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Biggest Cities of England (Angevin Empire) in 1189 on a Map

With the help of a map, can you name the most populous cities within the Angevin Empire with an estimated population of over 3,000 in 1189 AD?
Population figures are based off this dataset by Dr. E. Buringh, La population des villes européennes, 800-1850 by Paul Bairoch and 4000 Years of Urban Growth: An Historical Census by Tertius Chandler.
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Population
City
40k
London
40k
Rouen
25k
Poitiers
20k
Angers
20k
Caen
20k
Tours
20k
Winchester
18k
Dublin
15k
Bordeaux
14k
Norwich
11k
York
8k
Lincoln
7k
Rennes
6k
Nantes
5k
Agen
5k
Canterbury
5k
Colchester
5k
Cork
5k
Exeter
5k
Limoges
5k
Newcastle upon Tyne
5k
Niort
5k
Périgueux
4k
Angoulême
Population
City
4k
Bagnères-de-Bigorre
4k
Bayonne
4k
Boston
4k
Cambridge
4k
Chinon
4k
Clermont-Ferrand
4k
Évreux
4k
Gloucester
4k
Guérande
4k
King's Lynn
4k
Riom
4k
Saumur
4k
Waterford
3k
Alençon
3k
Auch
3k
Bayeux
3k
Bristol
3k
Cherbourg
3k
Chester
3k
Coutances
3k
Coventry
3k
Dax
3k
Fontenay-le-Comte
3k
Guingamp
Population
City
3k
Hereford
3k
Inverness
3k
Issoudun
3k
Le Mans
3k
Lectoure
3k
Leicester
3k
Lisieux
3k
Morlaix
3k
Nottingham
3k
Oxford
3k
Quimper
3k
Saint-Brieuc
3k
Saint-Flour
3k
Saint-Jean-d'Angély
3k
Saint-Lô
3k
Saint-Malo
3k
Saintes
3k
Shrewsbury
3k
St Albans
3k
Tarbes
3k
Vannes
3k
Vendôme
3k
Worcester
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Level 48
Oct 26, 2022
Funny that Inverness had a higher population than any town in southern Scotland.
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Level 55
Oct 27, 2022
It just shows how densely populated Scotland has always been. Looking at the data for ~2k cities, only Aberdeen, Perth (or likely Scone, its capital at the time) and St Andrews seem to make it when it comes to Scotland.
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Level 53
Oct 30, 2022
I've got a history of the Anarchy in England which says that early in the 12th century, the biggest town in Scotland was Berwick upon Tweed, but it was sacked by one or other English king. Presumably that meant the population fell. I only have the vaguest recollection.

I really enjoyed the quiz, thank you - although I only got half marks, when I looked at the answers I hadn't got there were only four or five where I thought "I should really have guessed that". And to think that 3000 today is basically the size of a middling village...

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Level 55
Oct 30, 2022
Thanks! There will always be disagreements between different sources on city data like this. Berwick-upon-Tweed was listed at a mere 1k at this point in time.

The country would take a major blow to its population count with the Black Death killing a large amount, which did result in some of the cities never rising back to the same level of prominence, like Winchester would drop from 15k to little over 1k and wouldn't recover until the 19th century.