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Started by FleurDuMal on Sep 8, 2021 8:26:19 AM
Interesting or weird little-known facts about your town, city or village.

List them here.

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virgil5 - 08 Sep 2021 08:34:41 (#1 of 185)

inbreeding

FleurDuMal - 08 Sep 2021 08:36:51 (#2 of 185)

In my town:

  • Crimplene was invented
  • The band America was formed
  • Agatha Christie was found in a hotel here, after a country-wide search in 1926.

Catspyjamas17 - 08 Sep 2021 08:38:41 (#3 of 185)

It once had a palace as large and grand as Hampton Court. A fireplace from it is in the pub. The pub is a rubbish chain pub, but the fireplace is nice.

CaptainBlack - 08 Sep 2021 08:44:54 (#4 of 185)

The Dodge family, whose descendants founded Dodge trucks and Dodge City in the USA originally emigrated from Stockport and included former mayors of the town.

FleurDuMal - 08 Sep 2021 08:47:36 (#5 of 185)

Oh, that reminds me - a guy called Samson Fox who invented the corrugated boiler flue was mayor in my town three times.

His descendants are the Fox acting family, including the execrable Laurence.

PoppySeedBagel - 08 Sep 2021 08:49:00 (#6 of 185)

The guy who invented the Segway died going over a cliff into the river. There’s a helpful drawing of his trajectory in this Daily Hate article:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2544706/The-house-Segway-built-Inside-4-5m-home-owned-inventor-died-machine-using-grounds.html

FGBFGB - 08 Sep 2021 08:54:48 (#7 of 185)

An underground ball was held at the opening of the local colliery.

Ginmonkey - 08 Sep 2021 08:55:14 (#8 of 185)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, anti Nazi priest and instigater of a plot to kill Hitler, lived here for a bit in the thirties.

The Horniman tea dynasty had a house here and turned it in to a museum of mad stuff which they then left to the public.

Despite being a largely Victorian and Thirties railway suburb there is a 400 spire from a church in the city of London plonked at the back of the gardens of some sixties town houses.

FleurDuMal - 08 Sep 2021 08:56:41 (#9 of 185)

I love the idea of a museum of mad stuff!

mingmong - 08 Sep 2021 08:56:56 (#10 of 185)

I love that museum.

Where I live - Damien Hirst has his studios, or one of his studios, where he mass-produces those pickled cows, dot paintings etc

Ginmonkey - 08 Sep 2021 08:59:51 (#11 of 185)

The museum of mad stuff is ace and its large, peaceful gardens were an absolute saviour in lockdown.

Ginmonkey - 08 Sep 2021 09:01:22 (#12 of 185)

We also have a wood with a spooky abandoned railway tunnel.

FleurDuMal - 08 Sep 2021 09:02:37 (#13 of 185)

Not my town, but Whitby has a museum of mad stuff, including a Hand of Glory.

Agaliarept - 08 Sep 2021 09:44:51 (#14 of 185)

Where I live now:

  • Birthplace of former PM Theresa May
  • Charles Dickens was a frequent visitor
  • The Cellist who played while the Titanic was sinking was a former resident


Where I was born:

  • Birthplace of Albert King one of the doctors who attended to President Lincoln after his assassination
  • One time home town to Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice
  • It attracts 1,000,000 Chinese tourists anually


Points given for each. No googling!

tasselhoff - 08 Sep 2021 09:47:00 (#15 of 185)

It is reckoned Central Park was based on Birkenhead Park (apparently the first municipal park in Britain).

tasselhoff - 08 Sep 2021 09:48:00 (#16 of 185)

Sorry, It is generally acknowledged as the first publicly funded civic park in the world.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birkenhead_Park

Agaliarept - 08 Sep 2021 09:48:11 (#17 of 185)

apparently the first municipal park in Britain

Heh, I read that about my local park when looking up facts.

Snarlygog - 08 Sep 2021 09:56:26 (#18 of 185)

Farleys rusks were invented here.

Tagyourit - 08 Sep 2021 09:59:32 (#19 of 185)

The gaming table at which the Earl of Sandwich told his butler to "fetch me some meat between 2 slices of bread" is housed in the local town council building.

CaptainBlack - 08 Sep 2021 10:02:27 (#20 of 185)

The rivers Tame and Goyt join in Stockport town centre to form the Mersey, which continues all the way to Liverpool. To mark this spot, they built a motorway over it.

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