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John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Tue May 8 12:47:21 BST 2012

Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> In general, the world considers a city to be a "very large town". In
> the 
> UK (and possibly other places) the concept of "city" has specific 
> connotations, namely the granting of Letters Patent by the Crown (a 
> cathedral is not a prerequisite, nor is it a guarantee of city
> status!)
> A similar system in the Netherlands dictates that The Hague is 
> technically only a village as it has never formally been granted the 
> right to call itself a town, let alone a city.
> The Post Town (as used by Royal Mail) is one way of defining a
> location, 
> but there may be cases where Royal Mail disagrees with local
> government 
> and/or common usage.
> On 08/05/2012 11:36, Philip Barnes wrote:
> >
> > I believe there is an address locallity which can be used in this
> case.
> >
> >
> > Why city though? Isn't posttown more correct, not every address 
> > contains the name of city. Mine for example, Shrewsbury. It is a
> large 
> > town, but not a city. To be a city it would require a cathedral.

In Virginia (US State), towns are governed by larger administrative bodies, namely counties.  Cities, on the other hand, are independent of counties and on the same level in the administrative hierarchy as counties, even though they may be completely surrounded by a particular county.

John F. Eldredge --  john at jfeldredge.com
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