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Where Does The North Of England Start?

Wars have been fought over less.

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@helenlewis @psmith @jimwaterson I'm pretty sure @henrycarden told me Gok Wan lived in Leeds. Was it you? #wangate

Philip Maughan

@pjmaughan

@helenlewis @psmith @jimwaterson I'm pretty sure @henrycarden told me Gok Wan lived in Leeds. Was it you? #wangate

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@pjmaughan @helenlewis @psmith @jimwaterson I'm afraid that I'm sadly not your man for Gok Wan facts!

Henry Carden

@henrycarden

@pjmaughan @helenlewis @psmith @jimwaterson I'm afraid that I'm sadly not your man for Gok Wan facts!

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Unless he moved there recently, that would be a 'no'.

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Totally ewxhausted! Loved being in leeds with all the yorkshire folk. Can not wait for my own bed though. Off to xfac final tomorrow. Woohoo

Gok Wan

@therealgokwan

Totally ewxhausted! Loved being in leeds with all the yorkshire folk. Can not wait for my own bed though. Off to xfac final tomorrow. Woohoo

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But to be fair to the New Statesman, it's tricky figuring out where the North starts and the South ends. The BuzzFeed UK team tried their best to figure it out. Many went for a straightforward line like this.

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Nottingham loses in the North stakes - but Chesterfield? Too close to call.

Nice to see Hull's successful City of Culture bid has quite literally in this case put it on the map.

@psmith A straight line from Boston on the east to the coast just after Crewe on the west. That keeps the midlands and Wales seperate!

Andy Parsons

@andypars

@psmith A straight line from Boston on the east to the coast just after Crewe on the west. That keeps the midlands and Wales seperate!

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@GeneralBoles @jimwaterson @psmith @pjmaughan Not to pour fuel on the fire, but Larkin was from Coventry. Moved to Hull.

Helen Lewis

@helenlewis

@GeneralBoles @jimwaterson @psmith @pjmaughan Not to pour fuel on the fire, but Larkin was from Coventry. Moved to Hull.

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@psmith my granddad is from Nottingham and speaks with an accent and I always thought that was north but I've been scolded many times for it

Dan Williamson

@DanWMedia

@psmith my granddad is from Nottingham and speaks with an accent and I always thought that was north but I've been scolded many times for it

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@psmith Right, ish. Cheshire = north, Staffordshire = Midlands. Sheffield = north, Chesterfield = Midlands. Hull = north, below that not.

Jamie Smith

@JamieSmiff

@psmith Right, ish. Cheshire = north, Staffordshire = Midlands. Sheffield = north, Chesterfield = Midlands. Hull = north, below that not.

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@GeorgieRipley @psmith @neilthackray It's all a question of perspective #northsouthdivide

Peter Houston

@Flipping_Pages

@GeorgieRipley @psmith @neilthackray It's all a question of perspective #northsouthdivide

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@psmith At the Trent. So Nottingham counts as North (leaving aside that it's split by the Trent). Same with Stoke.

Matthew Davies

@matthewjdavies

@psmith At the Trent. So Nottingham counts as North (leaving aside that it's split by the Trent). Same with Stoke.

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@psmith Judging by road signs on the A1 the north is a place you never reach. No matter how far north you go they still point to “The North”

David Campbell

@davidc7

@psmith Judging by road signs on the A1 the north is a place you never reach. No matter how far north you go they still point to “The North”

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Then there are the people a little bit unsure about life outside the M25.

.@psmith Anything outside of Zone 2 in any direction is the North.

Daniel Watkins

@Odd_Bloke

.@psmith Anything outside of Zone 2 in any direction is the North.

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@johngapper @psmith @BenedictEvans late to this, but surely Watford Gap services.

Charles Arthur

@charlesarthur

@johngapper @psmith @BenedictEvans late to this, but surely Watford Gap services.

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@Flipping_Pages @psmith @neilthackray Anywhere outside the M25.

David Hicks

@david_hicks

@Flipping_Pages @psmith @neilthackray Anywhere outside the M25.

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@psmith anything north of Watford Gap surely, as this diagram clearly shows :

Jon Mundy

@jonmundy

@psmith anything north of Watford Gap surely, as this diagram clearly shows :

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