Claimants to be “Britain’s Second City”

Cities which have historically been claimed to be Britain’s Second City.

The basis of Claim:
1. Birmingham- second largest city by population from c.1950
2. Manchester- second largest city by economy from c.1950
3. Glasgow- second largest city in Britain proper c.1800-1950
4. Liverpool- second-largest economy c.1800-1950
5. Dublin- second largest city in British Isles c.1800-1900
6. Edinburgh- the capital of second largest country after England
7. Philadelphia- second largest city of Empire c.1700-1757
8. Calcutta- second largest city of Empire c.1757-1947
9. Norwich- second largest city by population before c.1800
10. Bristol- second largest city by economy before c.1800
11. York- secondary administrative center before c.1800
12. Cardiff/Belfast- common tongue-in-cheek claims
Cities which have historically been claimed to be Britain's 2nd City

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