With an estimated population of 2017, Birmingham - the county seat of Jefferson County, is the largest city in the U.S. state of Alabama. Birmingham is a relatively young city, being established in 1871 during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, through a merger of three nearby towns. It was named after Birmingham, England. And, you truly do not need to go all the way to the "original" Birmingham to feel a bit of a British spirit. In an article written three years ago, among "10 British Things About Birmingham, Alabama", BBC America highlighted a Doctor Who fan club called "The Blue Box Companions
", a recreation of an English abbey
located in Birmingham's suburb Redmont and the Alabama Drums and Pipes
band which, besides drumming and piping, tries to educate the public about the deep roots of Celtic culture in Alabama.