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Gloucestershire Facts

Interesting and historical facts about Gloucestershire.

  • There is an area of Selsley Common (A Cotswold beauty spot) known locally as 'Dead Mans Acre'. It is said that a man was told that he could have as much land of the common that he could enclose in one day. The effort though, proved too much for the man and killed him.


  • The Cotswolds is the largest 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB) in the UK.


  • The Cotswolds has a network of drystone walls equivalent in length to the Great Wall of China!


  • The Cotswolds is one of the most rural regions of England, with much of it made up of Farmland.


  • The Romans arrived in the Cotswolds in AD47, building famous roads such as 'the Fosse Way', and great towns such as Cirencester.


  • The Cotswolds local sheep 'The Cotswold Lion' once provided wool for half of England's cloth, bringing great prosperity to the region.


  • The local limestone (which is still quarried today) is what gives the buildings in the Cotswolds their beautiful rich golden colour.


  • By the end of the first world war, only a few flocks of the Cotswold Lion (sheep) remained and it became a rare breed. Thankfully, due to conservationists, there are now more than 50 flocks, with many of them in the Cotswolds.


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