The Brit List: The 10 Most British Towns in America

Knoxville, Tennessee

The Knoxville skyline. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

After the American Civil War, 104 Welsh immigrant families crossed from Union to Confederate territory, moving from Pennsylvania to the Unionist East Tennessee to work in a rolling mill and build their own Congregational church.

Of the original iron works, only the premises, which now contains the Foundry restaurant, remains. But more than 250 families in greater Knoxville can trace their ancestry directly to the original immigrants.

Knoxville today is a fast-growing city, bristling with restaurants, museums and art galleries. And every year it celebrates St. David’s Day, for the patron saint of Wales.

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William Kay

Bill Kay was a London business journalist until he emigrated to Pasadena, ten miles north of Los Angeles, from where he writes a financial advice column for the London Sunday Times. He was City Editor of The Times and the Mail on Sunday and has written a dozen books, including a Pasadena murder-mystery novel, as well as dipping into screenwriting and stand-up comedy. He attended Westminster City School and The Queen's College, Oxford, and still manages to follow Chelsea Football Club. He has two adult sons, Andrew and Ben - and two grandchildren, Jackson and Indiana - all in London.

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