Grafton Underwood, UK
Grafton Underwood
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Bridget hails from the tiny village of Grafton Underwood in Northamptonshire. 

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Grafton Underwood was designated a conservation area in 1977.  During World War II, it was home to an 8th US Army Air Force base. Its population is approximately 130 residents. Most are aged between 45 and 60, live in detached houses or cottages, and have adult children. The newspaper of choice is reported to be the Daily Telegraph.

 

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The county of Northamptonshire, or 'England's Pancreas', has a population of approximately 630,000 (2001).  The largest town is Northampton.

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London, UK
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The exact location of Bridget's one bedroom flat in London is never revealed, although she does refer to her street as "the kind that still has 'Free Nelson Mandela' posters in the windows", suggesting that it's not a terribly fashionable location.

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London is the capital of the UK. When the book was published in 1996, approximately 6,829,300 people lived there; by 2005, this figure had risen to 9,332,000. Around 30% of the population are foreign born, speaking more than 300 languages.

 

Straddling both sides of the River Thames, Greater London is divided into 32 boroughs. These surround the square mile known as the City, which was founded by the Romans and is now the largest central business and financial district in Europe, with a daily working population of around 300,000. The "Tube", London's underground rail network, is one of the largest in the world.

 

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London also leads the world in culture, arts, fashion and media.  Bridget's publishing house is one of many headquartered in the capital.  The impressive array of historical buildings (Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, The Tower of London), iconic museums and galleries and the huge variety of bars, clubs and restaurants make London a great place to live and visit. 

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