Exploring the most Picturesque & Historic parts of England
181 Interesting and historical facts about England.
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The county of Northumberland is the least densely populated county in England, with just 62 people per square kilometre.
Legend has it, that during the Anglo-Scots wars, Scottish raiders were in the area of Blanchland Abbey, Northumberland, and so the monks of the abbey decided to pray that the abbey would be spared. After doing so a thick mist soon descended on the valley, hiding the monastry from the Scottish raiding party.
The Lord Crewe Arms Hotel in the village of Blanchland, Northumberland, has a vast fireplace where General Tom Forster hid during the Jacobite rising of 1715. His sister reputably haunts the hotel to this day.
The pretty village of Blanchland in Northumberland is mostly built from the stone of Blanchland Abbey, which was dissolved in 1539.
Hoylake, in Merseyside, is where, in 1690, William III (William of Orange) set sail with 10,000 men to take part in the Battle of the Boyne, in Ireland, where he was victorious against the deposed King James VII and II of Scotland, England and Ireland. James fled to France after the battle, never to return.
King Charles II stayed 2 nights at Broadwindsor, Dorset after fleeing from Cromwell's troops after the Battle of Worcester. However, Parliamentarian troops turned up in the village, demanded accommodation and started looking for the King. Luckily for Charles, one of the women of the enemy camp went into labour, which gave him a chance to flee, which he did dressed as a woman.
Lewesdon Hill is the highest point in Dorset at 279 metres high. It is situated in West Dorset, near to the village of Broadwindsor and offers spectacular views through the trees.
Evershot is famous for its strong associations with Thomas Hardy, the English novelist and poet.
The village of Evershot is the source of the river Frome, which travels for approx 30 miles eventually flowing into the English Channel at Poole Harbour.
At 625ft above sea level, the village of Evershot is the second highest village in Dorset.