the most important collections of historic warships in the world. The collection includes HMS Victory, Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship, and the Mary Rose. For visitors wanting to see modern navy ships, boat tours can be taken around the harbour where docked Royal Navy ships can be observed. Portsmouth also has a rich literary and engineering history and is the birthplace of Charles Dickens and the pioneering engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Portchester Castle,, which is roughly 5 miles from Portsmouth, is one of the best preserved Roman fortifications in Northern Europe. Views from the castle's keep, which was built in Norman times, cover much of the surrounding area. The outer wall is of the late Roman era and the original church is still in use and is popular in summer for weddings. The castle is well sign posted, and served by regular buses and Portchester railway station is only a 10 minute walk.