The Lancaster district is located at the heart of an outstandingly beautiful area. The overall population is 138,100 of which around 90,000 live in the urban areas of Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham. The Lancaster district is an important centre for law, for education and for the farming community. Lancaster University is one of the top ten research facilities in the United Kingdom and its School of Management Studies is renowned. The scenery varies from the sea coast to bare open moorlands. Lancaster was the site of a Roman fort, an Anglo-Saxon monastery, a Royal Castle, and was for centuries the county town of Lancashire, to which it gives its name. A prosperous port trading with the West Indies and later an industrial town, it is now the capital of north Lancashire.