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Plymouth, Devon, population around 250,000, is situated at the head of Plymouth sound, at the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar. Once an important Royal Navy base, now rebuilt and incorporated into the city of Plymouth in the form of Devonport dockyard, the city is rich in maritime history. It was from Plymouth that the Mayflower set sail carrying the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620, while Sir Francis Drake is said to have finished his game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe as the Spanish Armada approached. Other famous sailors to have sailed from Plymouth include Raleigh, Cook and Sir Francis Chichester. Interesting locations include the old harbour area, the Barbican and the Royal Citadel. Traditionally, Plymouth’s economy was linked to its coastal location, fishing and naval operations in particular. In recent times it has diversified into the service sector, though boat building remains important. Tourism also contributes substantially to the economy. The map below shows the features of the city, its streets and houses as they were in the mid twentieth century. Click on a selected area of the map to see an enlargement.

 Plymouth Town Map

Map of Plymouth

Old map of the town of Plymouth circa 1950

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Plymouth Map

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