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It was not until later in the century that the area became popular. By then it had become recognised for its rich combination of fascinating wildlife, heath and marshland. Rare plants flood the heath-land, amongst these is the bilberry-cowberry cross. Marsh Orchids and sundew flourish in the valleys, and in Brocton Coppice there are the ancient oaks and birches that gave the chase its historic character. Ongoing plantation by the Forestry Commission and wildlife, including fallow deer, badger, red squirrel, and an amazing variety of woodland birds add to the enchantment and beauty of the area which has been an Area of Outstanding Beauty since 1958. It now acts as a Country Park, inviting to nature lovers, birdwatchers and country lovers from all parts of the region. Interestingly, many are drawn here to see the graves of the first Zeppelin crew shot down over Britain. There is also an informative visitor centre.
But Cannock also has an interesting, lively town with a modern town centre and square with a dramatic looking town clock. Spread out from this are streets full of shops where a glance above the windows crammed full of attractive goods, reveals buildings of a bygone age. Some show handsome black and white timber framing from Tudor times, others are solid Georgian and Victorian.
Visitors will find plenty of interest in the town, gardens to relax in when you've tired of the shops and a good mixture of inns, cafe's and restaurants for refreshment. As recently as 2003 Cannock made the news when it was thought an Alligator type creature had been spotted in a pool in Roman View, Churchbridge. However, on investigation both the police and RSPCA inspectors thought it to be nothing more dramatic than a basking carp!
Sons of the town have included author David Christie Murray(1847-1907) who was born near to Cannock and set all his novels in and around the area. William Henry Robinson, novelist and publisher (1847-1926) was born in Cannock, and Tom Wakefield (1935-1996) the novelist who was born and brought up in the town, his father was a local miner. Famous footballer Stan Collymore is also from Cannock and American singer Tiffany lives in Cannock having married a local businessman.
Historically, Cannock is mentioned in the Doomsday Book, its name comes from the old English for "small hill" so it is likely the first settlement here developed along a hill. Latter day history rests with the spread of the coalfields during the middle of the 19th century, and the restless march of industry during the Industrial Revolution.
Today, this ancient area with its attractive centre and beautiful country park has rapidly developed into a desirable residential location for people working in local commercial centres, such as Wolverhampton, Walsall, Stafford and the City of Birmingham.
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Arnside is located within one of Britain's smallest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Arnside and Silverdale AONB. Arnside is a vibrant and beautiful village in Cumbria, situated on the border with Lancashire, and facing the estuary of the River Kent. The Barrow to Lancaster railway crosses the river here on an impressive viaduct. The old pier opposite the Post Office is a reminder of the days when most of the local trade was done by sea. Arnside is fortunate to have a range of local shops and amenities - including two pubs, a post office, a bakery, fish and chip shop and three general stores. Whilst attracting many tourists and holiday makers, Arnside is also a popular retirement haven, with a thriving and very active community life. There are many interesting and scenic local walks - both along the shoreline and over Arnside Knott. The Arnside Gateway website (www.arnside.co.uk) is designed to help residents and visitors access the many on-line resources related to Arnside and its immediate area.
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