The world’s first lawnmower was invented in Stroud in 1830. Edward Beard Budding submitted a patent for “a new combination and application of machinery for the purpose of cropping or shearing the vegetable surface of lawns, grass-plats and pleasure grounds”. It wasn’t until 1973 that a group of chaps in a pub got together and came up with the bright idea of racing them and thus the first Lawnmower Grand Prix was born. Yes, many wonderfully pointless English ideas seem to begin with ‘a group of men in a pub’!
The world’s first vaccine was created in Gloucestershire. When a smallpox outbreak occurred in the county in 1796, the local doctor of Berkeley, Edward Jenner who had studied at London’s St George’s Hospital, drew a theory based on local folklore. It appeared that milkmaids who suffered mild symptoms of the disease never contracted full-blown smallpox. He inserted pus taken from a smallpox pustule into the arm of 8-year-old James Phillips. The result was the world’s first vaccine.
The first jet powered aeroplane was designed and built in the county by Frank Whittle and his team and named the Gloster E.28. It took it’s first flight in 15 May 1941. This led to the Gloster Meteor which was the first jet plane to be used by the allied army.
The UK’s largest ice cream factory is in Gloucester. Having originally started manufacturing ice cream in London in 1922, Walls moved production to Gloucester in 1959 and they’ve been pleasing taste buds and dripping on the T-shirts of the nation’s children ever since. You could treat yourself to a cone as a reward after your Gloucestershire removals?!?
Cotswold Lion’s are a breed of sheep reared in the area that once produced wool that made half of all of England’s cloth. By the early 1900s it had become a rare breed but thanks to conservationists there are now a number of flocks in the country.
The famous spring that made Cheltenham a spa town, brought about the town’s wealth and prosperity was actually discovered by pigeons. The birds kept flocking to a field and a nosy farmer wanting to see why they were in a flap found the source. In a nod to their feathered friends and as a mark of gratitude the town’s crest features a pigeon.
In 2019 £2.5million was withdrawn from cash machines around the Cheltenham Race Course during the Cheltenham Festival. Paddy Power estimated that Irish punters alone would bet a staggering £389,358,000. The event brings an estimated 65,000 visitors every day, during the four days the local train station sees passenger numbers increase by 104,000 and the Festival is thought to be worth around £100 million to the local economy.
Oak from the Forest of Dean was used to make the ships that fought the Spanish Amada. In fact, a lot of wood was used. Lord Nelson visited the area in 1802 to view the wood and was so worried about how many trees had gone that he ordered plans be drawn up for replanting which resulted in 30,000,000 acorns being planted, many of the resultant trees are still standing.
The Forest of Dean was also the hunting ground of kings. Only kings. The entire forest was reserved exclusively for the hunting pleasure of the king. The Forest of Dean’s Verderers’ Court was set up in 1282 and its primary role was to stop common folk cutting down wood, hunting animals and building homes anywhere in the forest.
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Home to the Forest of Dean and encompassing a large portion of the Cotswolds and the Severn Vale, Gloucestershire is renowned for its farming life, love of animals and outstanding scenery. It’s also an excellent hunting ground for antiques and antiquated books for anyone making their Gloucestershire removals.
Gloucestershire has a number of native breeds, such as Gloucester Cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs and Cotswold Lion sheep. Wild boar live in both the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley but are mostly shy, elusive creatures. Foodies are certainly well catered for, with a large number of artisan producers, and cottage industries with everything from fudge and cider to ice cream and sausages. Heading out and about it’s difficult not to find a lovely country pub or café to explore with miles and miles of countryside to enjoy.
It’s also a much sought-after location for homes with a number of famous faces living in the area; ex-prime ministers, business leaders, ex-footballers, popstars, movie stars have all taken up residence in this part of the Cotswolds that offers excellent links to South Wales and the M4 corridor leading to London and Heathrow Airport.
The UK’s foremost collection of trees with 15,000 specimens covering 2,500 different species of trees from around the world, Westonbirt Arboretum was created over 200 years ago and now plays a vital role in preserving trees and fighting diseases around the world.
With 180 lakes spread over 40 square miles, this is the perfect place for adventurists and thrill-seekers to try something new. It you prefer a gentler pace of life, it’s also home to all manner of bird species and wildlife with lovely walks and cafes so you can enjoy the great outdoors.
Get up close and personal with 500 different species of feathered friends. A collection spanning owls, hawks, flamingos, and cassowaries, from penguins to parrots and everything in between, it’s an amazing site, perfect for a family day out or lazy ‘twitchers’.
While it’s unlikely that you’ll see HRH Prince Charles out mowing the lawn, the amazing grounds of his incredible home are certainly worth a visit. Visually stunning, the grounds are also involved in helping to protect the environment. They also serve excellent teas!