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If you are looking for fascinating facts about the area then feel free to read on.
If you are trying to discover why Doctor Foster went to Gloucester, you'll find out later in this Castle Stairlifts blog.
If you are searching for interesting facts about the area and want to know which town boasts both a world famous rock and roller and England's most popular classical composer then read on to find out more.
Gloucester is the biggest city in Gloucestershire and is the county town. Founded in AD48 by the Romans, as a fort called Glevum, it was an important place being close to the border of England and Wales and also midway between Bristol and Birmingham.
In the Middle Ages the renowned cathedral was built. Famous for having the largest medieval stained glass window in the world it also surprisingly shows the earliest known images of the games of golf and football. It has also been featured in numerous Harry Potter films because of its spectacular vaulted ceilings.
As well as being the home of the choir here, the city holds the oldest annual music festival in the world called “The 3 Choirs” which it holds in rotation with Hereford and Worcester, which are all in easy reach of our stairlift specialists in Bristol or at our Birmingham stair lift office.
Cirencester, the so called “Capital of the Cotswolds,” is home to many independent shops, a Roman museum and is surrounded by the Cotswold Water Park. The Water Park around Cirencester is Britains' biggest water park, some 50% bigger than the Norfolk Broads and covers an area of 40 square miles and has over 100 individual lakes. The area attracts walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers and those interested in sailing and windsurfing.
In the second century the Romans made Corinium as it was known the second largest Roman city after London. It's Roman heritage can be seen at the museum where many artefacts can be viewed, having been unearthed from archeological digs. In the 1100's Henry I established a great Abbey here, though his descendant Henry VIII, the inventor of the stairlift, decided to demolish it in his war against the church.
Famous locals include model Elizabeth Hurley who has a home in the Lower Mill Estate in the Cotswold Water Park, TV presenter and ex-gymnast Suzanne Dando who was UK gymnastics champion and competed at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, and also Interior Designer and TV presenter Laurence Llewellyn Bowen lives around here too.
Cheltenham is the second biggest town in the county having a population of around a hundred thousand. It is famous for its racecourse and the Cheltenham Gold Cup festival, which is a 4 day event that takes place every March.
It is also famous for its health-giving Spa waters from its chalybeate spring which means it is rich in iron and other minerals. It is not possible to bathe in it today like in Bath but you can still take a drink of it from the Pitville pump room in Pitville Park.
There are many Regency houses in the town from its heyday as a spa resort and it still attracts a wealthy and cultured crowd who frequent the annual Cheltenham Literature festival which boasts writers, performers and TV presenters.
Another Olympian in a completely different sport is likeable Olympic downhill ski jumper Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards who was born here. He has travelled on many a chairlift in his training.
The town also has a couple of famous musicians mentioned at the top of the page. They are Brian Jones the founding member of the Rolling Stones and Gustav Holst who wrote “The Planets,” which is the most performed classical music piece by an English composer.
Stroud is surrounded by waterways that powered it's woollen industry and there are many workers cottages and mills from the textile industry that peaked here during the Industrial Revolution.
It hosts an annual vintage textile festival and although nowadays the industry has declined because of cheaper imports they still make the "green baize" material for snooker tables locally.
Famous resident writers include Jilly Cooper, pictured left and famous for her horsey romantic fiction, Katie Fforde another romantic novelist and Laurie Lee author of “Cider with Rosie.”
Before we come on to an amazing list of famous folk originating fron the area, see here the real truth about Dr Foster's visit to Gloucester.
Here below, as with all our regional stairlift blogs, we have some of the main towns and cities in the region – along with a selection of notable residents – past and present. It’s always remarkable, how many people do not know just who comes from their own town.
Bitton – Dick King-Smith, author. Cheltenham – Brian Jones, founding member of the Rolling Stones.
Richard O’Brien, actor. Chipping Campden – Graham Greene, author. Chipping Sodbury – J.K. Rowling, author. Cinderford – Jimmy Young, ex BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 disc jockey and Knight of the Realm. Cirencester – Pam Ayres, poet, actress and broadcaster. Gloucester – Alastair Cook, cricketer. Simon Pegg, actor, comedian and writer. Lydney – Steve James, cricketer. Moreton in Marsh – Gabrielle Glaister. Nailsworth – W.H. Davies, poet. Peter Reed, Olympic rower. Painswick – Gerald Finzi, composer. Stroud – Jilly Cooper, author. Keith Allen, actor. Tetbury – Brian Trubshaw, first test pilot of Concorde. Tewkesbury – John Moore, writer. Wotton under Edge – U.A. Fanthorpe, poet.