182 Interesting and historical facts about England.
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At 625ft above sea level, the village of Evershot is the second highest village in Dorset.
The village of Ightham in Kent, was once famous for growing Kentish cob nuts.
Scenes of the period drama The Monuments Men were shot in Fingest in May 2013, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Jean Dujardin.
The market town of Launceston was once the capital of Cornwall.
In 1501, Catherine of Aragon stayed at The Queen’s Arms in Charmouth, Dorset. It is also where King Charles stayed on Septemeber 22 1651. The king was trying to escape Oliver Cromwell's soldiers, and was given refuge by the landlady at the time, Margret Ward. The building is now known as The Abbots house and is the oldest building in Charmouth.
The county of Dorset has no motorways, with agriculture and tourism its main industry. It does however have an international airport near Bournemouth, railway links to London, and 3 coastal ports in Poole, Weymouth, and Portland.
Dorset has a long history of smuggling, which was particularly common during the 18th century.
Dorset is the birthplace of the Trade Union Movement, started by the 'Tolpuddle Martyrs' - a group of 6 labourers who formed a trade union to protest against falling wages. They were sentenced to transportation to Australia but they were pardoned following massive protests by the working classes.
The county name of Dorset is derived from the town of Dorchester
The Monmouth Rebellion began at Lyme Regis, Dorset, and was a failed attempt by the Duke of Monmouth to overthrow James II. It ended in the Bloody Azzises - a series of trials that took place in the county town of Dorchester, which saw 74 of the accused executed, 175 transported, and 9 publically whipped.