England is, of course, home to many interesting counties! Gloucestershire is one which offers a fantastic array of heritage, countryside and more. In fact, it has a strong connection with many different popular stores and characters, and beyond this, it’s also been host to many famous filming locations.
How much do you know about Gloucestershire? You might even live in the area and not know some of the fascinating facts about Gloucestershire we’ve lined up for you in this file!
Gloucestershire was once famous for its wool, to the extent where sheep wool was once the county’s main export.
Gloucester Cathedral may be of particular interest to Harry Potter fans, given the fact that it was used as one of the filming locations for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Believe it or not, the drystone walls surrounding the Cotswolds are said to extend the same length as the Great Wall of China!
Damien Hirst, the world famous artist, is the owner of the majestic Toddington Manor.
All counties have a motto, and Gloucestershire’s is Prorsum Semper. This means ‘ever forward’.
You can still see some of the Roman ruins of Gloucester itself if you look carefully into the viewing area at Eastgate. The remains of a tower and horse bath are still in place.
Gloucester has a famous rugby team that goes by the name of ‘The Cherry and Whites’. However, they used to be called the Elver Eaters. Weirdly enough, this was as a result of local people enjoying eating eels!
The Tailor of Gloucester is a Beatrix Potter story which is said to be inspired by a local tradesman in the city. The building in question is now a museum and dates all the way back to 1535.
Cirencester was once an important refuge site for children who were impacted by World War II. It’s thought that more than 2,000 young people were moved here for their safety.