In the English language, what is the difference between a "city" and a "town"?
#54596. Asked by author. (Jan 30 05 9:43 AM)
In the UK city status is awarded by the monarch as a royal prerogative and although traditionally a city had to be the seat of a bishop (and thus generally have a cathedral) that isn't actually a requirement. In fact there aren't any specific requirements.
There's a list of all the British cities (and for those who have been awarded the status within the last hundred years also the year that they "made the big time") on this government website:
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