Settlement

 

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Did you know.....?
 
The River Trent, and other rivers, were important places for settlements in the past. Many places by the Trent have grown because of one or more of the following reasons:
 
bulletPeople need to have a water supply. They need water to drink and for industry.
bulletThe River was used for transport and communication, the River was very important in times when roads were poor and before the railway was invented.
bulletPeople would want to live where there was a bridge so that they could cross the River. For example, Newark. Settlers would charge travellers a tax to use the bridge.
bulletTowns grew around castles. Castles were often built by rivers  for defensive reasons. The inside of a bend on a river is a good defensive position. There are castles in Nottingham and Newark.

Have you noticed how some of the places along the River have 'Trent' in their name? For example, Stoke-on-Trent and Burton-upon-Trent.