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Knightsbridge

Knightsbridge is a residential and retail district in central London, south of Hyde Park. It is identified in the London Plan as one of two international retail centres in London, alongside the West End. Knightsbridge was known in Saxon and Old English as Cnihtebricge; the original bridge was. The allusion may be to a place where cnihtas congregated: bridges and wells seem always to have been favourite gathering places of young people. However, there is a more specific reference to the important cnihtengild in 11th-century London and to the limits of its jurisdiction. Cniht in the pre Norman days did not have the status meaning of a minor noble, but described a horseman. There are however other claims including a duel between knights. According to a topographer named Norden, the bridge was locally known as "Stonebridge" until a knight called Sir Knyvett was attacked while walking across the bridge late at night; the knight managed to better his attackers and "slew the master thief with his own hand".

This tale of Sir Knyvett's valour gave a new name to the bridge. There is the theory that the bridge may have been used by wealthy residents, the "knights and ladies" rather than the common folk, that the area was used as a meeting place for local youths – where "knight" was a slang term for "lad"; the original name of the area has come under scrutiny with some claiming it was called Knightsbrigg while others believe it was Kynesbrigg. Knightsbridge was a hamlet located in the parish of St Margaret and in St Martin in the Fields, it extended into the parishes of Kensington and Chelsea. It was therefore divided between local authorities from a early time. In the time of Edward I, the manor of Knightsbridge appertained to the abbey of Westminster, it was named after a crossing of the River Westbourne, now an underground river. It is recorded that the citizens of London met Matilda of England at the Knight's Bridge in 1141. From 1885 to 1887, as a result of the opening of trade between Britain and the Far East, Humphreys' Hall in Knightsbridge hosted an exhibition of Japanese culture in a setting built to resemble a traditional Japanese village.

The exhibition was popular, with over 250,000 visitors during its early months. Japanese artisans illustrated "the manners and art-industries of their country, attired in their national and picturesque costumes. Magnificently decorated and illuminated Buddhist temple. Five o’clock tea in the Japanese tea-house. Japanese Musical and other Entertainments. Every-day Life as in Japan". W. S. Gilbert and his wife attended the exhibition, said to have inspired him to write The Mikado; when the Mikado requests of Ko-Ko the address of his son after Ko-Ko tells the Mikado that Nanki-Poo has "gone abroad," Ko-Ko replies that Nanki-Poo has gone to Knightsbridge. Knightsbridge is east of west of Sloane Street. Brompton Road, Beauchamp Place and the western section of Pont Street serve as its southern border together with their adjacent gardens and squares such as Ovington Square, Lennox Gardens and Cadogan Square. South of this area, the district fades into Chelsea while Belgravia lies to the east and South Kensington to the west.

Knightsbridge is home to many expensive shops, including the department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols, flagship stores of many British and international fashion houses, including those of London-based shoe designers Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik, two Prada stores. The district has banks that cater to wealthy individuals; some of London's most renowned restaurants are here, as well as many exclusive hair and beauty salons and antiquities dealers, chic bars and clubs. Bonhams auction house is located in Knightsbridge; the district and the road itself, the only definitive place within it, is small, which assists its cachet: more than half of the zone closest to its tube station is Knightsbridge Underground station. Knightsbridge had in its park side and west gold-coloured blocks of exceptional wealth in philanthropist Charles Booth's late Victorian Poverty Map excluding Brompton Road to the west but extending well into Piccadilly, St James's to the east. Knightsbridge is home to many of the world's richest people and has some of the highest property prices in the world.

In 2014 a terrace of 427m2 sold for a home in Montpelier Square. The average asking price for all the properties in wider SW7 was £4,348,911. On-street parking spaces have sold for as much as £300,000 for a 94-year lease. Fourteen of Britain's two hundred most expensive streets are in the neighbourhood, as defined by The Times. In February 2007, the world's most expensive apartment at One Hyde Park, sold off plan for £100 million, bought by a Qatari prince, another apartment at the same place in February 2009, at the same price, was bought by a Qatari prince. Apartments of this secure, optimum specification, address equate to in excess of £4,000 per square foot. In 2014, a 16,000 ft2 two-storey penthouse in One Hyde Park sold for £140 million. Land in Knightsbridge is for the most part identified by City of Westminster as streng

Green Pond Marsh

Green Pond Marsh is the name of a wetlands area located in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania. The marsh is located one-quarter mile south of U. S. Route 22 and east of Farmersville Road, it is bisected by Green Pond Road. The marsh is separated from Green Pond by Farmersville Road; the portion south of Green Pond Road lies within Northampton County's parcel ID M7 12 4 0205, described in the county's online assessment records as being 68 acres in area. The property is listed as being owned by Green Pond Golf Course, Inc. and records show it was acquired in 1979. Areas north of Green Pond Road fall into multiple real estate parcels and are zoned for single-family homes; the Lenni Lenape, or Delaware, a Native American people, lived in the eastern Pennsylvania area in the vicinity of today's Green Pond. The countryside was described as "once a favorite meeting place, hunting. In the same work, Fritts cited evidence that "races of the Indians still remain in the township, though they are becoming fainter and fainter, as the years roll on.

On the farm of Mr. Leonard Schweitzer, there is an old grave, which tradition says was that of a Delaware chief, the finding of a tomahawk in the ground near it, a few years since, seems to strengthen belief in the truth of the legend."Barry Kresge, a member of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, has found artifacts of the Lenni Lenape in the immediate area of Green Pond Marsh since 1965. An object he described to a reporter from the Express-Times newspaper as a portion of a semi-lunar knife used by native women to clean fish was one of many items he has found in the area; this and other finds prompted him to list the property as a Pennsylvania Historical Site with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in 2005. The Green Pond area was part of a 5000-acre tract owned by daughter of William Penn.. A work published by the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society in 1937, "The Penn Patents in the Forks of the Delaware", contains a map called the "Drylands Tract" showing a semicolon-shaped pond at the point where five parcels deeded to John Buss, Jacob Bunstein, George Hartzell, Frederick King et al. and Conrad Kocher.

At the time of the property transfer, Fritts stated that the settlers found "unbroken forest" around what was named "Dry Lands Pond". This land, according to Fritts, "was known as the'Dry Lands,' which were thought to be so irreclaimably arid and barren, that they would never be fit for human habitation but which are now among the best lands of the county." The year-round pond and its adjoining wetlands were the only body of surface water in that part of Bethlehem Township. According to research done by James Wright and Linda Wright in their book, "Place Names of Northampton County, Pennsylvania", the current name of the pond may come from either the green vegetation and trees surrounding it or from the green scum which sometimes forms on the surface in dry conditions; the Wrights note that Green Pond itself was owned by descendants of William Penn until 1931, when it was transferred to "Mr. Snyder" from the Stuart family of Bath, England; the new owners, their descendants, subsequent owners, all farmers, cultivated their properties through the end of World War II.

Development interests in Bethlehem Township subdivided many of the original Aubrey parcels. However, the largest and most marshy parcel remains in agriculture today. Zoning for the largest parcel, according to a zoning map published by Bethlehem Township, is "Rural Agricultural", represented by a pale green tint on parcels on their GIS map on the township's website. Ownership of the 68-acre parcel according to the metadata in the zoning map, is Green Pond Golf Course, Inc. with a purchase date of January 1, 1979. Studies are underway to determine the extent of the marshy area and its qualification as a Federally-recognized and -protected wetland; the parcel and adjoining areas received a Pennsylvania Audubon Society designation as an "Important Bird Area". Members of the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society and other qualified spotters have identified 161 species of birds in the Green Pond Marsh area, including the Pennsylvania-endangered species of American bittern, black-crowned night heron, black tern, blackpoll warbler, common tern, great egret.

The two Pennsylvania-threatened species are the osprey. A descriptive document filed with the National Audubon Society, Pennsylvania Audubon, the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society to support the nomination of the Green Pond area as an Important Bird Area described the site as: "a large open agricultural field with 2-3 depressions that collect water during most of the year and becoming dry sometimes during summer months, it is fed periodically by an adjacent six-acre pond that lies across the rural township road from the Green Pond Marsh area. The soils have been examined by an ecologist and determined to be hydric, characteristic of wetlands. In recent years the fields are left fallow during winter and spring. Thickets adjacent to fields and pond attract wet-thicket birds, including occasional blackbird flocks including Rusty Blackbird; the Green Pond Marsh is a premiere site for wetland birds in eastern Pennsylvania with large numbers of shorebirds and waterfowl using the shallow pools for stopover on migra

Måløy Bridge

The Måløy Bridge is a cantilever road bridge in Kinn Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. The bridge connects the village area of Degnepoll on the mainland and the town of Måløy on the island of Vågsøy; the bridge carries Norwegian national road 15 over the Måløystraumen Måløy island. The bridge is 1,224 metres long, the longest spans are 125 metres, the maximum clearance to the sea is 42 metres. In total, the bridge has 34 spans. Construction started in 1971, it was opened by King Olav V on 11 July 1974, although the bridge was opened for traffic in December 1973. King Olav came to the opening by ship; the opening of the bridge had to be postponed for a day because the Royal Yacht got delayed by bad weather while at sea. The Måløy Bridge was the longest bridge in Norway at the time of its opening, it cost 32 million kr to construct and was a toll bridge until 1984. The bridge is built to stand wind up to 75 metres per second, however vehicles can't stand anything near that. There are boards on each side of the bridge showing the amount of wind, the bridge has been closed several times because of strong winds.

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