The Canal, The Hill, Wiltshire (Oh, and Oliver..).
Some well known (and not so well known) facts about the locals and their environment …
The Kennet & Avon Canal is 87 miles long, supports over 100 species of birds and links London with the Bristol Channel
The Caen Hill Locks are a flight of 29 locks between Rowde and Devizes with a rise of 1 in 44 gradient or 237 feet in 2 miles.
The name ‘Caen’ means ‘battle’ which places Caen Hill as ‘battle’ hill (for narrowboat owners, no surprise there then!)
‘Oliver Cromwell’ is a song recorded by Monty Python in 1980 but not released until 1989 where it featured on their compilation album Monty Python Sings.The lead vocals are performed by John Cleese, with interjections by Eric Idle.
In Cricklade, just off the high street, there is a sign that says “In 1832 on this spot nothing happened!”
The Wadworth Brewery is the only Brewery that has a full time inhouse Sign Writing team, who hand-paint all the pub signs in the traditional way.
Oliver Cromwell overthrew King Charles I, signed his death warrant and then became just like him!
Wiltshire has some strange named places – Lover (pronounced Lowver), which is famous for its visits by romantics near Valentine’s Day – New Zealand which can be found just off the A3102 south of Lyneham – Tiddleywink, which is situated just outside Castle Combe.
Oliver Cromwell had five sons and four daughters with a woman he married out of convenience (she must have been a proper looker!)
Did you know another series of Poldark is being filmed this year at Great Chalfield Manor? Other filming includes The White Princess in Lacock and Bradford on Avon and Transformers at Stonehenge.
Salisbury Cathedral’s spire is the tallest in Britain (404ft / 123m). It was added to the Cathedral in the mid-1300s and weighs around 6,600 tons
Oliver Cromwell died of malaria at the age of 59 on 3 September 1658 in Whitehall, London. His resting place is located at Tyburn, London (you know, where the used to hang people from a tree…)