How High?

Birmingham is not in much fear of flooding due to higher sea-levels, despite what people might mock up to sell their online games:

It is quite a way above the water — “highest point west of the Urals” I’ve been told (without knowing really what that meant: in a direct line? still higher that what’s to come further west?) — but is it the highest city in England?

I’d have guessed possibly. But guessing isn’t enough for John Mostyn, who set out to find out for sure. First he asked the Ordinance Survey, they said “we don’t know, go away” (to paraphrase), then he got his MP to ask them. And they snapped to attention (it’s what we pay our taxes for):

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Fourth. Not bad, I might have put Sheffield higher but not Stoke. You can read the full story, and see the full list over on John’s blog.

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