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The castle served to protect Sutton Pool, which is where the fleet was based in Plymouth prior to the establishment of Plymouth Dockyard.In 1512 an Act of Parliament was passed for further fortifying Plymouth.It is governed locally by Plymouth City Council and is represented nationally by three MPs.Plymouth's economy remains strongly influenced by shipbuilding and seafaring including ferry links to Brittany (Roscoff and St Malo) and Spain (Santander), but has tended toward a service-based economy since the 1990s.It has the largest operational naval base in Western Europe, HMNB Devonport, and is home to the University of Plymouth. The settlement of Plympton, further up the River Plym than the current Plymouth, was also an early trading port.As the river silted up in the early 11th century, mariners and merchants were forced to settle downriver at the current day Barbican near the river mouth.The combined town took the name of Plymouth which, in 1928, achieved city status.
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On 12 November 1439, the English Parliament made Plymouth the first town incorporated.
In the late fifteenth century, Plymouth Castle, a "castle quadrate", was constructed close to the area now known as The Barbican; it included four round towers, one at each corner, as featured on the city coat of arms.
Discover the history of the hallowed Black Friar's Distillery and get an introduction to the centuries old Plymouth Gin distillation process.
Your tour includes a short tutored tasting of Plymouth Gin Original and Plymouth Sloe Gin.