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Situated on the banks of the River Lune, the county town of Lancashire, Lancaster, has long been a major commercial, educational and cultural centre for the region.

Home to around 45,000 residents, the city has a long and illustrious history with particular ties to the Royal family - among her many titles, the Queen is the Duke of Lancaster. As a major local port linked to other urban centres inland, the city has been at the heart of the surrounding area's industrial network for centuries, before that being an important settlement due the military significance of Lancaster Castle.

The centre of Lancaster is home to many historic buildings, a number of which are in and around the central market square including the city's museum and main library. Much of the centre of the city is made up of fine Georgian architecture, as well as several examples of more ancient schools of design such as the city's parish church, Lancaster Priory.

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