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What historical things happened where you live?

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TunipTheVegedude Fri 18-Jan-13 16:19:29

It gives me a huge kick that I can look out of my window and see a line of trees where the main road is that Henry VIII travelled along on the way back to London from his Progress of the North with Katharine Howard.

Actually given that it's a main road there have probably been all sorts of significant people travelling along it, but that's my favourite.

What things happened, or famous historical people have been, near where you live?

ZebraOwl Fri 19-Apr-13 23:21:48

I live in Inner London so there is Famous History at every turn. I am a very spoilt Zebra in that respect.

Sunnymeg Sun 14-Apr-13 17:36:31

The last British battle on English soil took place about 10 miles away. We are in the middle of Monmouth rebellion country.

LiviaAugusta Mon 04-Feb-13 15:55:15

We live in a tiny little village but it's got the most beautiful little Saxon church. We live quite close to a major Roman centre so quite a lot going on there. I still kick myself that until a few years ago I lived not to far from part of Hadrian's wall and I never got around to making a trip to see it.

SoniaGluck Sun 03-Feb-13 22:24:12

Bunbaker Was that the Huskar Colliery disaster?

That's quite local to me, too.

poorbuthappy Sun 03-Feb-13 21:53:10

Lots and llots of Romans.
Oh and a very famous golf tournament a few years ago.

TeamEdward Sun 03-Feb-13 21:52:56

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Umlauf Sun 03-Feb-13 21:50:28

There is a big mansion up the road where lots of ETA prisoners were tortured to death in the early 80s:-(

General Franco's summer residence is just up the road.

Very recent history, and not British, but still!

poozlepants Sun 03-Feb-13 21:14:44

A woman who lived in the old house that stood on this site was tried and hung as a witch in the 1640's.

oldsilver Sun 03-Feb-13 20:56:48

The church that Queen Elizabeth I described as "the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England" is just down the road from us. Um, we were part of the slave triangle, Isambard Kingdom Brunel had a lot to do here and we can see his bridge from our house ... Civil War was quite a thang round these parts too and we are quite well known for our rioting.

KatherineKrupnik Sun 03-Feb-13 20:48:46

I live near the Bridgewater Canal & lots of industrial revolution stuff which I think is bloody fascinating. Love days out at Styal Mill.

AphraBehn Thu 31-Jan-13 09:27:51

Anne Boleyn's family owned land and property near where I live. Don't think she ever came here though.
It's mentioned a lot in The Other Boleyn Girl!

Pleiades45 Sun 27-Jan-13 21:20:00

I grew up in a village a few miles from Stamford Bridge, where Harold did battle with the Norwegians. He then marched his troops along the main road passing the village to go do battle with William.

Worley Sun 27-Jan-13 05:16:41

there is an armarda post which is on the east coast.. it marks the furthest point in land that the Spanish armarda managed to reach on land..
Oliver Cromwell stationed his troops in the old farm house opposite me which is noted in the doomsday book.. (I live in a 1930's house! so not as grand sadly)

sashh Sun 27-Jan-13 04:06:14

Charles I described where I live as "a private sweet village where Squire Grosvenor lives".

Mirage Wed 23-Jan-13 18:55:25

I live in a tiny,tiny place,so not much of note.A robber baron and his gang lived here in the 1340's and killed a local nobleman among their other crimes.The church in the next village is the only one in the country with a lifesize statue of a man on horseback inside.Edward met Mrs Simpson just up the road.The nearest town was world famous for hunting [and still is] and Lord Cardigan had a hunting box there.My grandad and great grandad used to hunt with the old King here.

Branleuse Mon 21-Jan-13 19:50:13

Same as Catpuss, as im a colchester girl too, although id disagree that history was all it has going for it. I <3 the place.

Crikeyblimey Mon 21-Jan-13 19:23:24

The country's very first bit of motorway was built here (my dad was one of several who drove down it before it officially opened.

The Temperance movement stated here. I was brought up in a v old house that was once a village pub and during temperance the landowner turned it into a temperance inn - I have a fantastic photo on the wall of it at that time.

timidviper Mon 21-Jan-13 19:17:36

Gandhi is reputed to have stayed in the house next door but one when he visited the cotton mills in the north of England.

Lots of famous performers have lived around here like Les Dawson, Dick Emery, Joseph Locke (the tenor) and George Formby. Oh, and Russell Grant used to live just up the road, I always met him in the Post Office and he was lovely, very friendly and chatty.

PeneloPeePitstop Mon 21-Jan-13 18:50:36

Where I married DH was where John George Haigh was taken to be remanded in custody after his arrest. The cell door is now in the local museum.

potatopotato Mon 21-Jan-13 18:42:19

Apparently I live in an "ancient market town". I also live near Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town. Oh and John Constable painted stuff near where I live as well.

I've just found out, according to Wikipedia, that there is a Danish King buried in our churchyard.

Flisspaps Mon 21-Jan-13 18:40:20

The Industrial Revolution started here!

William Withering discovered that foxgloves (digitalis) could be used for certain heart problems.

Eglantyne Mon 21-Jan-13 18:39:22

The planet Uranus was discovered from here.

Llanbobl Mon 21-Jan-13 18:33:11

Not sure what a gods train is!! A goods train, if you please!!!

Llanbobl Mon 21-Jan-13 18:32:37

In 1923 the Flying Scotsmsn crashed into the back of a gods train in the fog.

Beside the main church is a weighty black cannon with a plaque saying 'Captured at Sevastopol 1865', which I (Bill Bryson) thought was a remarkable piece of initiative on the part of the locals - it's not every day, after all, that you find a Nottinghamshire market town storming a Crimean redoubt and bringing home booty.

Not much happens heresmile

OscarPistoriusBitontheside Sun 20-Jan-13 00:23:31

Recent history, this town has produced several of the UK's most infamous murders. Moors murderers, Dr. Shipman and mostly recently the two Female PC's.

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