Nottingham is the capital city of Nottinghamshire
. It is a rail center and has water connection with Derbyshire
by canals and with the sea by the Trent
. Nottingham Castle sits on a precipitous rock 133 feet above the Trent.
Nottingham's history begins in the 9th century, when it was an important Danish burgh. The town was the scene of three parliaments between 1330 and 1337, and of the raising of the standard of Charles I at the start of the Parliamentary War in 1642.