7.5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Gloucestershire

It is great knowing stuff about where you live, not just to shamelessly name-drop facts into everyday conversations and sound very-knowing, but also to give your everyday adventures in the county more meaning.

Also, these facts may crop up in your pub quiz and who knows… you might win anything from a spa day to a bottle of Pinot Grigio, depending on where you go. (If so, tweet us and tell us!)

Right, without further ado!

  1. Gloucestershire has the biggest ice cream factory in Europe.

    Walls Ice Cream factory was built in 1959.

 

 

2. Henry III was crowned in Gloucester Cathedral when he was 9 years old

Westminster was deemed too unsafe in 1216, because of the civil unrest.

 

 

 

3. The nursery rhyme ‘Doctor Foster’ was apparently inspired by King Edward I.

Rumour has it that during a visit to Gloucester, King Edward fell in a muddy puddle and was so humiliated he refused to visit the city ever again.

 

 

 

4. In the 2001 census, almost five thousand people in and around Gloucester stated their religion and ethnicity to be ‘Jedi.’

 

 

 

5. During The 2015  Cheltenham Racing Festival, a mighty 45,000 bread rolls were scoffed.

That’s a lot of sandwiches.

 

 

 

6. The Dursley’s from Harry Potter, were named after the town Dursley.

‘cos J.K Rowling grew up in Gloucestershire AND of course, we all know a lot of the franchise was filmed in the cathedral.

 

 

 

7. The first Lawn Mower was invented in Gloucestershire by Edwin Budding.

If you’re into that kind of thing, you can see it for yourself at Stroud’s Museum in the Park.

 

 

 

7.5 Gloucestershire is the greatest place to live ever.*

 

 

 

Well, we think so anyway!

By Aimee Jakes

@aimeejakes

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